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Yes - Yessongs (1994)

Steve Howe , Jon Anderson , Peter Neal  |  G |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305076995
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yes - Yessongs" on IMDb

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  • 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

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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

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
By Samhot
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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Yes at their Best" Live. July 20, 2002
By Mike
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes is just touring on this show September 22, 1999
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Magnifico, but..... September 15, 2005
My love of classic Yes -- particularly the live performances of "Close to the Edge" and "Yours Is No Disgrace," on the old Yessongs album, led me to purchase this visual DVD, in part because I needed to actually see Steve Howe's fingers moving over the frets during my favorite parts.

The opening minute or so of "Close to the Edge" on the old live audio album, Yessongs, for example, is, to me, an absolute miracle of guitar playing by Steve Howe -- someone who at his peak in the 1970s combined phenomenal intricacy of rhythm and texture with phenomenal speed, and a sense of unbeatable wildness with classical discipline, and beauty. He was a wonderful fusion of the classic and romantic, the formal and the informal, Vivaldi, Country and the most lovely Rock. So I was disappointed to find that those who filmed the performance rather foolishly filmed, not Steve's fingers on the frets during those moments of incomparable genius during the first minute of so of "Close to the Edge" -- instead, unbelievably, the DVD shows a half minute of images of amoebas bifurcating and so on, as one hears the music unfolding in the background. How could they fail to put this man's fingers and face on film at the moment of his remarkable peak?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best that's available
Yes, the audio quality is a bit iffy. Yes the video is a bit noisy and dark. However, if you can accept these technical limitations, there is no better document of the band at... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Martin Halstead
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Roberto Couce
5.0 out of 5 stars going back in time
we used to go watch this in the theaters back in the mid/late 70's, doesn't get any better than these guys back then!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by scott allan
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest ensemble of musicians playing the best arrangements of...
the greatest ensemble of musicians playing the best arrangements of songs. the only bummer with this dvd is the sound quality. it's good but it could be better.
Published 3 months ago by Kody
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
I have been collecting DVD's of some of my favorite bands of yesteryear and Yes was one I could not find in local stores. Thus Amazon met my needs at a reasonable price. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bruce Riley
3.0 out of 5 stars The show is great over this cut on DVD
The show is great over this cut on DVD
This shopw 1973 consolidated Yes definitely, but its original length is 2:10 pm, and the DVD contained only 58 minutes, I was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carlos Daniel
3.0 out of 5 stars Good video, but audio is still lacking
For those complaining about the 4:3 video, Yessongs should never be 'widescreen' since it was not originally shot in that format. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steven A. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Yessongs
This is a great DVD from Yes. It was done during their Close to the Edge tour. Only thing missing from this is a performance of Starship Trouper.
Published 10 months ago by buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock concerts captured on film.
Quality schmality this is one great dvd. My only complaint is that I wish they had captured the whole yessongs album. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bassman
5.0 out of 5 stars A BIG yes to YES
My husband is enthralled that I found all these YES DVD s for him! He is in hog heaven!,,,,Great live concerts
Published 12 months ago by Jennifer Coveny
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