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Episode 176 – Like It Is – Yes at The Bristol Hippodrome – Part 1

Like It Is
CD/DVD purchased 2014

I’ve finally found time to listen to the latest release from Yes –  Like It Is – Yes at The Bristol Hippodrome. This week I concentrate on the CD of Going for the One.

  • What does Jon Davison sound like when recorded live with the band?
  • Does Geoff Downes simplify Wakeman lines significantly and does it matter?
  • How is Billy Sherwood’s mixing?

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

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4 replies on “Episode 176 – Like It Is – Yes at The Bristol Hippodrome – Part 1”

Spot this week’s deliberate mistake – Awaken “church organ, timbales and harp section” surely “church organ, crotales and harp”

From your review, Kevin, it sounds like this is an album worth getting. I’ve avoided most of the live albums of the past 20 years as they’ve seemed a bit of a cynical milking of the loyal Yes fan with nothing much in return.

For a moment, when the CD started, I thought I was listening to Jon Anderson. Davison certainly has a similar range. But where Anderson’s was always effortless, Davison’s is a little thin and a bit strained. But he’s still quite good! The biggest difference is the Jon Anderson has just a touch of grit in his voice, almost bluesy. None of the other Yes singers have had that.

The band sounds a bit laggardly at times. I can understand if they have to play more slowly now then they did in their 20s, but the passion is lacking.

It is great to hear Parallels again! I remember hearing it live at Madison Square Garden in NYC in 1977 for the Going for the One tour. Incredible opening to a amazing show!

Thanks for the comment! I do see what you mean about the band today but I still maintain the concert I went to last year was just as enjoyable as any other and possibly more so. Amazing they can still do it!

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