The Word Is Live

The Word Is Live

by YesYes

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Overview

Throughout their 35-plus-year career, Yes have always treated the concert stage as both a playground and a laboratory, reshaping and revivifying their music just about every night. This three-disc box, which showcases the differing personalities of the group's multiple lineups over the years, brings together nearly four hours of live performances, capturing the earliest flowerings of their classical-rock hybrid as well as the sharpened pop-rock hooks of their late-'80s period. In addition to soaring versions of favorites like "Yours Is No Disgrace" and "I've Seen All Good People," the collection's first disc spotlights the developing band's uncanny knack for putting their imprint on a wide array of cover tunes. The intricate interplay of their take on Paul Simon's "America" is well known, but just as impressive is their languid, loving rendition of "It's Love" (culled, rather surprisingly, from the catalog of blue-eyed soul pioneers the Rascals). Disc 2 finds the band at the summit of their improvisational skills, particularly on pieces like "Siberian Khatru," on which guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Rick Wakeman trade off solos with abandon, and "Sound Chaser," transformed into a wild ride by vocalist Jon Anderson. Diehards will no doubt be particularly hypnotized by a 25-minute, six-part segment dubbed "The Big Medley," which clearly wowed the Los Angeles crowd, judging by the cheers greeting every turn in these grooves. The Word Is Live's final disc is a bit more schizophrenic, as it covers a full decade (and a number of internal changes). At the onset -- as borne out by the epic "Awaken," led by Wakeman's medieval organ -- Yes were still in full-on prog mode, but as the disc develops, a more song-oriented focus emerges, via tunes like "Shoot High Aim Low" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart." For fans of Yes -- or anyone with a more cerebral take on rock -- Live is a four-letter word well worth uttering.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2005
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227823429
catalogNumber: 78234

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yes   Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman   Keyboards
Jon Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Peter Banks   Guitar
Bill Bruford   Drums
Steve Howe   Guitar,Vocals
Trevor Rabin   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Squire   Bass,Vocals
Patrick Moraz   Keyboards
Alan White   Drums
Geoffrey Downes   Keyboards
Trevor Horn   Vocals
Tony Kaye   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Rick Wakeman   Composer
Bill Bruford   Composer
Steve Howe   Composer
Trevor Rabin   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Chris Squire   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Patrick Moraz   Composer
Roger Dean   Cover Painting,Logo Design
Greg Lake   Liner Notes
Greg Allen   Booklet Design
Eddie Brigati   Composer
Felix Cavaliere   Composer
Geoffrey Downes   Composer
John Frusciante   Liner Notes
Jeff Griffin   Producer
Trevor Horn   Composer
Tim Jones   Liner Notes
Tony Kaye   Composer
Geddy Lee   Liner Notes
Duncan Sheik   Liner Notes
David Landry   Liner Notes
Martyn Dean   Cover Design
Brian Ives   Liner Notes
Doug Gottlieb   Liner Notes
Mike Tiano   Liner Notes
Ted Canty   Liner Notes
David Couch   Liner Notes
Bob Hagger   Liner Notes
Dovovan Louis Mayne Nicholls   Liner Notes
Doctor Mark Puskar   Liner Notes
Michele Wechsler   Liner Notes
Bill Martin   Liner Notes

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The Word Is Live 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent compilation of Yes music recorded live. Its worth the cost just for the live Sound Chaser.