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YES50 Live – first impressions – 392

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

YES50 Live Booklet
YES50 Live Booklet

Mark and I are back this week to a more normal episode where we listen to the new Yes live album and give our views on it. YES50 Live was recorded during the historic YES50 tour and features guest keyboardists Tony Kaye and Patrick Moraz.

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Mark’s photos of Yes50 Live:

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  • Jeffrey Crecelius
  • Preston Frazier
  • VR Hoisington
  • 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

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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

2 replies on “YES50 Live – first impressions – 392”

Another great show, with great reviews of the album. I also enjoyed this album.
I did notice the rushed opening of Awaken. Also, in Close to Edge, the first big organ part is not big. I remember that from the concert as well. The organ is supposed to be powerful and knock you back on your heels at least a bit. It doesn’t. Still everything sounds really good. Billy did a great job with the sound. (But I will definitely turn up the bass for the next listen.) And the package is lovely, too.
It’s what was not there that bugs me a little. On the tour, the band also played Heart of the Sunrise, Does it Really Happen, and Perpetual Change. They played these three songs at both Philly concerts. And, if you look at the set lists, the songs on Yes50 are out of order. So, we don’t get a sense of what the celebration shows were like in terms of song choice or the order they were played. (And, again, if you saw one of the shows, this issue is apparent.) I get that they were trying to fit things on vinyl, but still.
My final grouch is that the Philly concerts were a big deal, with Moraz up there as well as Kaye. I would have liked to hear at least some of the things Steve or Jon said to introduce the songs and the guests. (Once more, if you were at the shows, you know that they talked to the crowd — I especially remember Jon mentioning Chris before Parallels.) And, at the Philly shows, were there any special things said at the end, when 9 or 10 people were on stage? Maybe the banter usually gets edited out, but these were not typical shows.
So, I like what I got. I wish they’d just gone for it and issued 3 CDs (and 4 full LPs?). We’d all purchase it either way. Maybe there will be a concert DVD …?

As Yes live albums go it is a solid B/B+. Good not great. Could possibly have been a more enjoyable and more important in terms of the wider discography as a single cd with the five “warhorses” omitted.

1 x lp live albums were quite common back in the day, possibly more common than the doubles and triples. Sometimes less is more.

The package is fantastic and my greatest source of relief is that the snare is far further back in the mix than it was at the two Palladium shows. That Nile Rodgers / Lets Dance “thwack” isn’t what you want in this context when you’ve grown up with the Bruford “ping”!

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