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Magnification [Extra tracks]

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Yes are an English rock band who achieved worldwide success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. Regarded as one of the pioneers of the progressive genre, Yes are known for their lengthy songs, mystical lyrics, elaborate album art, and live stage sets. No fewer than 18 musicians have been a part of the band's line-up, with its current form comprising singer Jon ... Read more in Amazon's Yes Store

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  • Audio CD (November 16, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • ASIN: B00069FKFA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Magnification
2. Spirit of Survival
3. Don't Go
4. Give Love Each Day
5. Can You Imagine
6. We Agree
7. Soft as a Dove
8. Dreamtime
9. In the Presence Of
10. Time Is Time
11. Close to the Edge
12. Long Distance Runaround
13. Gates of Delirium

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine, underrated, underrappreciated album September 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Recently I was going through my CD collection, wanting to listen to some Yes but not wanting to choose anything too familiar (i.e. anything pre-1987). I chose the 2001 album Magnification, and was taken aback by just how good it was, and is.

I've nearly "given up" on Yes a time or two (I have everything they've done, save for the Not-truly-Yes album Open Your Eyes), mainly due to frustration with their revolving door lineups. But 1999's The Ladder tweaked my interest again, and after watching the Yessymphonic DVD and later seeing the return of Rick Wakeman for their 2002 Full Circle tour, I found my fandom again and had to get Magnification--so impressed was I with the songs they played from it on those tours.

The first thing that struck me was how well the orchestra works with Yes. Sure, I miss Wakeman or any true keyboardist, but that color is more than compensated for by the marvelous orchestration. Try not to be moved by the glorious 2 minute introduction to the soaring "Give Love Each Day", which could be the 21st century's "And You and I". Other highlights of this fine album are the punchy, Chris Squire-sung "Can You Imagine" (which also features excellent BACKING vocals by Jon Anderson, and makes one think what an interesting vocal dynamic THAT can be!), the jaunty title track with it's clever arrangement, the urgent anthem "We Agree", the lilting "Soft as a Dove" (which particularly moved me, with my first son being born recently), and the majestic "In the Presence Of" which is one of the finest constructed Yessongs of recent memory. The short, unassuming, and tasteful "Time is Time" concludes this album in campfire singalong style.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes goes on.... June 1, 2005
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I admire artists who, in the face of adversity, stick to their guns and continue to do what they do best. Yes, the band, is nearly 40 years old, and still standing. They have had a revolving door policy as far as personnel goes, and still manage to sound like YES. This album, Magnification, is very, very good. Once again, they are without the services of Rick Wakeman, who has joined and quit this band more than Neil Young in Buffalo Springfield. Still, (and I may be bringing the wrath of Wakeman fans upon my head) they sound as though they don't really need him. The songs are fairly heavily orchestrated, and the strings compliment the songs very nicely. Yes should have tried this years ago. I have personal favorites such as Magnification, Don't Go, Can you imagine (sung by Chris Squire), and the short but wonderful Time is Time. This album proves that Yes is not only alive and well, but relevant and very welcome.

OK, Jon Anderson is still a bit foggy to me in the lyric department, but it's still good stuff, and very much Yes. I bought this CD when it was first released and a live CD has since been added to the package. I don't have that one, but this one is just fine. What I'm saying is this; Yes is still a great band, and Magnification is living, breathing proof of that.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much improvement over past releases March 10, 2006
By jblyn
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MAGNIFICATION is a huge advance over the past few CDs preceding it, specifically THE LADDER and OPEN YOUR EYES, and in some ways it's the best thing they've done since, oh, I don't know, maybe GOING FOR THE ONE. The use of an orchestra in place of the dreaded "keyboard slot" in the band is one reason why. This orchestra is no protective coloration device used to give the music a smooth coat and nothing more. Their arrrangements are as muscular as the bands and there's a perfect blend between the two ensembles in the songs. The band is also in particularly good form this time out. I have no idea whether everybody was in the same room when they laid down the tracks, but it sure SOUNDS like they were. The one sore point in the whole thing are Jon Anderson's lyrics. Sure, they're a lot more coherent than in years past (What exactly did "Even Siberia goes through the motions" mean, anyway?), but they're also so downright BANAL that after awhile I would've preferred the incoherency. The one exception is "Don't Go," which also features one of the CD's most interesting arrangements. Ah well, it's still a great return to form musically and proves that this band still has the goods.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnification is Magnificent! January 24, 2005
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If you are a Yes fan and have not purchased Magnification, I strongly recommend it!!! I don't know why I waited so long to get it. Yes never ceases to amaze me. The symphony orchestra adds a whole new dimension to the Yes sound. I do not understand why classic rock stations do not play new music by classic artists such as Yes!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Keyless June 25, 2009
By todd
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This might have been a better idea say, 10 years before they did it. Coming this late in the game it seemed like a stretch, or an act of desperation. It is ultimately, better than that. Songs like Spirit Of Survival, We Agree, Dreamtime and the title track sound like holdovers from the Keys To Ascension sessions, which is a compliment. What is left are songs that make up Jon Anderson usual peans to love and peace, harmonic convergance, et al. In The Presence Of actually builds from a piano intro written by Alan White, but the lyrics are pure Anderson - as Yes ballads go, its pretty good, and lends itself well to orchestral intergration, which most of this material does very well.

This album is better than most would have figured. If the idea of an orchestra on a rock album bugs you, I could understand, but since Yes has always been symphonically inclined, it makes sense they'd have done this more than once (Time And A Word included some string arrangments but was not written as an orchestral project). This album actually comes across as an intergrated effort, and the orchestral parts sound natural and not forced, probably because they were written with an orchestra in mind from their inception, or at least the album sounds that way.

Not all is perfect with any Yes album and this one is no exception. Don't Go is like any other of Yes' stabs at adult contemporary and its an instant skipper for me, as are most of the short songs on this album, save for the last song, Time Is Time, which is a nod to Time And A Word, some 33 years before. Its a bittersweet, short song with soaring guitar and strings and is as syrupy sweet as anything Yes has ever done, but I can't help but wish it were longer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yes fan
this was the last one with jon anderson . this one is a great one to get if you like there music.
Published 1 month ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so Magical
For hardcore yes fans from the "old days" you will be somewhat disappointed as I was. Musically it is pretty good so I gave it 3 stars. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John DiVincenzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good stuff
I've been a fan of Yes for decades, have 95% of their albums and ABWH albums, but was not aware of this one until recently. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Douglas C Vaughn
3.0 out of 5 stars TO DROWN OR NOT TO DROWN (IN STRINGS?)
For the first time in decades Yes paired with a symphony for "Magnification." It works in places and not in others. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Captain K
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!
If you are a true Yes fan, will will love Magnification. I also own the video and is just great. more up beat but the same Yes concept that have made them the Icon they are. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ciclops44
5.0 out of 5 stars Magni-ficent!
I've been a Yes fan for over a decade, having discovered them later on in my search for excellent prog-rock. Read more
Published 12 months ago by CMCD
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical YES
pretty good if you're a big fan. there are really no-stand out songs but it's worth a listen as a whole. You can tell it's genuine YES.
Published 13 months ago by frank camp
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes - Magnification
Only a few good songs on this album, the band sounds a bit tired, yet the fantastic bass sound remained as good as ever!
Published 13 months ago by Jean Vanholder
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cd
Doesn't suck at all. In fact I'd go so far as to say that most of the songs don't even suck a little bit,
Published 18 months ago by hussy55
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent effort.
Many of the songs fit in well with the orchestra and I am not too annoyed by the lyrics which have been awful for so damn long I don't know where to begin. Read more
Published 18 months ago by crank
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