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Beyond & Before: The BBC Recordings 1969-1970 Live


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  • Audio CD (April 28, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: April 28, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Purple Pyramid
  • ASIN: B0000061AP
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Something's Coming
2. Everydays
3. Sweetness
4. Dear Father
5. Every Little Thing
6. Looking Around
7. Sweet Dreams
8. Then
9. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Required
Disc: 2
1. Astral Traveller
2. Then
3. Every Little Thing
4. Everydays
5. For Everyone
6. (Intro) Sweetness
7. Something's Coming
8. Sweet Dreams
9. Beyond & Before

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tom Test on December 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I was surprised to see no reviews yet of this CD, so I guess I'll be the first. This is really strong stuff, the band sounds really tight. The sound quality is variable, but their are some hidden gems here that you've never heard before. Remember that the YES of their first two albums was very different than the mid-70's classic stuff--more "pop" or even "folk" at times. "Something's Happening" (from West Side Story) is an example--and it's great. If you like very early YES, if you have the YesYears box set and liked disc one, by all means you should buy this!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Johann Cat on May 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a darned interesting record, not just for fans of traditional YES wanting to hear the band's sonic roots, but for folks like me who come at this set as a fan of the Beatles and the Nice etc. On these BBC recordings, YES is energetic and propulsive in their performances; several songs, especially "Beyond and Before," give me the feeling of being yanked about on a short hang-glider ride--later YES is less likely to be as concise, fast, and skittish. The longest song here is
about seven minutes. It is exceptionally neat to hear YES take an early Buffalo Springfield song ("Everyday"), put a rocket under it, and take it through smart, well-defined breaks (including some killer unison accent bits) all in less than five minutes, ending in a ferocious Squire/Bruford "buh-blam"! That track is what this record is about: YES reworking 60's pop-psychedelia and figuring out what they can do with it. Elsewhere on the web someone says of these YES BBC performances, "they play their asses off"--I agree. The rhythm section, especially Bruford at the drums, is superb. The vocals are rough on a few tracks, but fine on others. This band features Tony Kaye on a Hammond organ and the band's original guitarist, Peter Banks. No, he's not Steve Howe, but he's quite fine being who he is. His style is often angular and aggressive; he's not as interested in sounding lyrical or pretty as Howe is, but Banks also does some neat volume pedal work and some lacy effects influenced by jazz guitarists. But the bottom line: Banks is a fine, loud rock'n'roll guitar player, and he's key in giving the early version of YES a raunchier sound than fans of AOR radio might associate with this group. The playing on this record is frankly more in a 60's idiom than the 70's idiom the later band helped define.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Thank Goodness (or Thank "Sweetness") there are two CDs. The first one has some good songs but for me, it seemed lacking. Yeah "Every Little Thing" is interesting and "Looking Around," "Sweetness," etc. are good songs. Still, there seemed to be something missing. On CD2, I knew why I felt unsatisfied!
The version of "Everydays" on CD2 is longer and more of a rocking tune. Speaking of better versions, the version of "Sweetness" is far superior to the previous version discussed. Listen to the different ending on this one! If there was any doubt over which CD is the better, listen to "Beyond & Before"- that is one of the group's best tunes! Wonderful!
(*note -I rated this 4 Stars instead of 5 because about half of the songs throughout are listenable but not very exciting, compared to the better moments that are primarily on CD2)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rushead 2112-Hemispheres on January 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This two disc set gives us a great snapshot of the early FM radio era of Yes. The audio quality is not so great at times, but it sounds authentic. Did someone say this sounds like early Pink Floyd? What are you smoking? This is great early prog rock. Gotta love it. I would only recommend this to the hardcore Yes fan - like myself.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J. Waldman on July 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a really cool double disc, although it probably should have been pared down to one, with the best versions of the respective tracks on one disc, instead of alternate takes. There is no question after listening to this CD that Steve Howe was and is the virtuoso as between the two guitarists. It's also clear that Steve got quite a bit of his raw material from Banks, especially the prominent use of the volume pedal/control to produce the signature Yes violin-like guitar sound.
What makes this especially interesting is that the tunes are often loose, rambling and improvised, a quality that Yes lost in its lineup after Banks. It's a pleasure to hear, even in this "primitive" incarnation(which was head and shoulders above the rest in terms of complexity at the time), the beautiful counterpoint harmonies of Anderson and Squire melding together the often noisy background. Bruford, as always, is right on the money, in his typical polyrhythmic way. Another joy is Tony Kaye, who weaves more traditional rock organ and keys into the mix.
Yeah, the sound isnt terriffic, but it isnt bad either. I'm on my second listen, all the way through, and the sound quality hasnt sent me running for the hills.
I have to admit a perverse fascination for Peter Banks' bitter liner notes (he wouldn't shake Steve Howe's hand, yadda yadda). This alone was worth the price of admission. Peter, Yes evolved into something different that you weren't a part of, get over it. This period of Yes music was good, but Yes, like other bands, change with the times. Nobody would doubt that the King Crimson of old is drastically different than the King Crimson of new, and both have their merits. Similarly, this CD is a beatiful time capsule, which should be treasured and appreciated, along with the other Yes incarnations. Love it! Now where did I put Relayer?
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