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Live at Montreux 2003 [Blu-ray]

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Yes is one of the most innovative and successful rock bands of all time, with a career that now spans five decades. In 2003 the band made their first appearance at the Montreux Festival, despite having a long association with the town itself (they recorded there frequently in the seventies). It was a triumphant night and is regarded by both the band members and fans as probably the finest Yes gig ever to be filmed. It has been much in demand and is now finally cleared for release.

TRACK LISTING
1) Siberian Khatru
2) Magnification
3) Don't Kill The Whale
4) In The Presence Of
5) We Have Heaven
6) South Side Of The Sky
7) And You And I
8) To Be Over
9) Clap
10) Show Me
11) Rick Wakeman Solo Medley
12) Heart Of The Sunrise
13) Long Distance Runaround
14) The Fish
15) Awaken
16) I've Seen All Good People
17) Roundabout


Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Alan White
  • Directors: Julian Nicole-Kay
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012EI8FW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,592 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Live at Montreux 2003 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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There are very few DVD/Blu-ray concert films that stay in the rotation at my home. My Morning Jacket's "Okonokos", George Harrison's tribute concert, "A Concert for George", and Michael Tilson Thomas' Copland concert. I feel fortunate that this concert was captured at this late stage in the band's career.

Perhaps some arrangements and time signature have been modestly modified to account for the affects of age. Perhaps Jon Anderson can't hit every high note with the extreme volume he could in the 70's. Beyond any sentimental remembrances of seeing the band live back then, I am absolutely not disappointed in the experiential value of this DVD. I've listed to "Awaken" many times over, and it still gives me the same thrill that playing it in the 70's for the first time. They are musically just a great band.

My only negative comments go out to the Director of the video. It starts out with way too many fast cuts endemic to a younger generation of music film makers. Fortunately, this starts to fade as the show goes on. It was as if the camera men and the producer had never heard Yes before, but finally began to understand the band as time passed. A little microphone glitch during "And You and I", but otherwise the sonics were superb. I won't bore you with the makeup of my system, but let's just say it's very good by anyone's standards.

I could take the poor video edits, but I had to drop it down one star due to the almost total absence of Chris Squire during most of the show. As noted in my above comments, I don't think it was until his bass solo that someone woke up at the editing console and said, "Wow, this guy is good. We should edit him into the film more!". Considering his animated style, wonderful bass skills, and vocal backup, it is just bewildering my he's barely show in this film.

I'd look forward to a re-edited version, but don't let that stop you from finding much to enjoy about this video.
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Equipment. Samsung 1080P 3D 58", Denon AVR-5803, Klipsch KSP-300, C6, S6 surrounds, KSW-300 sub, running 3 subwoofers all Klipsch speakers.. It's loud. This DVD Blu-ray picture is stunning. Sound is perfect. Guitars, vocals and drums tight, loud and perfectly balanced. You will not have to play with it. When cranked the vocals are outstanding. They don't get lost. It is as if you are in the front row. Heart of the sunrise is amazing! If you have a monster theater system you are going to play this for your friends, a lot.. The sound is amazing. I mean it is perfectly clear, crystal. The versions of the songs we grew up with are so good. I have to say better than the album versions to some degree.

The set list is as follows:

1-Siberian Khatru 2-Magnification 3-don't kill the whale 4-In the presence of 5-We have heaven 6-South side of the sky 7- And you and I 8-To be over 9-Clap 10-Show Me 11-Rick Wakeman solo medley 12-HEART OF THE SUNRISE (amazing version) 13-Long distance runaround 14-The Fish 15-Awaken 16-I've seen all good people 17-Roundabout

This is a work art!
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I purchased the Yes Live at Montreux DVD and was impressed. The 5.1 mix was OK, but the 2.0 Stereo mix had better bass response on my audio system. I later got a Play Station 3 and finally got it configured. I acquired a Yes Live at Montreux Blu-ray DVD of this concert. Whoa dude. Even my 13 yr. old nephew was impressed. No comparison. It is like the difference in being there at the show and listening to a bootleg. There are no problems with the Blu-ray audio recording. It is off the chart. I hope they put Yes Symphonic and Live at Tsongas on Blu-ray.
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One of my all time favorite video live concert footage offerings with ALL of the original band members of YES. Rick Wakeman...OMG!! Alan White..!!! Steve Howe...all together..they are YES!!! South Side Of The Sky...I have Acid Flashbacks and actaully get high on that musical journey!! Fantastic On Blu-ray!!! I can't live without it!!
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A very strong performance from the TFTO version of the band. They came out of the starting gate a bit wobbly and the band seems like they're just going through the motions [it seems to me] (which worried me on my first listen: uh oh, is the rest of the performance like this?). But the crowd seems to have revved them up and they warm up to a very satisfying performance. It's funny that they bleeped out something Jon said at one point, not sure why they did that, to me it takes away from the archival quality of the DVD. I hate it when producers get in between me and the band like that.
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Good but not as good as the acoustic recording. I bought this to add to my collection, however, I don't watch / listen to it as much as the acoustic one on DVD. The quality seems to be good, however there is too much crowd noise in my opinion. The song selection is good. I recommend this to any big Yes fans.
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This concert of Yes is one of the best performances in The Montreux Festival. For those who like Yes I recommend this Blu-ray.
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fantastic quality of the dvd, both sound and visual. appreciated the concentration on Steve Howe and his guitar playing! If there ever was an underrated master of the guitar he is it. I have seen Yes 5 times live and I can never forget the quality of the musicians, I only wish that more of the video would have shown the genius of bass player Chris Squire.
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