What does it sound like?:
Gather round all you Yes fans – others have permission to leave the room! A 14 cd set encompassing 7 shows from late 1972 taken from recently discovered and restored tapes.
The set list is the same for each show, although there are minor variations in the performances of individual songs of course.
Some of this material was used on Yessongs, but these cds, unlike that album, do not include any material from earlier tours – so favourites such as Starship Trooper, Long Distance Runaround and Perpetual Change are absent.
What you do get is a run through of classic era Yes material with the band firing on all cylinders and at their improvisational best.
The set is accompanied by an informative illustrated and detailed booklet with articles on the discovery and restoration of the tapes and the background to the album, and comes nicely presented in a box with new Roger Dean artwork.
What does it all *mean*?
A 2cd highlights set is available as well, but hardcore fans will want the full 14 cd 12 hour experience experience, which is a worthy addition to the catalogue.
Goes well with…
Classic prog from the 70s – this ranks alongside, if not betters, any work that the band’s contemporaries were producing.
Might suit people who like…
For Yes fans, prog fans and those who want to hear one of the most influential bands of that period at a time when they were still young and hungry and full of musical ideas which were backed up with their playing abilities. An era in which music of this type was still new and groundbreaking and the band still had fire in their bellies!