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Live in Toronto, August, 2001

Review by Gary Hill

Yes brought its symphonic show to Toronto on the 28th of August. They started off the show with a rousing rendition of Close To The Edge, giving us our first taste of the melding of the band and orchestra. This cut is one of the most symphonic of the group's music, so seemed a great choice to start the show. It really took on a new life in this format, seeming to finally reach its destiny. The group continued the show running through a variety of material from the past and future. They did two songs from the upcoming Magnification album. The songs were Don't Go and In The Presence Of. Don't Go comes across as rather pop oriented and a little average, but In The Presence Of is a very strong number. It leads off with Alan White playing piano, a nice change of pace. The entire group, White, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire and side man Tom Brislin all put in great performances. The seldom performed enchanting Wonderous Stories was a nice surprise in the show. Among other classics played by the group were Gates of Delirium, Long Distance Runaround, Ritual and Perpetual Change. The orchestra for the most part worked well, but sometimes came across a bit chaotic. The group also did part of the show without the orchestral support. Yes are planning to come around again next year in the same format doing more of the new album. It should be interesting.

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