13 Songs, 2 Hours 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

1972 was a banner year for Yes. The band embarked on two separate tours: one for 1971's Fragile and one for the follow-up album, Close to the Edge. Those records happen to be two of the most iconic prog rock releases ever, and Yes's 1972 shows were appropriately momentous. Fortunately, the period's performances are chronicled on what's become an equally classic live album. The more uptempo tunes ("Siberian Khatru," "Roundabout") are delivered with even greater intensity than the studio recordings, and shape-shifting art-rock epics like "Close to the Edge" and "Heart of the Sunrise" are extended even further for maximum atmospheric impact. We also hear the Yes men strut their stuff on solo turns, including Steve Howe's pastoral acoustic guitar piece "Mood for a Day" and Rick Wakeman's dizzying, multi-keyboard extravaganza featuring excerpts from his own Six Wives of Henry VIII album. And you'll hear the band evolve before your ears with the significant shift from original drummer Bill Bruford on the first tour to his successor, Alan White, on the second.

EDITORS’ NOTES

1972 was a banner year for Yes. The band embarked on two separate tours: one for 1971's Fragile and one for the follow-up album, Close to the Edge. Those records happen to be two of the most iconic prog rock releases ever, and Yes's 1972 shows were appropriately momentous. Fortunately, the period's performances are chronicled on what's become an equally classic live album. The more uptempo tunes ("Siberian Khatru," "Roundabout") are delivered with even greater intensity than the studio recordings, and shape-shifting art-rock epics like "Close to the Edge" and "Heart of the Sunrise" are extended even further for maximum atmospheric impact. We also hear the Yes men strut their stuff on solo turns, including Steve Howe's pastoral acoustic guitar piece "Mood for a Day" and Rick Wakeman's dizzying, multi-keyboard extravaganza featuring excerpts from his own Six Wives of Henry VIII album. And you'll hear the band evolve before your ears with the significant shift from original drummer Bill Bruford on the first tour to his successor, Alan White, on the second.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
48 Ratings
48 Ratings
pennies334 ,

Yes at the very top of their game

This album captures Yes at their peak in the early 1970s, featuring songs from their three best studio releases: The Yes Album, Fragile, and Close to the Edge. The tracklist includes nearly every highlight from each record, with only "South Side of the Sky" from Fragile missing. Unfortunately, the sound of the live recordings does put a slight strain on the listening experience, but the music, lyrics, energy, and harmony within the band definitely make up for any lacking in audio quality. This is simply one of the greatest collections of concert performances ever released and an essential listen for anyone interested in Yes or progressive rock in general. A masterpiece

larry toothbrush ,

Not to be topped...ever

The playing and joy on this set is really indescribeable.

As the iTunes reviews says, YES were at the top of their game, as writers and performers, when they embarked on these American tours. I saw this show in February of 72 and if there was one concert I saw that I could see again, it would be this one.

The song selection here is also perfect as there is not one skippable track.

Yes, the audio is lacking. I've used the eq. settings on iTunes to improve the lack od depth as best as I could with some good results.

You will never hear such joyful music played with such passion as right here

Gregorflea ,

Album for a lifetime

Many albums come and many albums go. Many are great but this is epic! First heard this album when I was 15 years old. I'm now 53 and its still epic.. I can't say the say for so much of what I've heard over the years. If your a Yes fan this is required listening. This is long form classic rock at its finest!

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