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Episode 164 – Union Live Part 1

Christmas @yesofficial haul part 3 Union Live #prog #progrock #yestheband
2 CD set purchased 2014

The one hundred and sixty-forth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring disc 1 of the Union Live CD.

  • 8 Yes men on the stage together?
  • Is the sound far too cluttered?
  • How do musicians not on the original tracks make their presence known?

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

Show links and notes

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Miguel Falcao Rhythm of Love bass cover

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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

6 replies on “Episode 164 – Union Live Part 1”

I was lucky enough to see the Union tour in the round at Wembley Arena in June ’91. Not being so aware of all the politics around the album at the time, imagine the thrill of seeing all these guys on stage at one time. An amazing (the ultimate?) version of Awaken closed out the gig. A great memory.

I was lucky enough to see this show …
Loved it although I do remember some awkward moments on the stage with Steve and Trevor however and I cannot stress this enough having those musicians on the stage all playing the music that means so much to so many was a absolute joy!
This concert is available on you tube…could not resit ……….

Awaken was for sure a moment to remember for sure!….
I was even lucky enough to go back stage after the show I thought all the members were coming back however only Jon showed up and there were at least 30 people there and a few little kids so Jon being Jon went right up to the kids which I thought was pretty cool …

Loved the show Kevin as always ..

can’t wait till next week



So many stories – so little time! The world of Yes is such an amazing place! Thanks for the comment as always, Paul.

I was also at one of the the Wembley shows in ’91, Ken. I tend to have only vague memories of gigs but two things stand out in my mind from this one – how surprised I was at how well they all managed to work together on stage without getting in each others’ ay (musically speaking) and all those electonic drums Mr Bruford was playing (I particularly remember the intro to “Lift Me Up” which began with those). I’m not much f a fan of electronic drums, but within this context it worked.

Yes, Tim, Bruford was so far ahead of his time with those electronic drums. I think only someone of his ability could have made the early synthesised sounds work at all in a band context – rather like Wakeman’s early keyboards!

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