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Word Is Live

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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 (August 23, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00080COV0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Then (BBC 1970)
2. For Everyone (BBC 1970)
3. Astral Traveller (Gothenburg 1971)
4. Everydays (Gothenburg 1971)
5. Yours Is No Disgrace (London 1971)
6. I've Seen All Good People (London 1971)
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Disc: 2
1. Apocalyspse (Detroit 1976)
2. Siberian Khatru (Detroit 1976)
3. Sound Chaser (Detroit 1976)
4. Sweet Dreams (London 1975)
5. Future Times/Rejoice (Oakland 1978)
6. Circus of Heaven (Oakland 1978)
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Disc: 3
1. Heart of the Sunrise (Oakland 1978)
2. Awaken (Chicago 1979)
3. Go Through This (New York 1980)
4. We Can Fly rom Here (New York 1980)
5. Tempus Fugit (New York 1980)
6. Rhythm of Love (Houston 1988)
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This three-disc boxed set spotlights some of Yes' most memorable shows, capturing their stylistic evolutions and highlighting several of their legendary lineups. Spanning 1970-1988, the collection was co-produced by Yes and features many tracks from guitarist Steve Howe's personal archives. All but two tracks are previously unreleased. Packaging includes new artwork by Roger Dean, a massive 56-page book with scores of rare photos, commentary by prog-rock legend Greg Lake, essays by Yes experts Mike Tiano, Bill Martin, and Brian Ives, as well as fan reminiscences and testimonials by such fellow artists as John Frusciante, Geddy Lee, and others. Rhino. 2005.

ELP has come and gone (twice), while Genesis is but a fading memory. Yet Yes improbably soldiers on, as much enduring artistic/philosophical state of mind as stubborn prog rock holdout. This three disc, multiple band lineup spanning collection of (mostly) previously unreleased live performances pays apt tribute to that proud, expansive mindset. While it skips almost entirely over the band's mid-‘70s prime (a period already amply chronicled on the double-disc Yessongs), the band's formative era and first line-ups get showcased on raw ‘70-'71 performances from the BBC and Swedish Radio (the latter pair capturing some of guitarist Steve Howe's first performances with the band) on disc one, a chapter highlighted by their sprawling, if still evolving version of Paul Simon's "America"and a rare, nearly as grandiose cover of The Rascals' obscure "It's Love,"both from London '71.

Disc two focuses on arena performances from the late ‘70s, featuring an ambitious "Sound Chaser"from the Patrick Moraz line-up, as well as a "Big Medley"of reworked versions of some of their defining songs, with Rick Wakeman back behind the keys. The final chapter is the set's most varied, chronicling not one, but two band revampings via a trio of live tracks from the short-lived tenure of former Buggles Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes and a quartet of performances from the band's surprisingly successful, Trevor Rabin -sparked ‘80s pop reincarnation, including the rarities "Rhythm of Love" and "Shoot High, Aim Low." If the overall sound quality varies considerably, spanning mono radio recordings of indeterminate generation to soundboard cassettes from Howe's collection and professional multi-track (most of disc 2), it's the ever-forceful, often ambitiously reinventive performances they capture that's more the point. The set's ample booklet reinforces the notion that it's a collection aimed squarely a longtime fans, more than a few of whom contribute their insightful reminisces within. -- Jerry McCulley

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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Official Bootleg.A mixed bag in sound & performance August 26, 2005
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Disc one open with two poor sounding mono BBC concert tracks by the original Anderson/Banks/Kaye/Squire/Bruford line-up;musically good,but they sound like they've been taped off the airwaves.Sound quality improves for two Swedish Radio concert tracks recorded shortly after Steve Howe joined the group.Then you get 4 excellent(mono enhanced for stereo) Live tracks from London by the Anderson/Howe/Kaye/Squire/Bruford line-up including "Yours is No Disgrace","I've Seen All Good People",an embryonic 15 minute version of Paul Simon's "America",and a 10 minute rendition of an obscure Rascals tune "It's Love".The group was wise to wait(and add Rick Wakeman) and fine tune the arrangement of "America" before recording it in the studio.The box skips over the 1972-74 period(covered bythe "Yessongs" set),and Disc 2 is almost entirely professionally recorded full-fidelity material by the Anderson/Howe/Wakeman/Squire/White & Anderson/Howe/Moraz/Squire/White line-ups.The only mono track on Disc 2 is "Sweet Dreams",nicely remastered from the unreleased in America "Live at QPR" video(It's been offered on Japanese Laserdisc or spread across two volumes on Hong Kong DVD).Many of the disc two tracks are unreleased selections from the same concerts heard on "Yesshows" 2-CD set.Disc three opens promisingly with two more selections from those concerts,but goes downhill because of sound quality.Three soundboard cassette tracks from a concert by the Horn/Downes/Squire/Howe/White line-up reveal two previously unheard songs,but the source has murky sound,a bad mix and obvious cassette pitch flutter.The set closes with selections recorded on a Westwood One radio concert("Big Generator" tour,I think) by the Anderson/Rabin/Squire/Kaye/White line-up.Good performances marred by a very reverberant mix.If this were a bootleg,we would be raving about it,but I have higher sound quality expectations from Rhino.
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gems Among The Glass August 24, 2005
By Howie
Format:Audio CD
Well, it's finally here: the long-anticipated "new" live Yes set. The hype was superlative. It caught us hoping beyond hope for those live Yes moments we have heretofore only wished were laid down for posterity:

"Sound Chaser" with Moraz.

"America" with Bruford.

Yet on first listen one gets the sense that this is a box full of colored glass for the masses, with a few diamonds mixed in for the shrewd investor.

One shakes one's head at times and wonders aloud, "Is THIS the Yes that once graced those hallowed halls of yesteryear?"

Well, Yes.

And, No.

Truly, there are moments to marvel at: Disc 1's set with Bruford, Kaye, and Howe is astonishing.

"America" rolls along like an art-rock juggernaut, propelled by Mr. Bill's frenetic stylings (a foreshadowing of his performance years later as a Genesis sideman). It's only after the first 6 minutes have gone by that it hits you: Yes didn't just record this on a whim as a single with Wakeman! They were playing this FOR YEARS with Kaye!

And Kaye gives the song hair!


And then we stumble upon "Sound Chaser". The lead-in track to disc two, "Apocalypse", is brilliant live Yes as only Yes can do, but "Sound Chaser" sounds like it was cut by a high-school band on acid.

The guitar solo is great, but the sound is appalling. The desire to share this magic with others, pointing and shouting, "See! See!" is severaly tempered here; it would be almost embarrassing to play this for friends.

You would find yourself sorely tempted to apologize, "They're really much better than this. Really.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for August 24, 2005
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Yes, it seems, just did not seem keen to keep great archives of their shows over the years. This box set looks fantastic on paper, 3 full CD's covering '71-'88, but should really be called `The best of Steve Howe's personal collection of live tapes that don't always sound the best'. This set is really for Yes live completeists only, not for the casual live Yes fan. Sound ranges from mono, OK sound to pretty darn good, but not perfect sound. Selection misses a lot of the more popular songs (on purpose though as not to repeat what is already out there) which is fine for the completeist, but not the casual fan.

The 2 BBC tracks are good mono, as are the 2 Gothenburg tracks. The London '71 tracks are gems. They are stereo, but it's hard to tell if they are a mono source with some echo added or not. At the beginning a capella start of Your Move, is that really the halls reverb, or a little studio after effects? Don't know for sure, but a great set of song never the less.

Sweet Dreams on side 2 is a lousy mono version from the QEP show. I do not have the DVD's, but the sound quality on those are routinely panned, and this is right up there with it.

The rest of disk 2 and the first 2 songs of disk 3 show the late `70's Yes akin to the Yesshows album. There are no repeats to the Yesshows album (save for Time and a Word) so, with it, you get the bulk of songs performed in the late `70's. If you expected better quality then the very good but not excellent Yesshows, don't look here. The quality on all this material is very good, but it does sound like it came from old, improperly stored, tapes, cleaned up as best as possible. Ironically the one overlap on both, Detroit '76, sound better by a smige on the re-mastered Yesshows CD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars yes fan
I enjoyed there box sets of rare and hits.This one is there live hits.This is for any fan of yes.
Published 8 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's a mixed bag, but hey...
To anyone who complains about the sound quality of some tracks, keep in mind that most weren't intended for commercial release. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David L
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and rare live performances of some classic YES
I purchased this (album) after seeing another's review of a concert I listened to on Wolfgang's Vault of a YES performance at Wembly Arena in 1978. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Steve Gorman
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes - Word is Live
Uma caixa com boa revisão de gravações ao vivo com qualidade. A Rhino produz bons produtos e vale a caixa também pelo encarte. Uma boa edição!
Published on November 2, 2011 by Jose Henrique
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is No Disgrace but...
As a lot of other reviewers have pointed out, this release does have a "bootleg" feel to it and the sound quality isn't the best on some of the performances. Read more
Published on October 21, 2011 by Grateful Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolfgang's Vault
I am pretty much a Yes completest. I have not purchased this yet, but for the reviewer that mentioned the illusive Sound Chaser with Moraz, I was at the Bi-Centennial Concert in... Read more
Published on July 17, 2011 by Michael L. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars not flawless, but still essential for all you yes men (and women) out...
This compilation of live music is a real mixbag. Some performances dont sound that great do to poor audio quality, That being said when yes turns up the heat and does there thing... Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by desoto
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of Print grab it while you can
A nice live collection for those that have the other live sets, if you don't, then get those 1st, this is more like a collection of bonus material. Read more
Published on February 4, 2011 by OBIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Previously unreleased from the Yes vaults=perfection!
I am a die-hard Yes fan. I own everything they have put out, and they are my all-time favorite band. So as a Yes fan/collector, when I first saw this, I grabbed it. Read more
Published on April 16, 2008 by Johnny Boy
2.0 out of 5 stars And the word
Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Yes (See my other reviews) but with this release, they have gone too far on abusing fans. Read more
Published on February 23, 2007 by Guy Campeau
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