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April 26, 1991

  Song Title
I Would Have Waited Forever
Shock To The System
Lift Me Up
Without Hope You Cannot Start The Day
Saving My Heart
Miracle Of Life
Silent Talking
The More We Live - Let Go
Angkor Wat
Holding On
Take The Water To The Mountain (Edit)

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  • Original Release Date: April 26, 1991
  • Release Date: April 26, 1991
  • Label: Arista
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  • Total Length: 1:05:16
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  • ASIN: B004ZGN7EQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By ven69
Format:Audio CD
Despite the fact that I have thousands and thousands of CDs, this is the first review I've ever written. I've always figured that every album is destined to be liked by some and disliked by others, so what's the point of adding my two cents to one side or the other? Well, I finally decided to weigh in on "Union" after reading on a Yes fan site that the album is almost universally maligned among Yes enthusiasts. I was so appalled, I felt I had to say something.
I agree wholeheartedly with other reviewers who feel that most of the negative comments seem to come from Yes "historians" who are more concerned about the circumstances of the album's creation than the music itself. Is this a true "Union" of the two most notable incarnations of Yes? Not really. Do the band members themselves feel this album is one of their better works, and do they have fond memories of putting it together? Apparently not. But so what??? What in the world does that have to do with the quality of the songs or the album as a whole?
The simple fact is, this is an excellent album, with few weak tracks and no flat-out bad ones. I'm not going to go into a track-by-track analysis, but suffice it to say that "Union" is a strong '80s-'90s era Yes album with well-integrated touches of '70s era Yes styles. Trevor Rabin's influence is considerable (which IMHO is not a bad thing at all) but blends well with the "classic Yes" sound. If you like "90125," "Big Generator," and ABWH, you'll almost certainly like "Union." If you think Yes put out nothing but junk from 1980 through 1994, then feel free to lump this album in with the rest. It is not "Fragile." It is not "Close To The Edge.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Works August 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
A lot of people hate this album, pretty much because they pay attention to the managerial and behind the scenes politics that gave birth to it.

I must admit, though, that it is one of the Yes CDs that I listen the most.

Of course I believe that some stuff should not have been included. For instance, I do not share the enthusiasm with "Miracle of Life", since I believe it to be a great musical "intro" followed by an 80's Maddona Christmas song.

But I bleed tears everytime I listen to "I Would Have Waited Forever", "Shock to the System" and "The More We Live--Let Go", three amazing pure Yes songs.

The sound in "Take the Water to the Mountain" is eerie and gives me goose bumps everytime.

"Silent Talking" is a hidden jem. Just sit down and listen to the complexity of this short exploration.

Maybe most Yes members "hate" this recording. Let them deal with that. They are wrong. This is a great collection. This is a great Yes collection.

Enjoy it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two Projects, One Album September 4, 2001
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For those who are unfamiliar with the origins of this album, Union sprung from two different sources - the Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe lineup that released the self-titled debut on Arista records and the "Yes West" lineup consisting of Anderson, Rabin, Squire, Kaye and White most famous for "Owner of a Lonely Heart." If you're expecting all eight of these folks on each track, you're going to be a bit disappointed.
Prior to the release of Union both camps had been plugging away at new albums. When Anderson was approached to rejoin Rabin, Squire, Kaye and White, it became logical that all the material each faction had been working on form one release. Squire was also asked to lend his signature backing vocals to the ABWH session work. What Union yields is a good but less than cohesive collection of songs.
Highlights of the ABWH material include the anthem, "I Would Have Waited Forever" and the groove-drive "Shock To The System." Less effective, however, are "Dangerous" (which clearly sounds as though it was radically altered by producers prior to release) and "Without Hope You Cannot Start The Day."
From the "Yes West" camp, effective tracks such as "Lift Me Up" and "Miracle of Life" sum up what the Rabin years were all about although there are some weak points such as "Saving My Heart," a prime example of Rabin driving the pop element a bit too hard.
All-in-all, Union is not nearly as bad as it's made out to be. It's a good snapshot of Yes' evolution during the early 90's and a predictor of things to come. Yes would to on to release Talk with the "Yes West" lineup prior to reforming with the more classic lineup of Anderson, Howe, Squire, Wakeman and White.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Would Have Waited Forever June 27, 2004
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Music is such a personal thing to many of us, and we can be very critical of our favorite groups. In this case the CD cover states that the CD "features" the talents of eight members of yes. The reality is that not all eight members are very prominent and they do not all appear simultaneously. So the statement that the album "features" the talents of Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Tony Kay, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White is misleading because some of these artists make what I would consider guest appearances on this CD rather than being "featured." Okay, now that I have established the reason for all the criticism and have talked about it, let's talk about the music.
This music is the kind of complex, interesting music that Yes has been known for making. While I have a lot of Yes's music from many different eras, the consistency is bumpy and the amount of creativity varies substantially. However, when it all comes together the results are excellent.
This CD opens with two rockers, "I Would Have Waited Forever" and "Shock to the System," that have a flavor of the over-the-top music of "90125." The music is enthusiastic and up-beat and well harmonized. There may be a touch of bombast in these two songs, but these two songs are exceeded in the bombast department by the fourth track, "Lift Me Up," and the seventh track, "Miracle of Life." I enjoy all four of these songs with my favorite being "Lift Me Up," which is the most bombastic song on this CD.
"Masquerade," the third track, is a Steve Howe acoustic guitar solo that is beautiful, and it is too short. You may make an argument that Steve Howe could have developed the piece further, but at what point has a theme been exploited without being overlong?
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4.0 out of 5 stars good
lot of great songs
just great song followed by another great song
i like this record
better than tomato cd
Published 21 days ago by Kevin William Finn
4.0 out of 5 stars A MISSED OPPORTUNITY
For a time there were essentially two bands using the Yes name, and on "Union" they collided, albeit for friendly reasons. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Captain K
2.0 out of 5 stars Not their best.
I have been going through Yes as of late and good god around 77' they pretty much bit the dust. I DO like some of their eighties stuff, some of their weirdest, just because a few... Read more
Published 18 months ago by crank
4.0 out of 5 stars This one grows on you
By late-1988, vocalist Jon Anderson had grown tired of the pop-rock direction Yes had veered towards throughout the 1980s. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Johnny Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars I Really Liked This Album
I really enjoy listening to this album even though the general consensus of the band members is that it wasn't a good album overall. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michelle M. Arellano
3.0 out of 5 stars The non-Rabin tracks are pretty good
Union is hated by many Yes fans but as I listen to it 20 years after it came out, I like most of it. Read more
Published on October 3, 2011 by Gary A. Lucero
4.0 out of 5 stars Whats to hate?
I've been listening to a LOT of Yes albums today including their newest and some of their NOT SO GOOD stuff over the years! Read more
Published on July 5, 2011 by SteveMor
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply put, A-MAZE-ING!!!!
Union is an album of emotionally charged power pop, with a flavour of 70's prog mixed in just to make things more interesting. Read more
Published on April 26, 2011 by Tnahpellee
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply put, A-MAZE-ING!!!!
Union is an album of emotionally charged power pop, with a flavour of 70's prog mixed in just to make things more interesting. Read more
Published on April 26, 2011 by Tnahpellee
1.0 out of 5 stars Rick Wakeman referred to this project as Onion....
... because it made him cry. Bruford thought that it had so devalued the merits of a band he cofounded that it closed the door forever on any prospect of working with his former... Read more
Published on July 12, 2010 by o dubhthaigh
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