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Region free DVD
on September 30, 2011
Let me start out by saying the the DVD that comes with this is region free (it can be played on any DVD player) despite what Amazon says in the product information. In fact, the DVD that comes with the set is made by Image Entertainment and features the EXACT SAME CONTENTS as their 2009 version (including the bonus '79 concert) except that this version is region free. This fold out box contains both Keys 1 & 2 as well as the DVD. As others have pointed out, the live songs here were recorded at The Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, California over three nights in March of 1996. The line up for the shows is: Chris Squire, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Alan White. The studio cuts on the releases were begun in November 1995 with studio overdubs and recording running into 1996. There was originally only going to be one 2 cd Keys live album. The studio cuts on Keys were originally going to be used for an album to be called "Know" with a couple of extra live tracks used as bonus songs to fill out the studio album. The studio stuff would be later rereleased together on a disc called Keystudio. These were the first studio cuts that this line up had recorded since Tormato back in '78.
The live recordings are out of this world with this being one of Yes' best live releases EVER! There are also a couple of rarities in the set lists such as The Revealing Science of God and their version of Simon & Garfunkel's America. The DVD features all the live songs and, while some don't like some of the special effects that were added in here and there, I really like them. They don't detract from the concert at all, in my opinion and for me enhance the viewing experience. Some people also seem split on the quality of the new studio songs but, once again, I like them.
The only drawback here is that this new box that they come in isn't very strong on the sides that connects the discs. The discs way heavy when you open the box to remove a disc making it easy to rip the box. They also could have used more of Roger Dean's artwork inside the box. If you have the other editions of Keys, then you really don't need this one. However, if you don't have Keys already then by all means, BUY IT!