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Yes - Yesspeak (35th Anniversary)

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Product Description

The anniversary journey continues for the pioneers of Progressive Rock and fans will finally get what they have been asking for, a Yes DVD featuring the classic band line up with narration by The WhoGÇÖs Roger Daltry. The 3-hour film, shot in Europe during the recent 35th anniversary year, includes intimate and humorous observations into their music, their life on the road, and their own personal viewpoints. YES have rocked the world for 35 years, they were the pioneers of progressive rock. A Grammy award winning band YES sold in excess of 35 million albums. Five individual virtuosos that make up one of the greatest rock bands in history. YES is a band that continue to grow stronger and play sell out tours, worldwide year after year.


Shot during the group's 35th anniversary European tour, Yesspeak offers a 169-minute documentary about the classic progressive rock band Yes, together with an audio-only presentation of their 2003 set. The feature, narrated by Roger Daltrey, is a refreshingly straightforward affair, with a near three-hour running time allowing rather more depth than the usual rockumentary. Divided into 10 chapters, the program systematically covers the background, history, and outlook of the group before an extended interview with each of the five members of the classic lineup: Jon Anderson (vocals), Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass), Alan White (drums), and Rick Wakeman (keys). Finally there are more general sections on touring and the band's music. Archive material and glimpses of the 2003 tour are interwoven with the interviews, but this is very much a documentary, not a concert (to see Yes at their modern best, watch Yes: Symphonic Live, 2002).

The documentary puts a positive spin on a sometimes checkered past, and it's clearly aimed at long-term fans, but for those who have followed Yes through the decades this is satisfyingly comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable; from Steve Howe's famous but still entertaining guitar/Concord story, to Rick Wakeman's tea break during a typically expansive solo. --Gary S. Dalkin

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  • Actors: Jon Anderson, Steve Howe (II), Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Roger Daltrey
  • Directors: Robert Garofalo
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sunset Home Visual Entertainment (SHE)
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00012QM7W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,359 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yes - Yesspeak (35th Anniversary)" on IMDb

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This is a double DVD set and broken up into chapters which spotlight the individual artists as well as a Life on the Road section.
I enjoyed seeing each band-member here at their respective homes, and discussing touring and music in general. The music business has changed dramatically over the course of Yes's career, and it still does not keep fans away from their concerts, including myself.
The DVD set was well organized and also contains what appears to be an entire show's (audio only + slideshow) worth of material during their European tour. It was not up to the professional quality of the YESYEARS documentary, but it's a good up to the present account of the band now. Since this marks the 35th anniversay of YES, would have been nice to have other interviews from Bruford, Moraz and other Alumni's for historical purposes, but this DVD set focuses on the Band Now.
The production was ok, but there was a problem with the audio mix, especially when the bandmembers spoke with the music in the backround. I had a difficult time articulating the interviews mixed with the music. The backround music was usually too loud. This could have been mixed better. The interviews were good and I especially liked Rick Wakeman's comical approach to life. He gives the band stability and a light-hearted approach to their life on the road. Rick re-counts some good stories as usual. There were also many shots on the tour bus, but Steve was missing from these shots. I believe, if memory serves me correct, that Steve travels in a car, rather than on the tour bus.
All in All, a decent production. If you can find a copy of YesYears the documentary, also check that out. It contains much more archival footage of the band including interviews with Bill Bruford as well. I'd still recommend this video as well, since we still have no biographical account called, with the exception of Rick's book entitled "Say Yes" so this is a good substitute for now.
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Whereas _YesYears_ from 1991 was a comprehensive album-by-album account of the history of Yes up until that point, _Yesspeak_ centers more around the "Classic Yes" lineup of Anderson, Squire, Howe, Wakeman, and White. Therefore, don't expect a lot of time dedicated to the 80s and early/mid 90s. The focus really is more on their European tour last year, and what makes up Yes in the year 2004. What makes up Yes is the individual members -- and they are presented in very pleasant detail. While a hardcore fan might not learn anything new (yet, they might), it really is enjoyable to just sit back and watch the guys in relaxed environments and on the road. It reminded me of something you would see on A&E or the Biography Channel and get caught up in watching the whole thing from beginning to end. Clips from the European Tour are presented here and sound/look great--I'm sure a full-length concert DVD with this lineup will be made available in the next two years. A full concert performance is only presented in *audio* format on Disc Two - so don't expect a full-length concert DVD with live performances. However, as a hardcore fan, I really enjoyed watching the documentary, and as soon as it was over, I couldn't wait to listen to the audio concert on Disc Two. I really recommend this DVD!
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As an earlier reviewer stated, I am a huge Yes fan--have been since January 1972--and always will be. I've seen them 9 times in concert over the last 3 decades and will continue to attend their concerts until they fold up their tents. Jon Anderson is one of my musical idols, up there with people as diverse as Bruce Cockburn, Jonn Serrie & Neil Young. I have every Yes DVD that I know of, and this, fellow Yes fanatics, is the first one that has left me appalled and infuriated.
Thank God one other reviewer (David Carlin of Philadelphia) was astute enough to notice the UNBELIEVABLY sloppy mix of the interviews with the band playing in the background. It's customary to do this in rockumentaries, and more often than not makes the reviews more intimate & atmospheric. But, whatever DUMBBELL was responsible for the mix of the music & interviews ought to be sued--THE BACKGROUND MUSIC WAS AT TOO HIGH A LEVEL, & FOR MOST OF THE CONTENT OF THE INTERVIEWS, YOU CAN'T HEAR A @#?!#$%&##?! WORD THEY'RE SAYING!!! WHO in the name of All That's Holy was manning the knobs??? Was it director Robert Garofalo, or some intern with no business being at the mixing board? I feel ripped off & betrayed by the group that I have proudly referred to as MY BAND--my NUMBER ONE BAND--over the last 32 years. Why was this poor-quality piece of amateurishness allowed to be released to Yes' fan base????? I think it was during one of Alan White's interview segments that he mentioned Yes' perfectionism (no surprise) and how he & Rick could argue over one wrong note in a given song. Well: This leads me to believe that Jon, Chris, Steve, Rick & Alan did NOT, in fact, view the finished product & instead trusted the producers to do right by them. Pretty tragic.
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I guess I didn't read the cover of this DVD close enough. So that others don't make the same mistake, read closely:
It is a series of interview snippets clustered around small segments of live footage. The interviews were pretty bland and did not flow at all. Most of what each member said was pretty trite - although I thought Alan White's comments were the best.
Why YES would put out a 2-disc DVD and NOT have full songs included is beyond me? This would have worked MUCH better if they had sandwiched the interviews between full-song concert footage.
The track listing of songs are audio-only, but the sound mix on these is utterly terrible. Certain songs start out great (Awaken, Don't Kill The Whales), but when the full band comes in, the bass and drums sound muted and distant - which is a problem with the way this thing was mixed (not the performance).
Save you money. This one is a dog.
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