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Symphonic Live [Blu-ray]

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Yes are one of the most innovative and successful rock bands of all time
with a career that now spans five decades. Filmed in high definition, this
concert from 2001 captures the band accompanied by a full orchestra for the first time in their career in support of their
symphonic album Magnification . As well as tracks from that album the band present unique new versions of their
classic tracks. Yes concerts have always had a power and grandeur that few other bands can match and this show with the
full orchestra takes them to an even higher level that can now be appreciated in its full glory on Blu-ray. TRACK LISTING 1) Overture 2) Close To The Edge 3) Long Distance
Runaround 4) Don t Go 5) In The Presence Of 6) Gates Of Delirium 7) Steve
Howe Guitar Solo 8) Starship Trooper 9) Magnification 10) And You And I
11) Ritual 12) I ve Seen All Good People 13) Owner Of A Lonely Heart
14) Roundabout
Bonus Features: 30 minute Dreamtime documentary / Promo Video for Don t Go

Product Details

  • Actors: Yes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Eagle Vision Usa
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 194 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005D0TETA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,251 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Peter H. Kistemaker on May 12, 2002
Format: DVD
On November 21st and 22nd 2001 Yes visited the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam and gave 2 concerts ... the 2nd one ... was filmed and is now available on video and DVD. ... the DVD version [has] a beautiful mix of band and orchestra ... The DTS sound gives it all an extra dimension .
The concert starts with an overture by the orchestra, that is not visible at that moment. The background is a Roger Dean-like landscape.
After the intro the band starts with the epic Close to the Edge and, immediately, you sense the asset the orchestra is for this song. It brought tears in my eyes from emotion to see young orchestra members with such dedication to music that was written before they were even born. Also on screen there appear icons for animation in the background and there are multiple camera-angles in this song possible.
Next is Long Distance Runaround from the Fragile album with a beautiful orchestra opening that is really an asset to the song.
From the new album Magnification they played Don't go first. I think it's not their most powerful track of the album and it surprised me the song did it live very well.
In the Presence Off, also from their latest album, are, together with Dreamtime, my favourites. In arrangement and length it's a 2001 Yes semi-epic.
Then, oh my God, finally, after all these years, Gates of Delirium is been introduced. Together with C.T.T.E this is the mother of all Yes epics. Tom Brislin really showed his craftsmanship in the "war" part of the song. This is a perfect song to play with an orchestra and you can hear that they do a perfect job in the changeover from the "war" part to the "peace" part of the song .Soon oh Soon let's the song end in a sea of tranquillity. Multi-camera angles and animations of war are also visible during this song.
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Format: DVD
This excellent production will rapidly become the Mecca of Yes on film. After nearly 34 years and counting the band had still not released an adequate visual representation of their powerful live concerts. `House Of Yes' (from the House of Blues on `The Ladder' tour) came nearest, but the 1970s attempts (`Yessongs' and `Live In Philadelphia') are sub par, and the 1996 `Keys To Ascension' video was ruined by post-production and appalling graphics. Now, finally, they've pulled it off. Two and a half hours of sublime music, intelligent filming, good direction, sensible production and great sound.
The occasion, as most reading this will know, is the 2001 Yes Symphonic Tour - in this case a concert in Amsterdam. The fact that the shoot took place in Europe adds to the enjoyment, as audiences in this part of the hemisphere tend actually to listen to music rather than to yell and scream while it is happening. This removes most irritating aural distractions from the listener's perspective, and avoids elimination problems at the production end.
The idea of Yes appearing with an orchestra was greeted with understandable scepticism in some quarters. The possibilities of overkill, mismatch or descent into musak were enough to make anyone who cares about their music nervous. Fortunately, composer Larry Groupe handles arrangements of classic material with taste and restraint, and the young European Festival Orchestra under Wilhelm Kietel was well settled in by the time this was filmed. Indeed they seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. It is good to be able to hear what they add. This was not always possible as a member of the audience.
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Format: Blu-ray
The 2002 DVD release of Yes Symphonic Live has seen many hours in my home theater, showcasing Yes in this amazing concert with a symphony orchestra. I had longed to see this title released on Blu-Ray, so imagine my excitement when I found this new release in my local music store. Then imagine my disappointment when animations and film footage start to appear at key moments within this video, replacing the concert footage! These animated backgrounds were optional on the original DVD release, but not so in this Blu-Ray. The ultimate tragedy for me was during "The Gates of Delirium", my favorite song of this concert. As the band and orchestra wind up together and lock into an amazing groove for the song's middle "battle" section, cartoonish imagery of soldiers, tanks and planes flow across the screen, obscuring the band and orchestra performance! I turned the disc off right there and stuffed it into the back row of my collection. Three stars is all I can muster for what should have been a five star release on Blu-Ray. At least I still have that old DVD release to enjoy this concert.

Update: I do need to clarify - the amount of imagery is not staggering in context of the entire concert, which looks and sounds fantastic! But there is more than a few seconds of interruptions - for example, "Close to the Edge" has two animated sections that are each almost a minute long, and "The Gates of Delirium" battle sequence has two straight minutes of animation. There may be more, I didn't finish watching it. So, your patience for seeing this imagery will certainly vary from mine, but I watch a Yes concert to see the performers play, not to witness animations and video feeds obscure the experience. If such imagery doesn't bother you, then grab and enjoy this title!
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