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Yes: Live in Amsterdam

Yes: Live in Amsterdam

4.2 5
Director: Aubrey Powell

Cast: Jon Anderson, Tom Brislin, Steve Howe


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From the opening two minutes of this concert video, presenting Yes in performance with the European Festival Orchestra, this is one of the finest concert videos in this reviewer's experience -- and that comes from someone who never felt that Yes needed (or would benefit from) the presence of an orchestra anywhere in their music. Videotaped in Amsterdam, in what


From the opening two minutes of this concert video, presenting Yes in performance with the European Festival Orchestra, this is one of the finest concert videos in this reviewer's experience -- and that comes from someone who never felt that Yes needed (or would benefit from) the presence of an orchestra anywhere in their music. Videotaped in Amsterdam, in what appears to be a high-definition format on the group's 2001 tour, this is a beautifully directed concert, captured from a dozen or more angles, every one of them (and their attendant close-ups) well chosen and integrated with the surrounding shots, for a visual content that is every bit as graceful and seductive as the music. As to the music, it's reassuring to know that Yes can still bring off performances like this, some 28 years after their first classic live album; the problem with a group of their longevity is usually that, as the technology advances, the members' musicality declines, but that hasn't happened here. They still play as tightly together as ever, with perhaps a greater emphasis on lyricism -- which, given the nature and content of their music, is no drawback -- and the orchestra does add some interesting edges to the material. The horn-laden introduction to "Long Distance Runaround" suddenly makes the listener feel for an instant like they've stepped into a movie scene scored by John Barry, but then the band establishes the core of the sound and from there on it soars, with the strings, harp etc. merely adding some gorgeous flourishes and grace notes. Jon Anderson is never far from center stage, and Steve Howe's guitars, electric and acoustic alike, have no real competition among the 45 or so orchestral players accompanying the band; Alan White's drumming is as powerful as ever, and he also steps over to the keyboards for "In The Presence Of," a gently lyrical number that is the best sung part of the concert; and Chris Squire's electric bass is still a wonder to hear, more than three decades after it came to notice. The keyboard spot is filled by non-member Tom Brislin, and conductor Wilhelm Keitel does a spirited job of leading the orchestra, which seems to be made up entirely of players young enough to have grown up listening to (or at least familiar with) Yes. Their presence on "Gates Of Delirium" does, indeed, impart to the piece the grandeur that was indicated in the writing but only hinted at in the official recording. Serious fans will also be heartened by the presence of "Ritual" from Tales From Topographic Oceans, which is also brought into its own by way of the orchestral accompaniment. The 190 minute performance offers a wealth of varying sounds and images, so compelling that this reviewer had to resist the temptation to watch most of it twice. In one fell swoop it makes up for such horrors of yesteryear as the Yessongs movie. The producers have also furnished a second disc, containing the "Don't Go" video and, much more importantly, a 30-minute documentary about the circumstances surrounding the orchestral tour and the recording of the Magnification album. The reminsicences by the members, supporting players, and longtime fans. The DVD opens on the menu automatically, which offers a selection of options involving animated sequences for some of the performances, and each song gets a chapter marker. The sound is rich, loud, and clean, and included a Dolby digital 5.1 surround option.

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One of the pioneering progressive bands during the ‘70s, Yes achieved rock-legend status thanks to its cosmic sound, ambitious orchestration, and occasional knack for the sublime pop hook. With the soaring voice of Jon Anderson as the centerpiece, Yes masterfully incorporated the electrifying guitar sounds of Steve Howe, the driving bass of Chris Squire, and the innovative synthesizer work of Rick Wakeman to create such critically acclaimed and popular albums as "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge." This live, two-disc set, filmed during Yes's Symphonic Live Tour in November, 2001, features Anderson, Howe, Squire, and the band's longtime drummer Alan White, all jamming on over two and half hours of concert footage. Highlights include such Yes classics as "Long Distance Runaround" and "Roundabout," along with the never-before-seen documentary "Dreamtime" and the music video "Don’t Go." Tracks are as follows:
  • Overture
  • Close to the Edge
  • Long Distance Runaround
  • Don't Go
  • In the Presence of
  • Gates of Delirium
  • Steve Howe Guitar Solo
  • Starship Trooper
  • Magnification
  • And You and I
  • Ritual
  • I've Seen All Good People
  • Owner of a Lonely Heart
  • Roundabout
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    Eagle Rock Ent
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    [Wide Screen]
    [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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    Special Features

    "Dreamtime" documentary; Bonus video of "Don't Go"

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    Scene Index

    Disc #1 -- Yes: Symphonic Live
    1. Overture [2:52]
    2. Close to the Edge [8:51]
    3. Long Distance Runaround [:57]
    4. Don't Go [:57]
    5. In the Presence Of [:21]
    6. Gates of Delirium [:45]
    7. Steve Howe Guitar Solo: Lute Concerto in D Major, 2nd Movement - Mood For a Day [:45]
    8. Starship Trooper [9:36]
    9. Magnification [5:46]
    10. And You and I [2:33]
    11. Ritual [:17]
    12. I've Seen All Good People [:17]
    13. Owner of a Lonely Heart [:10]
    14. Roundabout [:09]

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    Yes: Live in Amsterdam 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    The musical performance from Yes is very impressive, specially '' Gates of Delirium ''. I'm always amazed to listen to the voice of J.Anderson, his voice is still so authentic and vivid even after 30 years... Technically, both camera angle and video editing are far of being optimal. Some of the special effects and animation are really cheesy and don't bring anything to the performance. The Stereo mix is quite disturbing sometimes since YES and the Symphonic Orchestra does not always blend very well togheter. I couldn't comment the Surround Mix since I don't have the proper set-up for it. But overall the musical performance goes over the technique and if you' re a Yes fan, this DVD is highly recommended.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    And to see it again is outstanding.The first time I saw the DVD I was at a friends house and he has a kickin' surround sound system.I was floored.It was like being in the 12th row all over again.Going to see Jon tomorrow night.Can't wait.Buy this DVD if you want Great Yes music!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This is a frustrating video to watch for a dedicated Yes fan. Whereas the music is top notch as usual, the video is beyond poor. The camera angles are less then optimum, and the editing is remarkably bad. Oh, it's fun to watch, but thats just because it is Yes, and its always a treat to watch them perform. But this video is frustrating. You'll see. What Yes needs is some maniac/fan to do the editing. Someone with a note for note love affair with the music who can show other fans exactly what is being emphasized at any given moment. This video only gets it once in a while by accident.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Please ignore any review critising the way this DVD has been shot or put together. As someone who works in TV I've seen a lot of music videos. This is ONE of THE best!!! Unlike other Yes videos this one uses numerous camera angles. The editing and shot changes are fantastic. The band really pushed the boat out of this one. Then there's the Music. Well I wasn't sure if I'd like YES with an orchestera but they sound superb. The whole band is on top form. The orchestra actually makes some of the songs sound even better! (partic. Close to the Edge) A fantastic DVD. A must have for music lovers as well as YES fans.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I was amazed by the quality of the House of Blues. This one is even better. I just purchased more copies as gifts. I also recently got Peter Gabriel - Secret World. That one is great too.