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ABWH Live at the NEC October 24th 1989 – Part 2 – 209

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ABWH Live with Tony Levin

I finally get a chance to listen to the first disc of this collection. There is also time for another live review from Mark Anthony K and a top ten from Steve Roehr! Add to all this some amazing news about Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman, a press release from Yes and a preview of Dave Watkinson’s new book and it’s a packed episode!

  • How does Levin actually sound?
  • Does the structure of the concert work?
  • What is the ABWH choir like?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!


Show notes and links

Mark Anthony K’s shots of Like It Is:

Rick Wakeman on Radio 2

Preston Frazier’s We Have Heaven review

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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and

10 replies on “ABWH Live at the NEC October 24th 1989 – Part 2 – 209”

Greetings Kevin,

First off…another great podcast. I enjoyed Steve (I hope that was his nane) top 10 list. Excellent work and of course I agree with his number 1 being Relayer.
Your review of the ABWH album was great and reminded me of my thoughts and feelings of this type of show when I watched it on YouTube. I have to agree that the way they started the show works much better when you are there in person..not so much on album. Also I find that Steve would have done himself a favor if he would have done a few different pieces rather then the standard Yes ones. This was a different project of sorts…why not take advantage. Once the band is all playing together I feel they are in fine form although I still think Chris is sorely missing. As much as I love Tony Levin. .his style of playing and tone doesn’t suit this music as much I feel. Oh and Rick also played a bunch of usual pieces for his solo segment…i believe some Henry and possibly Arthur pieces (I think he may have done a bit of Merlin. memory is failing me at the moment. But in any case this is still a great album but the video version I feel is more enjoyable. Keep up the great work.


Thanks Mark! Great to hear you your opinions are close to what I noticed. I bet it really was much better in person…

Hey Kevin,

Great episode, as usual! I have a trivial correction: the acoustic guitar on Jon’s opening medley is played by Milton McDonald. Julian Colebeck was the keyboard player. I do hope you don’t mind when I do this. 🙂

And, yes, the liner notes were taken from the tour book. I no longer have mine, but recall it fondly!

I know the obvious connection between the Yes world and David Bowie is Rick Wakeman playing on Life on Mars & Space Oddity but there is another one… and it is another keyboard player… Tony Kaye played on David Bowie’s “Station To Station” tour band back in 1976 …sometimes known as the Isolar tour as proof there are some great photos here

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