Yes: Keys to Ascension
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I think the video artists did a fine job of creating a video to accompany this concert. I found that most of the effects added to the concept of the music with superimposed water images and Roger Dean album art over the band on parts of Close to the Edge. Yes, there were parts of the video on at least a couple of songs that did not seem befitting, and detracted. There was an occasional imperfect synch of sound and image. There was also the use of a jerky slow motion effect used in a number of places (probably used to fill in gaps) that was less than desirable, but those things represent only a small percent of the total video. So does that make the whole apple bad? Not in my book. You can really see the classic Yes line up perform--up close. As far as sound quality, it is as good as the CDs (which is a great recording compared to the old classic Yes albums), but with the added enhancement of surround sound. The 5.1 is not as well balanced as other discs. On my system, I found that if I decreased the center channel by 4 db and increased the rears by 4 db plus added a 15 ms delay to the rears--it sounded more balanced.
I have also listened to the House of Blues 5.1 in the DVD-A version (audio only, no video) from the JVC sampler. This is good and has some real strengths of 5.1 mix separation and clear vocals.Read more ›
So they did, and I must say the first few minutes I was on the edge of my seat loving it. The sound and video quality was excellent. But then i noticed that the parts of some songs where a Yesman displayed his proficiency of his instrument...was cut off by slow motioned videos of trees swaying, clouds drifting, water falling and other psyhchedlia you can think of. Sometimes these moments fit in quite well, but lets face it, theres overkill. There was also some moments when sound and video were out of sync/unison for sake of "exciting video editing tricks." You notice it towards the end of their opening piece, Siberian Khatru. On the live music track, Alan White is hitting his crash cymbal ONCE and the video shows him hitting a crash FOUR times half a second later. I dont like it when ANY live video does that. Remember video and sound were not in sync in the whole Yessongs video?
The thing that attracts me to this dvd is the rareness of some of these songs. Yes doesn't really perform Starship Trooper, Turn of the Century, Going for the One, America and especially Revealing Science of God on a daily basis, more or less it being on DVD. You do see Steve Howe's assortment of vintage classics. You can also awe of Alan Whites array of percussion and cymbals. Speaking of array, check out Wakemans rig...theres over ten keyboards folks.Read more ›
The singing is like Jon Anderson has stepped through a time portal & if anything, sounds even better than he ever did. His mic skills on this recording are amazing.
Over all, it is a must for any YES fan from the 70s!
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We lost in a fire after a horrific accident and I THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the smile on my wife Patty's face. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shepp
Like reviewers have said it is a bit over produced. The 70's footage is cool to have. That's when I saw them and it takes me back.
I like Yes a lot so I still enjoyed it. Read more
I really like Yes and have the utmost respect for their career and exceptional musicianship. But this video in particular was a disappointment - not because of the music, but... Read morePublished 22 months ago by ALM
Don't get me wrong, the band is so tight at this time. But the director ruins the music with effects of water and snow and nature. I still recommend this thoughPublished on May 29, 2014 by Ryan Cassidy
Love Yes, but this is a travesty to the band-how they allowed Steve Mitchell to Direct and produce their music is a mystery to me. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Neil Gross
I have the CD of this concert and, as usual, Yes delivers. The music, performed live with updated technology, etc., is fresher than their studio counterparts. Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by R. Bauer
Cleaning out the DVD collection, I came across this long unwatched title and found myself wondering if it could really be as bad as I remembered it being. Read morePublished on March 31, 2012 by K. Hall
Culled from several nights at a theater in CA in 1996 during a USA tour, this is not a hi-tech dvd but a VHS filmed with 4 cameras presenting very early material only (which made... Read morePublished on October 14, 2011 by JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU
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