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Yes

Live at Taste of Chicago, July 8th, 2000

Review by Gary Hill

A true dream come true for Yes fans, the Masterworks Yes tour featured three, count 'em, three epics. They included two seldom played gems. The band opened with "Close to the Edge". Although this one has made its appearance fairly recently, it is always a pleasure to hear it again. Add to that the power of "Gates of Delirium" and "Ritual", and you have a wonderous story indeed. The group included other tracks to fill out the balance of the show, but interesting avoided the Trevor Rabin era entirely, not even playing "Owner of a Lonely Heart".

Steve Howe's guitar work brought "Gates.." to life in screaming fashion while one of the highlights of the show was a rhythmic extravaganza built into "Ritual". During this percussion segment, Howe left the stage and the remaining four members of the band all took to percussion instruments simulataneously pounding out the same rhythms. The effect was stunning.

If the show left this reviewer wanting in any department, it was that Billy Sherwood was missed. Sherwood, who recently left the band, really did add a depth to the sound, both instrumentally and vocally, that I found myself missing. However, the show was a definite "two-thumbs-up." nonetheless.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: The Early Years Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.


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