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Product Description

Experience the pure power of Yes on their 1973 world tour, featuring the classic lineup of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White. London's Rainbow Theatre reverberates with the energy of the legendary rock group as they perform many of their signature mood pieces from the "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" albums. You haven't seen this classic rock group until you see them live. Songs: Your Move/I've Seen All Good People, The Clap, And You and I, Close to the Edge, The Six Wives of Henry VIII [excerpt], Roundabout, Yours is No Disgrace, Starship Trooper [excerpt].

Yes was on tour to promote the recent release of Close to the Edge when this energetic performance was captured on 16-millimeter film in London's Rainbow Theatre in December 1972. Although this DVD was mastered from a ragged print (with plenty of scratches evident throughout), this is actually the better of the two Yes discs available (the other--Live in Philadelphia--has an even murkier transfer from videotape), with marginally better sound quality and a 75-minute performance that finds the band at the height of their "early years" popularity. The lineup is the same as that of the 1979 performance in Philadelphia (Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White, Rick Wakeman), but this concert is by a much younger, much more ambitious band that was still forging its formidable prog-rock identity. As a result this is the more valuable of the two Yes performances on DVD--a tighter, sharper, more satisfying look at the band at the peak of their creativity. It's also worth noting that they allowed room for solo improvisations (such as Howe's playful rendition of "The Clap" and Wakeman's excerpts from "The Six Wives of Henry VIII"), but as a group they remained intimately faithful to their studio recordings. And although even die-hard fans will grumble about the film's murky quality (which DVD can do nothing to improve), camera access was adequate for this show and each member of the band is given adequate screen time to demonstrate his instrumental virtuosity--particularly Howe, whose guitar work here is nothing short of amazing. While it's unfortunate that both DVDs featuring live Yes music leave much to be desired, this disc is definitely worth owning if you've ever wanted to see the giants of '70s prog-rock at the top of their game. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • Songs Include: Your Move/All Good People, The Clap, And You and I, Close to the Edge, Excerpts from The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Roundabout, Yours Is No Disgrace, Excerpt from Starship Trooper
  • Rainbow Theatre, December 1972, London

Product Details

  • Actors: Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, Alan White, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman
  • Directors: Peter Neal
  • Writers: Peter Neal
  • Producers: Brian Lane, David Speechley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (PCM Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 1997
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305076995
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on June 6, 2003
Format: DVD
This set here captures Yes in fine form, as they were performing songs to support their 1972 release _Close To The Edge_. As many reviewers have stated, the sound quality is quite faint, which can be inexcusable to many viewers, but the performances are top-notch, and on the whole, is worthwhile for the Yes fan.
The six performances on here are for: "Your Move/I've Seen All Good People," "The Clap," "And You And I," "Close To The Edge," "Jingle Bells/Hallelujah/Roundabout" and "Yours Is No Disgrace" as an encore.
"Your Move.." is quite a nice performance as vocalist Jon Anderson is using his ethereal upper-register, and Steve Howe is playing mind-blowing material on his guitar (though in the first half, he plays what looks like a mandolin.) The vocal harmonies exchanged by Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire and Steve are nice as well. I also liked watching keyboardist Rick Wakeman clapping his hands during the handclapping section. "The Clap" is an extraordinary workout by Steve Howe. It was nice watching the close-ups on the fretboard, and watching Steve's amazing technique and virtuosity.
Elsewhere, hearing and seeing this live performance of "Close To The Edge" was quite refreshing, and sits quite nicely with the studio version. The opening was melodic and mesmerizing, although there were some parts in the beginning where you couldn't see the bandmembers, due to some of the art collages. This may annoy some viewers as this appears in other places during the performance, particularly during the third movement, "I Get Up, I Get Down.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mike on July 20, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Recorded live at the Rainbow Theatre December 1972. This brilliant performance became a really great video for any true fan of the earlier forms of Yes (and not for the people who like their 80's stuff like "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"). First the video starts out with some moving artwork from the great Roger Dean to the music of the middle instrumental section of the studio version of "Close To The Edge".
Then after the title shows up, the band goes right into "I've Seen All Good People". The way it's played is great but Rick Wakeman's organ crescendo at the end of the first half doesn't compare to that of organ great Tony Kaye on the studio recording.
After that is a nice version of "The Clap" with just Steve Howe and his Martin 0014 Acosutic Guitar.
Then some tunes from their latest studio album (at the time), first comes "And You And I" where they skip Steve Howe's 12-String acoustic guitar intro (but uses a white Gibson EDS-1275 SG Double-Neck Guitar for the other parts that do require 12-String Guitar) but do an alternate beginning (and a more revelatory one at that). Then comes "Close To The Edge" Yes's 6th Longest song though clocking in at 18:40...
Anyway enough with Yes's longest tunes, back to Close To The Edge, through out the song at different times there are clips of underwater microscopic life which in my opinion should have been left out, and just showed the band play. The song is very close to the original studio version, except the end where they drop it a step from F to E flat (I guess because Jon Anderson's voice couldn't take the pressure he put on it like on the album).
Anyway a little stage chatter and Anderson kissing his microphone he introduces Rick Wakeman to do his "Excerpts From The Six Wives Of Henry The VIII".
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By on September 22, 1999
Format: DVD
It is obvious that this video was not planned.
If you read any yes books they say they came in and just recorded one of our Yesshows. This is it. Yes at their best in 73.
They are not trying to impress anyone like on MTV, they are playing a concert.
This movie captures Yes the way they were before they got real big and started touring Stadiums. A real Treasure to have.
The sound and picture is ok, but it was 1973. Enjoy the moment for what it was, a Yesshow in 1973. Rob S.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Hubert Potts on April 11, 2006
Format: DVD
Spectacular. Don't listen to tepid ratings. Excellent original executions of the tunes here, very fresh as the tunes have been recently written and published before the concert (i.e. last couple years before the concert).

These musicians' playing is excellent, and their composition is hard to believe - it's hard to believe they just up and created all this material themselves, out of thin air. Pink Floyd was great, and Genesis was great, but could they keep up with these fellows? I think not!

If you appreciate Yes, you ought to have this early taping of Yes when they're all young and their era is young, and everything is new and fresh and excellent.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By YesFan on January 6, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Disclaimer: my copy is region B and not purchased through Amazon, but rather through an Australian retail outlet. That said, I am staggered at the asking price for this sub-par Blu-ray on this website and I must agree with the other two reviewers. The 5.1 mix is very disappointing, I think I got more out of it by using the ProLogic ll setting on my Pioneer receiver. I can't even access the "restored mono mix", the disk case actually says that it is NOT included, despite the included 2012 trailer stating that it IS on the disk. What a selling point - here's what your disk DOESN'T have on it!! On the doco Steve Howe says that the mix on the film was done brilliantly but this sounds like it was played back in an aircraft hangar and re-recorded by a bootlegger. As for the video, the trailer shows the film to be in 16:9 but clearly that's not how it plays back. I suspect it is just cropped anyway so we probably aren't missing anything, but to the manufacturers, don't mislead people, please. I can't comment on accessible video resolution as I don't have a HD television. The film restoration wasn't too bad, I know that there wasn't much lighting to work with and this is probably as good as it gets.

In conclusion, fair enough that you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear but as consumers we deserve to be given more honest information about what we are buying. Marginally better video than the original, and a botched surround mix is hardly anything to get excited about in a marketing campaign, and Howe, Squires and Dean wasted their time making the doco. Another annoyed fan.
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