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Word Is Live

The Word Is Live

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by Yes
     
 
Throughout their 35-plus-year career, Yes have always treated the concert stage as both a playground and a laboratory, reshaping and revivifying their music just about every night. This three-disc box, which showcases the differing personalities of the group's multiple lineups over the years, brings together nearly four hours of live performances, capturing the

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Throughout their 35-plus-year career, Yes have always treated the concert stage as both a playground and a laboratory, reshaping and revivifying their music just about every night. This three-disc box, which showcases the differing personalities of the group's multiple lineups over the years, brings together nearly four hours of live performances, capturing the earliest flowerings of their classical-rock hybrid as well as the sharpened pop-rock hooks of their late-'80s period. In addition to soaring versions of favorites like "Yours Is No Disgrace" and "I've Seen All Good People," the collection's first disc spotlights the developing band's uncanny knack for putting their imprint on a wide array of cover tunes. The intricate interplay of their take on Paul Simon's "America" is well known, but just as impressive is their languid, loving rendition of "It's Love" (culled, rather surprisingly, from the catalog of blue-eyed soul pioneers the Rascals). Disc 2 finds the band at the summit of their improvisational skills, particularly on pieces like "Siberian Khatru," on which guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Rick Wakeman trade off solos with abandon, and "Sound Chaser," transformed into a wild ride by vocalist Jon Anderson. Diehards will no doubt be particularly hypnotized by a 25-minute, six-part segment dubbed "The Big Medley," which clearly wowed the Los Angeles crowd, judging by the cheers greeting every turn in these grooves. The Word Is Live's final disc is a bit more schizophrenic, as it covers a full decade (and a number of internal changes). At the onset -- as borne out by the epic "Awaken," led by Wakeman's medieval organ -- Yes were still in full-on prog mode, but as the disc develops, a more song-oriented focus emerges, via tunes like "Shoot High Aim Low" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart." For fans of Yes -- or anyone with a more cerebral take on rock -- Live is a four-letter word well worth uttering.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
A new Yes box is like a new Star Trek film. The same core group will buy it/see it whether it's crap or not, resulting in an endless cycle of repackaging that exploits the fans who made the franchises so popular in the first place. Yes have always seemed more of an industry than a band, so it comes as no surprise that their deeply rooted PR machine has dug up another collection of "previously unreleased gems," wrapped it in one of Roger Dean's hippie/sci-fi landscapes, and slapped on an exhaustive booklet of play-by-play anecdotes from fans and fellow musicians. Anyone who has followed the group's prolific history knows that its members have splintered and regrouped so many times that their side projects alone demand the box treatment. The Word Is Live collects performances caught between 1970-1988 -- the years 1972-1975, despite boasting the group's most lauded roster, seem to have never existed here. The band's 2003 reunion tour is also skipped over, focusing instead on the fragmented Big Generator lineup of the late '80s. Rabid fans will no doubt empty their wallets for this admittedly attractive box, but the jury's out on whether or not they'll play it more than once.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0081227823429
catalogNumber:
78234

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Then
  2. For Everyone
  3. Astral Traveller
  4. Everydays
  5. Yours Is No Disgrace
  6. I've Seen All Good People: Your Move/All Good People
  7. America
  8. It's Love

Disc 2

  1. Apocalypse
  2. Siberian Khatru
  3. Sound Chaser
  4. Sweet Dreams
  5. Future Times/Rejoice
  6. Circus of Heaven
  7. The Big Medley: Time and a Word/Long Distance Runaround/Survival/The ...
  8. Hello Chicago
  9. Roundabout

Disc 3

  1. Heart of the Sunrise
  2. Awaken
  3. Go Through This
  4. We Can Fly from Here
  5. Tempus Fugit
  6. Rhythm of Love
  7. Hold On
  8. Shoot High, Aim Low
  9. Make It Easy/Owner of a Lonely Heart

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yes   Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman   Keyboards
Jon Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Peter Banks   Guitar
Bill Bruford   Drums
Steve Howe   Guitar,Vocals
Trevor Rabin   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Squire   Bass,Vocals
Patrick Moraz   Keyboards
Alan White   Drums
Geoffrey Downes   Keyboards
Trevor Horn   Vocals
Tony Kaye   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Bill Martin   Liner Notes
Rick Wakeman   Composer
Bill Bruford   Composer
Steve Howe   Composer
Trevor Rabin   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Chris Squire   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Patrick Moraz   Composer
Roger Dean   Cover Painting,Logo Design
Greg Lake   Liner Notes
Greg Allen   Booklet Design
Eddie Brigati   Composer
Felix Cavaliere   Composer
Geoffrey Downes   Composer
John Frusciante   Liner Notes
Jeff Griffin   Producer
Trevor Horn   Composer
Tim Jones   Liner Notes
Tony Kaye   Composer
Geddy Lee   Liner Notes
Duncan Sheik   Liner Notes
David Landry   Liner Notes
Martyn Dean   Cover Design
Brian Ives   Liner Notes
Doug Gottlieb   Liner Notes
Mike Tiano   Liner Notes
Ted Canty   Liner Notes
David Couch   Liner Notes
Bob Hagger   Liner Notes
Dovovan Louis Mayne Nicholls   Liner Notes
Doctor Mark Puskar   Liner Notes
Michele Wechsler   Liner Notes

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