And You And I. Cord Of Life. The Preacher And The Teacher. The Apocalypse. Mood For A Day. Your Move. I've Seen All Good People. Long Distance Runaround. The Fish. I just bought a clean pressing of The Yes Album catalog SD but am very disappointed in the sound n side one. It's bright and thin, with very little depth and almost no low end. I haven't listened to side two yet.
It's a SRC do I have that right? Gardo , Dec 28, Location: Dublin, Ireland. On the label Good live album with sound quality typical of a lot of live albums of its time. Basically made redundant by the Progeny releases.
With that in collection no need to listen to Yessongs again. Alan57 , Jan 11, Roberto and ytserush like this. Location: Sacramento, CA.
I always dug Yessongs for what it was: great performances. The SQ didn't bother me. You might want to check out the Progeny highlights album to hear remixed versions from the same tour. I believe the full version includes most of the Yessongs performances. Helicopter Steve , Jan 11, Floyd Crazy , RangerXT , perplexed and 2 others like this.
Location: NH. I guess prog bands are supposed to be renowned for their sterling production quality and neither of these recordings are particularly "audiophile" sounding.
Still, I think the performances are great on both releases. Wouldn't be without them. Barnabas Collins , Jan 11, Format : CD. Seller : galaxysounds. Format : LP. Seller : sebloup.
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Most of the remaining tracks are reasonably faithful to their studio counterparts, although Squire's bass solo on "The fish" is enhanced and developed into a much longer piece. When you consider that virtually all the material included here still forms the cornerstone of the band's live set today, you appreciate just how spoilt Yes fans of the early 70's actually were.
Every track is an absolute classic. The music included is the best part. It starts with an excerpt from Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite," but unfortunately is just a recording, and not played by the band. Soon the band enters to play "Siberian Khatru," which is very well done, and doesn't stray much from the studio version except that the electric sitar is absent. They end it with a huge amount of feedback, tricking you into thinking that something went wrong, then plunges back into the song.
HOWE's "Mood for a Day" is really the only filler on here, replicated exactly as it was in the studio, and even in the studio it was mainly filler anyway. I wondered how they would ever pull it off, but they do. SQUIRE performs superbly, taking individual themes from the studio version and twisting them through a wah pedal, with the rest of the band helping. You have to hear it to believe it. This version is my personal favorite, and HOWE actually plays his electric sitar the whole time onstage, another plus.
This album could easily be enjoyed by YES veterans and newcomers alike. It could be a very good album to start with, actually, if you were just starting to get into YES. A must-have for fans. Well, it's gonna be boring if I review on track by track basis as by now I assume that you have been familiar with all individual track of this live set.
I do like the live atmosphere and the high energy by all members of Yes in this show. If you don't have this album, I recommend you should get one. I also have the laser disc version with selected tracks only from the CD version of the show which represents an excellent documentary of the band's live show history, even though the sound quality is really poor. Keep on proggin'.! Intro : the ending of the majestic 'firebird suite' epic.
Siberian Kathru : This is one song that sounds better than the original, because it packs so much energy here. Perpetual Change : Another song that sounds better than the original. There are extended solos and of course Wakeman makes keyboards better than in the studio album.
And You and I : very disappointing, because it sounds loud , too electric and sounds more like a rock song. Besides the intro solo is removed.
Mood For a day : a little more virtuosic than the fragile version, but I think it doesnt' mean its better. Rick Wakeman show-off : it has always been a favourite of mine, and I love keyboard solos In addition, the intro played by electric guitar ruins its magic for me. I've seen all good people : not a great song, and its worse here. I miss the church organ, and the energy it had on the other version here it's slower , and the sound quality. Close to the edge : very nice version, the performance is very good, and alan white drumming during the church organ now a keyboard solos shows that bill brufford should have drummed there.
Yours is no Disgrace : The highlight of the album for me, since it sounds great, and it has an extended solo which for me is my favourite guitar solo of Steve Howe. Starship Trooper : Disappointing guitar sound, and the wonderful vocal harmonies after the acoustic section done here in electric guitar is replaced by a horrible keyboard playing.
The saving grace are the solos keyboard and guitar at the end of the song. This great live recording has poor sound that bothers my listening, if you can tolerate it, I highly would recommend this album. It acclaimed a legendary status worldwide as a live observation by the pioneers of symphonic prog.
It included on three lp-sides all the essential music from their breakthrough "The Yes Album" with Tony Kaye on keys and their symphonic masterpieces thankfully Rick Wakeman in wide parts "Fragile" and "Close To The Edge", with which the band reached worldwide attention and huge fame.
The sound quality of the original recording was in a disappointing analog sound and in comparison with the recording to the three studio albums a bit weak, which reduced the pleasure to listen this fantastic live album in some few sound-technical aspects. The huge Yes fan felt nowhere disturbed by this though.
With this digitally remastered double cd version, you'll get an superior sound to the original recording, where the pure power and virtuosity of the band to this time is very well presented.
The nice booklet contains 4 big stunning beautiful artwork-pictures by Roger Dean the one and only representative prog-records-artwork-painter of it's time. In comparison with the 23 years later released double live album "Keys To Ascension", the sound is harder and wilder on "Yessongs", but I perfer the more mature and routined sounding versions of "Siberian Khatru", "Heart Of The Sunrise" or "Roundabout" on the also brilliant "Keys To Ascension", but that's more a matter of taste.
Fact is, that all in all this is the most stunning live album of Yes and probably the complete prog history and no prog collection can be considered complete without it. Get your copy now if you don't already got one - But look for the digital remastered edition from Atlantic, because of the superior digital sound quality.
Rating: 9. I bought the 3 LP set in the 70s after I got the studio album 'Close to the edge'. Both are a must have for a progressive rock collection. This was a great experience for me and they are some of the mostly played records on my player.
Until today I never have heard such an amazing live record from YES like 'Yessongs' - the essence of the 3 exciting studio albums before. Only the tracks 'Close to the edge' and 'Siberian Khatru' are better in the studio version. Compared to other live track compilations - for example 'The word is live' - the YES-members are at their peak. In the case of Yes though, Fragile and Close to the Edge were still making waves across the heartland, especially with those of us who were too young to have been hippies, but who in many cases had older siblings or friends who were.
In my neighborhood at least, this was definitely considered music for those who walked on the left fringes of society. Anyway, pretty much every progressive music fan knows all about this album and the two hours of stellar performances on it, so most of the songs need no introduction or critique. The rest of the album has no really bad tracks, with some of them actually coming off as more interesting and animated than the original versions.
All told this is a pretty darn good live album for the time in which it was released. But over the years I have grown much more appreciative of live albums, especially those that captured the sound of great band at their peak, and that is certainly the case here. Of the many live albums yes has released over the years, this one has the best track selection and best reflects the sound of the band in its classic lineup.
For those reasons in addition to the great music, of course , four stars seems appropriate. A week before my purchase "Yessongs" was the album of the week on a radio programme I was listening to every night.
They used to play one song of it every night and this is how I discovered YesSongs. It was so gorgeous that I decided to buy it almost immediately this was quite an investment for a fourteen years old kid : a triple album - I remember having paid almost BEF which is now the equivalent of 20?
As a feedback to "Easy Livin" review, about the price, I can tell you that Yessongs was quite expensive in comparison to a standard album at the time this ranged between or BEF which is 7,5 to 8,4?
This comment is valid for Belgium. But for this price, I got over two hours of the best prog I could have dreamed of! It was quite difficult to choose where to start with that day : Genesis or Yes? Yes or Genesis? Fantastic to get this choice, no? The classic opener for about 30 years, almost uninterrupetedly from Stravinski's work "Firebird" will, for generations, tell the audience that the band was arriving on stage.
All the YesClassics of the era are there. Most of the songs will be taken from their supporting tour for "Close" : so, obviously the whole of this album is recorded here.
One of the first collapse in the line-up will take place before the tour : Bill will leave the band and Alan will replace him on the drums.
In , Alan was still the drummer of Yes and this without break since Their other two previous fantastic studio albums "Fragile "and "The Yes Album" are providing almost the rest of this triple LP. Most of the tracks are rockier than the originals, specially "Siberian", "Heart", Roundabout" and "Perpetual Change" Since I discovered the live versions before the studio tracks, it took me quite a while to appreciate the studio ones more than the live ones.
I must also admit that the sound of the album is not great to say the least. Almost on par with boot quality. I do not own the CD remastered version but I have read that is is not very superior to my vinyl original.
My highlights of this triple set. If you revert to the original vinyl version of YesSongs, I would say that disc II is, by far, the weakest. But weak compared to one of the most glorious prog moments ever, is it really weak?Yessongs is the first live album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released as a triple album in May on Atlantic napotpickratmures.alsupvestraclimodukbestlicenttacta.co completing their Close to the Edge Tour in April , the band selected live recordings between February and December on their tours supporting Fragile () and Close to the Edge () for a live album release.