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Distributor: Bayside Record Dist.
Notes: This release from BMG Special Products repackages and re-edits the live material from Yes' 1996 reunion set Keys to Ascension. The live performance took place in San Luis Obispo, CA, and featured Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, and Alan White. Steve Howe's classical guitar version of "Onward" is a standout, as is the inclusion of the Paul Simon tune "America." ~ Johnny Loftus
The longest-running prog-rock group in the business, Yes flew on the strength of Jon Anderson's high, angelic voice and the group's instrumental virtuosity. The band began in England, rising from the ashes of pop-psych outfits like Tomorrow, Bodast, and Mabel Greer's Toyshop. Extending the technical facility of psychedelia and downplaying the trippiness, it helped forge the template for progressive rock and reigned as its most popular practitioners in the '70s. Over the years, Yes has weathered personnel changes, lawsuits, and changing public tastes while holding on to its original vision.
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