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Meaningful Songs from The Word Is Live – 398

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

Chris Squire in this amazing set
Chris Squire pictured in the booklet of The Word Is Live

This week Mark and I re-visit one of our favourite Yes collections, the box set, The Word Is Live. Hear our personal favourite songs and add your own to the show notes for this week.

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  • What are your favourite recordings from this collection?
  • Do any of them have special meanings for you?
  • What do you think of the packaging?

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  • Jeffrey Crecelius
  • Preston Frazier
  • Bill Govier and
  • Wayne Hall


Aaron Steelman
Dave Owen
Mark James Lang
Paul Tomei
Joost Maglev
David Heyden
Martin Kjellberg
Paul Wilson
Bob Martilotta
Michael O’Connor
Peter Hearnden
Brian Sullivan
David Pannell
Miguel Falcão
Lobate Scarp
Chris Bandini
David Watkinson
Neal Kaforey
Rachel Hadaway
Craig Estenes
Paul Hailes
Mark ‘Zarkol’ Baggs
Doug Curran
Robert Nasir
Fergus Cubbage
Scott Colombo
Fred Barringer
Scott Smith
Geoff Bailie
Simon Barrow
Geoffrey Mason
Stephen Lambe
Guy R DeRome
Steve Dill
Henrik Antonsson
Steve Perry
Hogne Bø Pettersen
Steve Rode
Steve Scott
Jamie McQuinn
Steven Roehr
Ken Fuller
Terence Sadler
Jeremy North
Tim Stannard
Todd Dudley
John Cowan
Tony Handley
John Holden
Joseph Cottrell
John Parry
Keith Hoisington
John Thomson
William Hayes
Barry GorskyMichael Handerhan

Robert and David

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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

4 replies on “Meaningful Songs from The Word Is Live – 398”

Like yourselves I had not played this for a long time. It is without a doubt A MUST HAVE ITEM for the Yes fan.
Well said both of you, the track listing is superb, the cover artwork dreamy and the booklet-book is stunning. Listening to ‘Shoot’ now from it, it’s just brilliant, like being at the show. Turn it up very loud.

Yes, this needs to be in the set next year and I dont see why they couldn’t open with the rarely played Tormato tracks.

Loved it guys on a very interesting music day for me. More goodies to come.

Yes, the best box set – but let me start with my first YES album I bought was…Keys to Accession 1! – I thought all the songs were new as it said on the ‘sticker’ new songs (maybe it said 2 new songs but I didn’t pay attention) so imagine my first version of ‘The Revealing Science of God’ and ‘Awaken’ were all heard here first – which leads me onto my first version of ‘America’ was this – which I love (and still do as I love Chris and Alan’s Groove throughout). So roll on later when I have everything and then buying this great box set, not knowing that Tony had played keyboards in a live version – I have to agree with Mark that the box set is the best version – it is so great hearing Bill/Tony and Steve jam away – something we hardly ever heard. Another favourite if I had to choose a 2nd is ‘The big Medley’ – must have taken a while to work out how to meld them together, and I’m sure most would want them all separate but I love this unique try out……By the way Keven, your intro says (at 7.20) the ‘Talk’ tours?? – I rushed to look at my copy as I haven’t heard any Talk live but think you mean “Big Generator’ tour? – Anyway, great show as always…

I enjoyed this show of course. I’m getting more and more confused about the amount of Yes live recordings currently available. Only a few weeks ago you were discussing this very topic and saying that you thought there were too many and now this! You also made mention of another set, the name of which I don’t remember. All of them sound fascinating. Can we please have a definitive list of official releases of live recordings?

I go back to this box set regularly just hear these fantastic songs played live by these brilliant musicians. One thing to note though is the common feature for ALL of the songs spanning 1970-1988 , the only person to play on them all is Mr Chris Squire.
2 singers, 2 drummers, 3 guitarists, 4 keyboard players ….. and 1 bass player (to lead them all).

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