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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 (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,651 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

Both songs are beautiful, the kind of music that Yes can make when they are being creative.
Lonnie E. Holder
Some of the ABWH oriented songs are pretty good too, but don't really stack up when you compare them to the material on the ABWH album that preceded this.
Steven Sly
This wasn't a "union" of the two groups, it was merely the second ABWH album interspersed with a YesWest EP.
Terrell Miller

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By ven69 on November 18, 2003
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 By J. E. Santos on 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 By Chris MB on September 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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 By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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