Fireworks

CD Reviews

YES - 'In The Present - Live From Lyon' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/3d/0a/0a/1848_yesinthepresentlivefromlyon_1326137017.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     January 09, 2012    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
5440   0   1   0   0   0

As good as this release is, there's nothing really new on offer.

I have to admit to being a little non-plussed by and cynical about this release because, as good as it is, there's nothing really new on offer and therefore it can only be seen as an exercise in getting the band's fans to buy the same thing one more time.

Like Journey, Yes have found themselves a replacement vocalist from a tribute band, consequently Benoît David sounds, for the most part, uncannily like Jon Anderson throughout this two CD collection and therefore doesn't bring any of his own personality to the songs. It will be of greater interest to me to see the band on the tour in support of the 'Fly From Here' album, on which I felt David tried not be a clone of their former singer and of course got to put his stamp on the new material.

Also, I can't help but think that the set list is rather predictable with all the old chestnuts being delivered in very fine style but all of which have appeared on various live releases put out over the years. I'd have thought that a better option would be to wait for the aforementioned tour when presumably they will inject some of the new songs into the shows and therefore providing some variation. Needless to say, the performances are pretty close to flawless, as you'd expect from a band of this pedigree and Oliver Wakeman does a fine job of recreating his father's inimitable keyboard flurries. Mind you, I certainly could have done without Alan White's drum solo during 'Astral Traveller'. He's a great drummer so it's no reflection on his playing but drum solos are almost without exception dull as dish water. Steve Howe (guitars) and Chris Squire (bass) are still masters of their craft, although I'm rather surprised they didn't do a studio repair of what I assume to be Squire's attempt at singing Lennon's 'Give Peace a Chance' during 'I've Seen All Good People', which is horribly out of tune.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


The points of particular interest for Yes fans will be the inclusion of 'Onward' from the 'Tormato' album, which sounds a little pedestrian in its delivery, in my opinion they're better with up tempo tracks, and two songs from the 'Drama' album, namely 'Tempus Fugit' and 'Machine Messiah'. Of course, that album had Trevor Horne as vocalist so here we get to hear how these songs would have sounded had Anderson still been in the band and taken that role.

As a bonus the album comes with DVD content, that I've not seen, which includes interviews and footage from the show featuring the ubiquitous 'Roundabout' and the aforementioned 'Machine Messiah'.

I suspect that dyed in the wool Yes fans will be at the front of the queue to spend their money on obtaining this release but for the casual observer I can't see the attraction. I think I'll stick to 'Yessongs'.

Gary Marshall 

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  May 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
      1  2  3
  4  5  6  7  8  910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 1 week ago
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
  • Berny : @el nowy: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. Pls. check your mail!
  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site