A live concert documentary featuring Yes at the height of their popularity during the 1970's. The film features performances of songs from the classic albums "The Yes Album", "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" as well as a medley from Rick Wakeman's solo album "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" Written by
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'Yessongs', the film, documents performances from shows Yes played at The Rainbow Theater in London on Dec 15 and 16, 1972, during the 'Close to the Edge' tour. The album 'Yessongs' is not the soundtrack of the film, but a record of various performances from the the 'Fragile' and 'Close to the Edge' tours. Only two performances are the same on the album and film: 'Close to the Edge' itself, and 'Wurm', the closing section of 'Starship Trooper'. In select theaters the film was presented in 4-channel sound, and billed as 'quadraphonic', though actually the sound was three front channels and one rear channel rather than true 'quad'. The audio on all VHS, laserdisc and DVD releases of the film as of 2009 has been two-channel stereo. See more »
I love the live album, but the video version sounds much worse. In fact, it almost like a bootleg. It does seem to sound better when they play Close to the Edge. Either that, or you get used to it by that point or the music and performance is so great you forget how bad the sound quality is.
I really wish they recorded more from the soundboard. I don't think Yes ever sounded as good as they did in the 70s, in particular this tour. So much energy and power, and of course, the music is excellent. It's worth watching for that reason alone. But it may take awhile to get past the poor sound quality.
The band performs: I've Seen All Good People Clap And You And I Close to the Edge Excerpts from "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" Roundabout Yours Is No Disgrace Wurm
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