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Yes - Songs from Tsongas - 35th Anniversary Concert

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Filmed in May of 2004, the classic YES line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White joined forces once again to celebrate their historic 35 years of creating music and memories together. With songs spanning their career,

Special Features

  • Songs include: Going For The One, Sweet Dreams, Your Move (All Good People), Mind Drive, Part 1 and 2, South Side of the Sky, Turn of The Century, My Eyes/Mind Drive Part 3, Yours is No Disgrace, Runaround, Wonderous Stories, Time Is Time, Roundabout, Show Me, Owner of A Lonely Heart, Rhythm of Love, And You and I, Ritual, Every Little Thing, Starship Trooper
  • Behind-the-scenes "making of" footage of the tour, filmed in Yakima WA with special interviews with the band and Roger Dean

Product Details

  • Actors: Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Alan White
  • Directors: Thomas Joe
  • Producers: Christine D. Reagan, Jeff Varner, Jordan Berliant, Randy King
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00068NVI4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,470 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yes - Songs from Tsongas - 35th Anniversary Concert" on IMDb

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By Richard A. Siler on August 6, 2005
Format: DVD
The much-delayed live DVD from Yes' 35th Anniversary tour is finally here, and it was well worth the wait. The sound is good, the direction and editing are good, the performances are stellar musically, and the whole thing is put together very well.

If you weren't able to see the tour, then you'll especially enjoy this DVD immensely. This is unlike any other Yes tour. The first thing that is unique is the inclusion of an acoustic set, which is fun and informal, but includes some impressive music. Second, this show is a true retrospective of the band's entire career. We get the standards, of course ("Your is No Disgrace", "All Good People", "Starship Trooper", "Owner of a Lonely Heart", etc). But the rest of the show is made up of rarely-played material: two songs from the early albums ("Sweet Dreams" and a terrific "Every Little Thing"), an ABWH song ("The Meeting"), finally some inclusion of music from the mid-90s ("Mind Drive" and the intro from "Footprints" dressed up as a short song), two Rabin-era songs ("Rhythm of Love" plus the obligatory "Owner"), some newer material ("Time is Time" from MAGNIFICATION and "Show Me"), and a few deep cuts like "Turn of the Century". The whole thing kicks off with "Going for the One" and culminates with a searing "Ritual".

The highlights are an amazing rendition of "South Side of the Sky", one of the most emotional performances of "And You and I" I've ever heard, the gorgeous "Wonderous Stories", possibly the most perfect Yes song ever, and a truly lovely "Century".
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If you are a big YES fan, your eyes will be crossed after going into trance mode with this incredible dvd. The production is top notch and the sound is excellent for a live setting. Play guitar, play drums, bass or sing the hell out of these songs or just meditate and don't move a muscle (okay, even keyboards or a bouzouki will do), you will NOT BELIEVE the incredible level of musicianship these old friends achieve. If ever anyone had a doubt, even after YES Symphonic - which was great, that YES could ever bring back the magic...you've been far too stingy with your appreciation!

This concert disk is a YES-power-totem frisbee soaring to the stratosphere...WE HAVE HEAVEN! Parts that thrilled me: South Side of the Sky, a deep cut from my favorite album (Fragile)...how great to see this rocked out again (not acoustic), they do a superb job! Turn of the Century, the lost cut from Going for the One...unbelievably true to the original and played with total finesse and loving care...VERY BEAUTIFUL! Long Distance Runaround (acoustic) - seeing the classic line-up play this with a playful but powerful tone and spirit - far @#^& out!! Wouldn't it be nice to sit down with a few friends and play like that so effortlessly? Wonderous Stories is a melodic, musical magic bell of a composition that Jon channels like a lost hymn. And You & I is done very sweetly, I love this song, as do most YES fans...INSPIRED - and the set by Roger Dean is really majestic for the atmosphere here. Ritual, the Topographic favorite of many (Pt. 1 - Revealing Science of God/Dance of the Dawn would be nice) is one of the main highlights for sure, they take this song to the limit! How do they perform every nuance with such total recall, while still adding 30 years of musical growth? WOW!
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One of my fondest Yes memories is watching from the 14th row at Madison Square Garden circa 1977 (it was the Going For the One tour) as the band rocked out. And back then they truly were all about rock...albeit prog rock, but indeed it was about rock. Jon Anderson sang like an angel. Rick Wakeman returned to his rightful place in the band (replacing a fair Patrick Moraz) and hid behind long flowing blonde hair as he literally almost rocked his keyboards off the stage at one point. And Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White pumped out their intricate, precisely played melodies. All woven together to absolutely knock The Garden audience out of their seats. Literally. Everyone stood on their seats throughout the whole show.

Flash forward to May 2004 where the boys are together to shoot a DVD during their 35th Anniversary tour. Well, seems that the guys have aged a bit from 1977 to 2004 (almost 30 years!!!), but certainly you'd never know it from listening to the musical performances in Songs from Tsongas. Jon Anderson's vocals sound superb. He hits every note (in the '77 show that I saw he had an unforgettable mis-step in Roundabout); Howe and Squire play their instruments precisely and their back up vocals sound as if you're listening to the studio versions; Wakeman and White are also as precise as the studio versions of their setlist. And that setlist is as follows:

Disc 1 (65:17)
1. Intro/Firebird suite
2. Going for the one
3. Sweet dreams
4. Your move/I've seen all good people
5. Mind drive Part 1 and 2
6. South side of the sky
7. Turn of the century
8. My eyes/Mind drive part 3
9. Yours is no disgrace

Disc 2 (85:14)
1. The meeting room/The meeting
2. Long distance runaround
3. Wonderous stories
4.
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