Keys to Ascension 2
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Keys to Ascension 2

November 17, 2009

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  Song Title
I've Seen All Good People
Going For the One
Time and a Word
Close to the Edge
Turn of the Century
And You And I
Disc 2
Mind Drive
Foot Prints
Bring Me to the Power
Children of Light
Sign Language

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Image Entertainment
  • Copyright: Image Entertainment
  • Total Length: 1:41:47
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  • ASIN: B0030YHX4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,811 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mislead To Ascension, Too. September 14, 2004
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I am writing this review to let others know of my shopping experience of this particular item. It advertises (extra tracks) which is why I bought it, being a long time and devoted fan. The track list has the opener listed as "Lightning"--which is a title I had never heard before. It also lists the songs "Lifeline" and "Children Of Light" seperate which leads you to believe they are seperate songs or perhaps alternate versions from the original 1997 release, not so!! Since I already own Keys To Ascension 2 , I know the song title "Lightning" does not appear on the original 1997 release--and having been a HUGE fan of the studio tracks from these sessions--I was counting on discovering another gem. I received my order by mail only to find the exact same tracklist on this 2002 release as my previous 1997 release. Please listen to the song samples here as proof, if hoping to find some thing new here. On the other hand, if you are a YES fan who has not heard the studio tracks from Keys 2 yet, I DO DEFINELY recommend buying it--however search for the 1997 US version to save some money.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but the best material went onto Volume 1 January 14, 2003
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In late 1995-early 1996, the classic lineup of Yes -- Anderson, Howe, Squire, Wakeman, White -- recorded an album's worth of material at the Yesworld Studio in San Luis Obispo, California. In March 1996, they recorded three straight nights of concerts played in that city. Each of the two 2-CD volumes of "Keys of Ascension" has included some of the live performances of Yes classics and some of the new studio tracks.
I suspect that a Volume 2 wasn't originally planned, because all the best live material went onto Volume 1. The tracks here have some clunker notes, and the performances aren't the sheer revelations that Volume 1 was. "Close to the Edge" and "And You and I" are two of Yes' best songs ever, and if you don't have a recording of them yet your life is sadly incomplete, but the versions here sound a little sluggish compared to those on "Yessongs". On the other hand, "Going for the One" and "Time and a Word" sound better here than on "Yesshows". I'm not a "Time and a Word" fan, but if I was, this version, with a nice Wakeman piano intro, is the one I'd want to listen to. The high point of Volume 2 is "Turn of the Century", a ballad from the "Going for the One" album that tells a "Pygmalion" tale, with fine acoustic work by Howe. The recording quality is much better than was possible on Yes' earlier live albums.
The studio tracks aren't of the same high standard. They're pleasant, but none will ever appear on any Yes best-of collection. "Mind Games" is not as good as some of the reviews here would lead you to believe. It might be great at half its 18-minute length, but is too padded to maintain interest for that long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding studio tracks worth price of CD September 6, 2012
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If you take Keys to Ascension 1 and 2, and you combine the studio tracks into Keystudio (a 2001 release that is no longer available), you have what in my opinion is one of Yes's finest albums. According to Wikipedia, here is the order of the songs on Keystudio:

1) Foot Prints
2) Be The One (Be The One/Humankind/Skate)
3) Mind Drive
4) Bring Me To The Power
5) Sign Language
6) That, That Is (Togetherness/Crossfire/The Giving Things/That Is/All In All/How Did Heaven Begin?/Agree To Agree)
7) Children Of The Light (Lightning/Children of Light/Lifeline)

As a proper Yes album, this is simply stunning. "Foot Prints" starts off kind of slow, but it soon rocks. And what you'll find throughout all of the songs is impeccable playing, with loud, clear drums, gorgeous bass, sizzling guitar, and outstanding keyboards.

This is the original lineup, and they sound fantastic. And the songs are excellent throughout.

I'm a huge Yes fan, although I definitely feel like the 1990's is their weakest period. But these two albums, especially when combined into Keystudio, are the highlight of that decade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ascension, part 2 March 18, 2008
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I have yet to listen to KTA, volume 1, so I can't comment there. The track listing does look good on that one. However, I have KTA volume 2. The first cd is a live show from San Luis Obispo. The live performance is very well done, very polished. The song choice is also excellent, in fact, I bought KTA2 first because of the live version of "Close to The Edge", which they nail. My only complaint on this cd is on "And You And I", the Eclipse part, instead of Wakeman doing the solo, they had Steve Howe do it. This diminished the power of that particular piece of music in my mind.

The second cd is studio recordings, the best by far which is "Mind Drive". This song pretty much has to carry the rest of the tracks though, as while they are good, they aren't nearly what we'd like to hear from a band like Yes, and they pale in comparison to their best works.

So, that said, I have to give this double cd 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent studio tracks August 15, 2006
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the studio tracks are very good, specially mind drive, are 5 stars

The live ones are 3 stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars State of the Art Sound February 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
What could be said about Keys to Ascension One could also be said about the second edition-state-of-the-art sound and excellent performances. I have to laugh at people who compare this performance with one which took place several years ago and with different technology. Why not go back and listen to Yessongs
on an 8-track car tape deck? Yes are masters of their trades and this is a masterpiece! I love the studio tracks and whatever politics went into making it I really do not care- I am happy to just have the music. Buy this today!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !!
I really like Yes from "The Yes Album" up through "Relayer."
I find that "Keys To Ascension" Volumes 1 & 2 are worthwhile additions to a collection.
Published 16 months ago by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem
It has an excellent collection of songs and they sound great, fresher than the original versions. This is a must for your collection.
Published on August 14, 2011 by Steve in Memphis
5.0 out of 5 stars YES-KEYS TO ASCENSION 2
Here i am again to review Keys 2 by YES.

All i can say is please read my review of KEYS 1 and this just follows on from there also by the line up of Anderson, Squire,... Read more
Published on August 10, 2009 by Mr. S. Cavalli
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I got my copy!
Except for the new recordings that Yes produced in 1995-96, the "keys" material's been out of print for a few years now. Read more
Published on June 2, 2009 by L. Alzamora II
4.0 out of 5 stars Another angry Wakeman!
With all honesty, the album is wonderful, and looks wonderful as it's predecessor from 1996. The live tracks here are beautifully performed, in fact the best version of "Time and a... Read more
Published on April 1, 2005 by James M. Gifford
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys are the best -Still
This is the companion to "Keys" number 1 and you gotta have 'em both! If you plan on seeing YES during the upcoming 2004 spring tour, you better get this CD 'cause they... Read more
Published on March 22, 2004 by Robert J. Salo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but the best material went onto Volume 1
In late 1995-early 1996, the classic lineup of Yes -- Anderson, Howe, Squire, Wakeman, White -- recorded an album's worth of material at the Yesworld Studio in San Luis Obispo,... Read more
Published on January 14, 2003 by woburnmusicfan
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