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Yes - Yessongs

Other // Unrated // October 26, 2018
List Price: $19.95 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted December 17, 2018 | E-mail the Author



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Yes Songs Blu-ray Review


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are moments in time when legendary musical performances happen. Yes
Songs
is one of those moments. The film (which follows the
band's
album released under the same name) has extraordinary music
performances by the legendary rock group. It's an electrifying mix of
the band's signature style, wrapped neatly together with care.


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concert has long been considered as a defining moment in the history
of Yes as a band. The film was produced with a
recording of
the performance at the London Rainbow Theatre in 1972. The film was
released theatrically throughout the UK but has long since been
unavailable to fans outside of altogether poor quality bootlegs. For
fans hoping to revisit this performance or to see it for the first
time on home media, this release provides the opportunity to do so.


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live performance release includes the band performing many beloved
songs in the Yes pantheon: I've Seen All Good
People, Clap,
And You and I, Close to the Edge, Excerpts from 6 Wives of Henry
VIII, Roundabout, Yours is No Disgrace, and Starship Trooper.


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can feel the energy and emotion behind every song's performance. The
film has an undeniable rhythmic passage to it which allows audiences
to experience the concert in all it's glory. It's great to hear the
band's stunning performances. The group's commitment to rock music is
on full display: it's thunderous dedication to their art and craft
carries this concert to legendary heights.


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Seen All Good People is a particular favorite of mine; it's one of
the best rock songs ever written. The song is a classic in every
sense of the word. The rich imagery of the songwriting, the rhythmic
backdrop, and the superb vocals blend to form a masterpiece of rock
music. Seeing the band's performance is a real treat for fans of the
band.


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a doubt, any music fan who has ever fancied listening to Yes
will want to give a resounding "YES, please" to this concert film
experience. While it might not be able to match the sheer energy
attending the actual concert in person (anyone have access to a time
machine?), viewing the concert film is the next best thing. You can't
help but be entertained as the music washes over you (exactly as
intended).


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size="3">Video:


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concert film is presented on Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-4 AVC encoded
high definition master. This is the first time the film has been
presented with a higher quality high-def presentation. This is
something that should please dedicated fans who might be more
familiar with low-quality bootleg recordings of the concert. This
release was restored from the the original 16mm camera negatives.
Resolution is significantly better on this Blu-ray release. Although
the film still maintains a certain level of grittiness and softness
which is inherent to 16mm sources the jump in quality is apparent and
impressive.


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won't sugar coat it: the audio on this release is disappointing.
Although the disc is noted as having a brand new 5.1 DTS-HD MA
presentation this is false. No such option exists. Even when
navigating to find the audio track on the menu, the disc has no such
audio mix option available. The only options are a lossy 5.1 Dolby
Digital audio mix and a 2.0 uncompressed PCM stereo track. One would
hope that for an anniversary restoration there would be more of an
effort on the audio front for a concert film. Instead, the audio
quality is scratchy, altogether poor, and lacks strong fidelity. When
comparing the two options, there is a minor uptick in resolution
quality on the 2.0 PCM track but it still sounds as though little
effort was made on restoring the audio track. It's too harsh
sounding. The music itself is terrific but the quality of the audio
definitely underwhelms.




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release includes 4 art-cards featuring art work illustrated by Roger
Dean. These are colorful and inventive pieces of art which are a nice
bonus for the release.


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(HD, 12 min.) is a short film featuring Steve Howe of YES. It's an
interesting musical short film journey which is fascinating to behold
and experience. This feels like a highly experimental piece which
fits the music sensibility of the band perfectly.


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Songs: 40 Years On
(HD, 60 min.) is a new documentary film
about
the concert's significance, featuring interviews with band members
Steve Howe, Roger Dean, and Chris Squire. For those interested in
hearing the band discuss the significance of the concert, it's worth
a look.


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Thoughts:


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Songs
is a excellent performance from a legendary rock band.
For
anyone who has ever enjoyed their music, it's a worthwhile experience
made better with restored picture. Unfortunately, the poor effort on
the audio underwhelms and makes this release less essential and more
preferential.


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Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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