Best of Yes - Classic and Contemporary
Abbot Gregory | 01/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of Disc #1 - The cool thing about Yes is that they are all business when playing live. Although these are live recordings, they might as well be studio cuts for their musicianship and precision in the details. The mix captures the punch in Alan White's rock drumming and showcases the elegance of Jon Anderson's still-strong voice. Classic Yes fans will appreciate these new recordings of the better songs from their 1970's period. The bridge between "Your Move" and "All Good People" just roars. "Close to the Edge" is just amazing and the recording admirably captures the power of its live performance. "Going for the One" can be a bit twangy on the original recording, but this performance fattens the rock edge. "Time and a Word," "Turn of the Century," & "And You and I" shine for all their beauty. I liked "Yessongs" as well as the previous reviewer, but the recording technology is so much better here that "Keys" eclipses that classic effort.
Of Disc #2 - Anything that Yes has put out since 90125 has always been a bit controversial for fans of the older stuff. Personally, I love the "West Coast" incarnation with Trevor Rabin as well as the ABWH et.al. crew. That said, however, even I will admit to the glaring inconsistencies when they have tried to duplicate their epics (15+ minute songs). Not so here. The "Mind Drive-Footprints-Bring Me the Power" epic falls slightly short of "Close to the Edge," "Starship Trooper," and the marathon "Tales from Topographic Oceans," but it still is worth the price of the recording all by itself. The rest is very good as well.
Highly Recommended for Fans and Neophytes Alike!"