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Episode 165 – Union Live Part 2

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

The one hundred and sixty-fifth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring disc 2 of the Union Live CD.

  • There are solos – are they any good?
  • Is this version of Awaken the best ever?
  • What’s the overall verdict?

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

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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

12 replies on “Episode 165 – Union Live Part 2”

I must say I really enjoyed all of your analogies of the show I don’t believe the two cd set really gives this work the real feel of this show however I do remember Jon not really being able to speak after the show.
Great show Kevin another great performance by you !


You observe very astutely that “Saving My Heart” seems to be devoid of a solo. If you watch the concert on DVD, Trevor Rabin’s guitar gave out just as he switched to electric for the solo. Rabin actually has to wait for the tech to solve the problem, as Steve does his best to improvise some guitar leads and rescue the song. I recall hearing in the early 1990s this was the primary reason the concert was never released following the tour. I don’t know if Trevor finally changed his mind, or his right to veto finally expired, but it may be the reason we had to wait 18 years to hear/see it. You can see the clip here. Things go awry at 5:05:

Thought you would find that interesting…

Good stuff Kevin…yeah i find disc two a little harder to listen to then disc 1 mainly because of all the solo spots. Watching the concert though is a different story as you can see the performance and sometimes some added entertainment like the road crew marching being Trevor during saving my love. Got to love those beer cases on their heads. The Hammond solo on Roundabout is Wakeman by the way. I have fond memories of this tour. Yes played at the Sky dome here in Toronto and it was my first time seeing them live. Great performance. On a humorous note I remember at the end of the show a very drunk person sitting 3 rows above me refusing to leave until the band played Close to the Edge. Haha of course it wasn’t on the set list…i wonder how long it took his friends to get him out of there. Looking forward to the next episode.

Terrific show, Kevin! As usual, your narrative was informative and fascinating. I hope to hear more from that Mychael Blackwell Patrick. I will tweet you soon.

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