Union (Live)

YES
May 2, 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: May 2, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Gonzo
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 Gonzo Multimedia Limited
  • Total Length: 1:50:27
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  • ASIN: B004XDY6MI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,582 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Yes is another one of my favorite top ten groups.
H. Proke
Highlights: * Rabin and Howe solos and playing together * Awaken * Rythm of Love * Bruford and White compliment each other very well.
D. Dutton
It really disspointed me, sounds more like a fairly good bootleg, not what I was expecting at least.
Claudio Magro

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Alto Eager on May 20, 2011
Format: Audio CD
There was quite a bit of history behind Yes' Union tour. Formed in 1968, progressive rock band Yes experienced numerous lineup changes throughout the 70's, finally stabilizing in the 80's with the lineup known as "Yes West". Amidst urging from their record company, a merging of arguably the two most popular lineups of the band occurred, producing an album (Union) and world tour. This lineup included singer Jon Anderson and Chris Squire on bass, as well as Steve Howe and Trevor Rabin on guitars, drummers Bill Bruford and Alan White, and Rick Wakeman and Tony Kaye on keyboards. Fans have the widely available (and slightly underwhelming) Union album to document this period, but few have had the privilege of experiencing the amazing tour that followed.

Until now. Previously only available as a Japanese VHS/DVD import, us Westerners finally get a proper release, and the performance (recorded live on August 9, 1991 at the Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA) gets an official CD release for the first time. There has never been a live Yes album quite like this one (they all seem to have their own personality), as this gives the listener the rare opportunity to hear classic Yes songs reinterpreted by the members (even members who played on respective original recordings make a go at new arrangements). It would be easy for a sloppy performance to result from having eight super-musicians (and therefore, eight egos) on stage, but not only are the performances tight, the energy is amazing. One listen to the extended performance of "Yours Is No Disgrace" should convince any skeptic.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eh Van Bodegom on June 25, 2011
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I can be brief. This is in theory an over the top concert with two guitar players (Rabin, Howe, you cannot find two more diverging guitar styles in rock)), two keyboard players (Kaye, Wakeman - introvert and extravert), two drummers (Bruford - jazzy and percussion-oriented - and White - in fact a real rock drummer), Anderson (vocals) and Squire on bass. As my daily paper put it after their Rotterdam concert: they are the best players in the scene, and they have very big egos. That might be true or not true, but the combination is utterly beautiful. Rabin's more "tradional"rock sound only in "Yours is no Disgrace" is over the top. The whole concert is very beautiful. Sound and image are good. Awaken, with the special percussion of Bruford is stunning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Lion on August 15, 2011
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OK, I'll get right to the point: I purchased this CD because I wanted to go back in time 20 years and experience this great show again. So I was hoping for some "goosebump moments" and I'm glad to report that there are some of those on this nice 2 CD set. In fact, one of my favorite moments happens early on, during "Yours Is No Disgrace". How well I remember the twin guitars of Rabin and Howe battling across that slowly revolving stage! The crunch of White's bass drum was loud enough to shake my rib cage and Anderson's divine vocals transported me to otherworldly places. Ah, this is what Yes music is supposed to BE! Unfortunately this is the real high point of the show for me, although some of the other songs come close. I especially like "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "Awaken" and the "Whitefish" solo. What I would have liked to hear (and what seemed to me to get lost in the mix) is more of Bill Bruford's outstanding percussion work. Alan White's drums more often than not seem to swallow up Bruford's stellar contributions due to the sheer power of his playing---this wasn't the case when I actually attended the show. And there are a couple of times where even Steve Howe's guitar volume seems to have been downsized, most notably in the first half of "Awaken." Of course, there are always problems with a live concert, but I would have thought that modern day mixing technology might have been able to bring out the BEST that this concert had to offer. It's still a great show which really captures the band at another peak, I just wish it could have been given a little more TLC which would have made it a five star CD instead of just another Yesshow.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Dutton on August 3, 2011
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This CD is best suited for the seasoned Yes fan. I saw 3 shows of this tour in 1991. 2 in Philly and one in Atlantic City at Trump's Taj Mahal. These were the last of the epic Yes shows. The set list on tour was great and the track selections for the CD are great as well. My only disappointment was the dropping of "And You And I" and the Bruford/White double solo. In the live show the Bruford/White "tandem solo" was amazing.

For me I never tire of "Awaken" and love every version. I could listen to them back to back and never get tired of it. "Union Live" also has a great version of "Awaken".

Going from Firebird Suite into "Yours is No Disgrace" had to be Bruford's idea. It worked great! Rabin and Howe both are highlighted on "Yours Is No Disgrace" with solo pieces. Howe's mastery does edge out the very talented and accomplished Rabin. It's magic to hear them both. Two great players with distinct styles. You will have no trouble figuring out who's playing.

The Union CD when it was released had some great music. The live version is not a live version of the Union album. Only one track from Union is on here.

Highlights:

* Rabin and Howe solos and playing together
* Awaken
* Rythm of Love
* Bruford and White compliment each other very well.
* Jon Anderson

Tracks
Disc 1
Intro/Firebird Suite 3:15
Yours Is No Disgrace 15:13
Rhythm Of Love 5:12
Heart Of The Sunrise 11:00
Clap/Mood For A Day (Howe Solo) 6:43
Make It Easy/Owner Of A Lonely Heart 6:34
I've Seen All Good People 7:22
Dics 2
Solly's Beard (Rabin Solo) 6:32
Saving My Heart For You 5:09
Whitefish/Amazing Grace 9:58
Rick Wakeman Solo 4:28
Awaken 19:26
Roundabout 9:41
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