In The Present - Live From Lyon
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In The Present - Live From Lyon

November 29, 2011

  Song Title
Siberian Khatru
I've Seen All Good People
Tempus Fugit
Astral Traveller
Yours Is No Disgrace
And You And I
Corkscrew (Acoustic Solo)
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
South Side Of The Sky
Machine Messiah
Heart Of The Sunrise
Starship Trooper

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  • Original Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • Label: Frontiers Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 Frontiers Records
  • Total Length: 2:09:03
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  • ASIN: B0067JMJ8E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,306 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black or white December 2, 2011
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Either you like the post Anderson Yes or not. Oliver finally shines on the last track, Starship Trooper, and there were times I was listening that I forgot it wasn't Jon. Yes, I counted two vocal flubs. Chris doesn't seem to be as snappy on Tempus Fugit than the original. But we have it live, right?

Nice to have a well recorded version of the tour, but at one of the shows I was at Howe did some very creative things with the acoustic intro to Roundabout that I wish he had played this night.

The umpteenth live versions of standards we could do without, but we do get four new tracks live, and a presentation of this lineup which toured for several years. I do like it, and like Fly from Here more and more as I hear new little parts.

New Yes. It is the new reality. Everyone else has changed, even Jon once before, and Chris too if you count ABWH.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars About what I expected... December 2, 2011
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This show is a good representation of my experience with Yes in 2009 (on tour with Asia in the US). Some truly cringe-worthy moments, some passages that compete with classic Yes concert recordings from days gone by, and a slower pace throughout (which occasionally becomes plodding, like during "Tempus Fugit"). Steve Howe is in top form here as usual, but the rest of the band is hit or miss throughout. Benoit is not Jon Anderson... which is both bad and good (he's inferior to the Jon of 1973, or even 2003, but much better than the weakened Jon of today would be in the band).

Completists will want this, but more casual fans would do well to wait for a recording from the 2011 band -- which would feature a much tighter band and include some of the excellent material from "Fly From Here."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good souvenir from the Benoit era February 20, 2012
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Most of the other reviews are pretty accurate; it's up to you whether you can enjoy the slowed down tempo of modern Yes. While I ultimately prefer '70's versions of these songs, Benoit did a great job as frontman and deserves much credit for filling those shoes. He is truly a classy guy (and Oliver, too) and his exit from the band is to be much lamented. To stray a little bit from the subject at hand, I must say I enjoyed the last few years of Yes. Lots of chances to see the band, a stellar studio album, and a happy Yes in general. As for this disc, yes, some of the performances here are a bit tepid, but I can never get enough of Starship Trooper or Machine Messiah, and the sound is great!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 1/2 -- Latter day Yes December 28, 2011
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I remember back in late 2007 or early 2008 when I figured out Yes was reuniting for their 40th anniversary. I was stunned and probably more excited for a tour than I had ever been. Yes was (and still is) my favorite group, so immediately bought tickets to the show scheduled to be played at the Pier 6 Pavilion in Baltimore (the nearest place to my location where they were playing). I was so pumped and ready to go.

But then, Jon Anderson got sick and nearly died. Doctors advised him to stay on bed rest for 6-12 months, thus sidelining the summer 2008 40th anniversary tour. Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, and Oliver Wakeman, the remaining band members, were unwilling to wait and hit the Internet (namely YouTube) and found Canadian singer Benoit David, of the Yes cover band Close to the Edge and of Montreal progressive rock group Mystery. By October 2008, the tour was back on. Yes was carrying on without Jon Anderson. It was hard to believe, and many believed it was temporary, but it was still happening.

Well, here we are in late December 2011, about to enter 2012, and Benoit David is still the frontman of Yes. Oliver Wakeman departed earlier in the year, replaced by former Yes-man Geoff Downes (of the 'Drama' era lineup from 1980-1981). 2011 has been quite a busy year for the reformed Yes, including the release of this live album, 'In the Present: Live from Lyon.' The show was recorded back in 2009, early on in the reunion.

When evaluating this record fairly, one must open their mind completely. I did. This is not the same band that it was with Jon Anderson or any other keyboardist (including Kaye and Moraz) that had participated in prior lineups. This was the new Yes with three familiar faces.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Thank god they are not playing Topographic Oceans! it will take them 3-4 hours to get to the 4th movement!
I loved "Fly from here" is a great album, but this? Nop. I cant' blame the new guy, the full band sounds just tired. A couple of songs sounds great (Tempus fugit, Machine messiah, both from Drama... coincidence?). The rest is awfully boring. And I don't think that Anderson returning will improve the situation, they are just old(no problem with that) and tired(that's the problem).
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars We are gathered here today..... December 16, 2011
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First off, let me point out that I've been a HARDCORE Yes fan for over 40 years (Since Time & A Word) But I can also be UNBIASED with regards to their work, which seemingly, some Yes fans are completely incapable of doing.

I've seen in several other Yes forums some fans backing Squire, Howe, and White's decision to get Jon Anderson out of the band and move on without him. The 2 main things that Jon DIDN'T want to do that got him kicked to the curb? (which these fans seem to think was the RIGHT decision) -

1) Release a new album: Anderson felt there just wasn't enough strong material to justify another studio album. Especially since the previously released Open Your Eyes and The Ladder were not all that well received, and both of which were quite disappointing and sounded totally uninspired (Jon's words, not just mine). IMHO, they really haven't done anything great or inspired since some of the material on Talk.

2) Do yet another tour/live DVD without strong new material to back it up: Jon felt that continually touring and releasing CD/DVDs of basically the same set lists that they've been doing for 40 years was not serving the legacy of the Yes name well.

After hearing this CD, I'd have to say that Jon seems to be the only one using ANY common sense these days. It seems to me that this concert recording, along with the new Fly From Here album represent exactly what Jon had been trying to avoid.

This live CD only seems to justify what Jon was pointing out all along - with the guys all getting older and tired (and boy, do they sound it), maybe it's in their best interest to leave their great legacy intact and perhaps peacefully retire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars latest from YES
always been a YES fan and this one is great! Shows how they evolved over the years!Really like the new lead singer.
Published 1 month ago by CCM
2.0 out of 5 stars Yes in slow motion
Being a long time Yes fan, I have always appreciated the fact that the group sounds youthful, energetic, and timeless, regardless of the incarnation of the band's lineup or the era... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stuart
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn!!!
What a rip! The band was incomplete - Jon Anderson was not present on the tour, due to some vague illness and was not well enough to tour with the band. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David J. Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Present Live from Lyon by Yes
I loved it. The CD explaining the choice of singer was very helpful. I could not have been more satisfied.
Published 8 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Live Album since Yeshows
In The Present Yes's most recent live release in nothin short of a treasure. The performances are brilliant. Read more
Published 16 months ago by hawklord
2.0 out of 5 stars Very old and very tired...
Everything has a life. From flowers to artists to social phenomena. It grows, it flourishes, it ages well, then it fades, and finally dies. Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. Youngblood
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Present rocks
Well, what can I say about a band that has been together, in one form or another, since 1969? At first I was very reluctant to buy this Cd simply because I was not sure of the new... Read more
Published 21 months ago by James E. Allison
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Yes
This recording contains three of the musicians that are responsible for some of the best progressive rock ever recorded. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dave
3.0 out of 5 stars Concert Very Poorly Recorded on the DVD
Love YES. I've loved them for decades. I think David sounds a lot like Jon Anderson, and the songs sound great (if a little slow) on the CD, but the DVD is pathetic--other than... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jerome Bush
4.0 out of 5 stars MACHINE MESSIAH LIVE AT LAST........
in reading the other reviews on this c.d. i cannot believe no-one mentioned that after 30 years we have a LIVE version of machine messiah that is note for note like listening to... Read more
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