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LIVE IN LA

Trevor Rabin

 

Crossover Prog

3.85 | 8 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars Oh Yes!

Following the release of Can't Look Away, his first solo album since he had joined Yes, Trevor Rabin went on tour to promote the album. On that tour in 1989 this live album was recorded, though it wasn't released until 2003. In addition to songs from Can't Look Away, the solid set list also includes some songs from the two Yes albums that Rabin had contributed to up to that time. From 90125 we get Changes and Owner Of A Lonely Heart and from Big Generator he has chosen Love Will Find A Way. The latter two songs have never been big favourites of mine, but Changes is a great selection. Moreover, snippets of both Make It Easy (a song that was first written and recorded in 1981 but remained unreleased until 1991 when it appeared on the YesYears box set) and Lift Me Up (a song that would later appear in full form on the Union album but was probably not yet completed at the time of this live recording) can be heard here. I love the riff of Lift Me Up which is played at the very opening of this concert leading into the first full track Cover Up. The Make It Easy excerpt is also really strong and introduces Owner Of A Lonely Heart here just like it would do on the Union tour later. The set list is rounded off by a song taken from an earlier Rabin solo album in Heard You Cry Wolf. All of the songs performed were written or co-written by Rabin.

I think that Can't Look Away is a very good album and all the songs they play from it here are very good. The title track is expanded to some 12 minutes and the instrumental Sludge is performed differently from the studio version. The latter sounds almost Prog Metal in this live rendition! The band that backs Rabin up here consists of Lou Molino III on drums, Mark Mancina on keyboards, and Jim Simmons on bass. Rabin himself shines on guitars and vocals.

This is a very good live album and personally I would say that it is better than any of the live recordings that I've heard from Rabin-era Yes (I'm thinking here of 9012 Live and Union Live). It is a real shame that Rabin didn't continue to play live (after he left Yes the second time around) as he had a very good thing going here. I still hope that he would again form a band around himself as strong as the band that he had when this live album was recorded and once more tour the world performing songs from his time in Yes and his best solo material. A set list similar to this one but with further songs added from Union and Talk could really be great.

Live In LA is a perfect companion to Can't Look Away and a good addition to a Yes fan's collection

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |

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