'Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman - Live'
(Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman / Blu-ray / NR / 2018 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: In 2016, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman brought together their incredible talents and long experience of working in Yes to take to the road for a series of concerts celebrating Yes’ musical legacy of the seventies, eighties and nineties.
Blu-ray Verdict: Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman toured first in North America and then brought their live show to the UK in early 2017, including this performance captured at the Manchester Apollo.
If truth be told, and whether you are a devoted fan of Yes, of prog, or of great music, in general, the band are in quite superb form here in front of a sell-out crowd who are clearly loving every minute of the show.
The musical force of bringing these prog Gods together, under the same roof, for the same set of tour dates, allowing them to create and free flow through their very own musical history, must have been a sight to have beheld, that's for sure.
Joining Jon Anderson (vocals, guitar, harp), Trevor Rabin (guitar, vocals), and Rick Wakeman (keyboards - and who was the only performer dressed as if it were actually the '70s!) were both Lee Pomeroy (bass), and Lou Molino III (drums) and together, this quintet of quality musicians gently eased them melodic way through 12 incredible songs.
Blu-ray Track Listing:
1. 'Intro / Cinema / Perpetual Change'
2. 'Hold On'
3. 'I've Seen All Good People: (I) Your Move (II) All Good People'
4. 'Lift Me Up'
5. 'And You & I (I) Cord Of Life (II) Eclipse (III) The Preacher, The Teacher (IV) Apocalypse'
6. 'Rhythm Of Love'
7. 'Heart Of The Sunrise'
9. 'Long Distance Runaround / The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)'
11. 'Make It Easy / Owner Of A Lonely Heart'
12. 'Roundabout '
Beginning with an Intro that leads into an instrumental cut 'Cinema' that segue ways into the incredible polyrhythms of 'Perpetual Change,' warming the crowd up doesn't take long as bathed under hellfire red and orange glows one minute, soft blue and purple hues the next, Anderson's crystal clear cut vocals are a testament to just how incredible a performer he still is today.
'Hold On' is an obvious fan favorite here and that's backed seamlessly by one of my own personal loves, 'I've Seen All Good People: (I) Your Move (II) All Good People.' 'Lift Me Up' is still as joyous a track to hear today as it was back in 1991, and that's followed by the stunning opus quartet: 'And You & I (I) Cord Of Life (II) Eclipse (III) The Preacher, The Teacher (IV) Apocalypse.'
The amazing 'Rhythm Of Love' is a track that once you close your eyes, wherever you first heard it you are immediately transported back to and that's followed by both the beautiful 'Heart Of The Sunrise' and the thunderous mainstream hit from their 90125 album, 'Changes.'
From their Fragile album of 1971 comes 'Long Distance Runaround' a song about Anderson's own encounters with religious hypocrisy, which here, as always, they include into the musical wonderment the ambiance of 'The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus).'
'Awaken' is then backed by 'Make It Easy / Owner Of A Lonely Heart,' which, of course, and as much as the fans might not overly enjoy Yes' '90s rock makeover, they do treat as a guilty pleasure still to hear live, before ending with a sterling 'Roundabout.'
With every single musician on stage smiling, laughing, rocking out with carefree abandonment, 'Yes - Live at The Apollo: 50th Anniversary' is a true testament to a band that, in this incarnation, can still perform their hits live as if it were the very first time for them.
Eagle Rock Entertainment has officially announced that it will also release 'Yes - Live at The Apollo: 50th Anniversary' as a 2CD and wondrous 3LP set.