YES ‘Yes 50 Live’ – 2CD


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One for the true enthusiYESts, Yes 50 Live is a definitive retrospective and celebration of one of the most ambitious and virtuosic progressive rock bands in history. It was recorded on the US leg of their 50th anniversary tour, with a majority of the album coming from two dates at The Fillmore in Philadelphia on July 20th and 21st 2018.

The track listing on this 2-disc collection is a great representation of their 50-year catalogue, and with superb sound quality, it’s like being there all over again. The live performances on Yes 50 Live seamlessly weave together several eras from the band’s past with songs from 10 different studio albums recorded between 1970 and 2011. Naturally, the collection highlights some of the group’s most important music, including “Starship Trooper,” from The Yes Album (1971), “Roundabout” from Fragile (1971) and the title track from Close to the Edge (1972).  What makes this collection even more extraordinary is the number of band members who are featured. At the shows where much of the album was recorded, 10 members of Yes were on stage during the encore: current members Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Alan White, Billy Sherwood and Jon Davison and Jay Schellen, plus (former members) Tony Kaye, Patrick Moraz, Tom Brislin and Trevor Horn.

The CD also comes with an eight-page booklet that includes photographs from the tour taken by the Gottlieb Brothers.