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Episode 179 – Like It Is – Yes at The Bristol Hippodrome – Part 4

The great Chris Squire
The great Chris Squire
Like It Is
CD/DVD purchased 2014

This week I watch the second part of the DVD from  Like It Is – Yes at The Bristol Hippodrome. This is the whole of The Yes Album.

  • Does Downes’ playing look as good as it sounds?
  • How is A Venture approached?
  • What else can we learn about the musicians from seeing them rather than hearing them?

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

Show links and notes

Photographs by Bob Mantin from Westbury 2014

Chris Squire announcement

Like It Is part 2

Progeny review from Sid Smith

BBC Radio 2 programme on Prog

Ben Craven Interview

Preston Frazier on Sweetness


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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 179 – Like It Is – Yes at The Bristol Hippodrome – Part 4”

I am saddened to hear of Chris Squire’s illness. I wish him a speedy recovery.

I have tickets to see the band in August. While I have accepted (and even embraced) the recent changes in lead singers, I find it hard to picture the band on stage without Chris.

Get well, and get back on stage!

I have yet to purchase the “Like It Is” collection. I decided way back when it was announced that a second volume would
be released, to wait until both are available, so I could hear (and see) the entire Three-Album show as originally
presented (albeit spread out over two shows).

Regarding the comments about “milking the fans”….the complete package is quite low-priced for a 3-disc
package containing 2 CD’s and a DVD. Second, any number of factors could be responsible for the exclusion of CTTE
from the Bristol package (not the least being the possibility that the performance of CTTE from the soon-to-be-
released Mesa show is better than the one from Bristol). Even if they released both complete shows, there would still be complaints of “milking the fans”, because the price of Vol. 1 would have been considerably higher, combined with
the fact of having 2 versions of CTTE released in short succession.

I don’t think anyone can deny that the quality of the band’s output isn’t at the same level as it was 20 years ago.
Acceptance of this fact comes with the territory of remaining a fan after 35 years (my first Yesshow was in 1979).

It is about dedication, committment……and being willing to give something back to a band that has released 35
albums and performed 2714 concerts over a 47-year career. In a way, this is the best time to be a fan, because
we finally get to give something back in return for everything we’ve received.

Great comment Carl. As a relative newcomer, it’s great to hear your thoughts about the band we all love. Jon Anderson has always said that now is the best time to experience all Yes has to offer – in the present moment. After all, the time is now and the word is love.

I was watching this part of the DVD this morning, whilst ironing (I’m a domestic god) with my 10 year old daughter who got into Yes when hearing “Fly From Here” on y car CD player. “Yours is No Disgrace” had just finished and Steve Howe was preparing for “Clap”.
“Oh, look!” said my daughter. “He’s changed to autistic guitar”.
There may be a grain of of truth in that malapropism.

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