Yes Keys to Ascension

Yes Keys to Ascension
In 1996, the most revered Yes line-up ― Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Alan White ― met in California to record new material and host three historic concerts in San Luis Obispo. This four-CD/one-DVD set features the double-disc Keys to Ascension, plus the Keys DVD in a single package, swathed in the original Roger Dean artwork. The concert recordings include their most popular selections ("Roundabout," "I've Seen All Good People," "America," "Starship Trooper"), as well as long-time fan favourites ("Siberian Khatru," "The Revealing Science of God," "Going for the One," "And You and I"). The band play an especially magical "Time and a Word" and "Close to the Edge," with Wakeman nailing every note and White offering dazzling drum fills in all the right places. The 1996 studio tracks are a mixed bag: the must-hear "Mind Drive," first hashed out by XYZ (Squire and White with Jimmy Page) in 1981, and the 19-minute "That, That Is" capture the band's classic early '70s vibe, while "Children of Light" and "Foot Prints" lean more towards their modern sound chronicled on 1991's Union and 1994's Talk. The DVD's song selection, interspersed with nature scenes and other graphics, is fan-driven and solid, though the double-image camera work is dated by today's standards. However, not enough time is spent on each member's fingers or faces during solos; Wakeman's spotty history of band participation should've warranted more than merely wide-angle shots. The epic "Mind Drive" is worth the price alone, but this reissue is intended for fans that missed Keys the first time around. (Proper)