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Union (Live)

Yes
May 2, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 2, 2011
  • 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 (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,612 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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53 of 56 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eh Van Bodegom on June 25, 2011
Format: Audio CD
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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9 of 9 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eurocrank on September 23, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Yes keeps shapeshifting and showing signs of past lives. 'Union Live' is welcome in my living room and office, but I'm not sure the band really wants to be there.

Gonzo Multimedia is the company behind this release. The only sign of a release date is on the discs themselves (2011). There clearly has been no effort made to doctor the performances. There is no mention of a producer, engineer, recording venue, recording date(s), etc. in the packaging even though there is a list of the Union tour dates.

While I'm very happy with the sound quality, my reference is the similarly semi-official series of concert CDs released by the Immortal label, which seem to be taken from video. 'Union Live' sounds like a mono recording--I had to listen to headphones to make sure it really is in stereo. The second disc, which focuses on individual band members' solo spots, sounds noticeably better to my ears than the first disc.

The packaging is of very good quality, with a 12 pg. booklet featuring 16 photos of the band members (two each) and multi-paragraph biographies. Unfortunately, the bios are badly written. To call them "hagiographic" would be a disservice to that word. These are slavish, making the fans who end CD reviews with the statement "You won't be dissapointed!" (sic) seem altogether humble and wise. Here are some excerpts:

Jon Anderson: "Poet. Visionary. Artist. Leader. Jon Anderson brings an enthusiasm and vision to his music and to his career that cannot be suppressed. The eternal optimist, there seems to be nothing that Jon Anderson cannot do."

Steve Howe: "The respect which Steve Howe commands as a musician is awesome."

Tony Kaye: "His keyboard playing is sleek and modern, blending beautifully with today's Yes sound."

I can only imagine the discomfort Yes, past present and future, must feel given this Polaroid of a performance (performances, if you get the deluxe version).
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