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4 stars Another live /studio album combination, with the rest of the live recordings from the San Luis Obispo Concerts of March 1996. In this album, the live songs are good, but not better than in the "Keys to Ascension" album. Again, there are very good recordings and mixings, but with some studio overdubs. "Ive seen all good people" has very good vocals, but in the "a capella" vocals of the end of the song Alan White played some extra drums which don`t sound very good to me. "Time and a word" is played with a different arrangement, with Howe playing mandolin and acoustic guitar, Wakeman playing a very good piano solo and a bit of synthesizer, and it sounds like if White played his drums with brushes.This live version of "Going for the one" is not very good as the "Yesshows" version, due to Wakeman only playing the piano in most parts of the song, not playing the synthesizers as in the original version."Close to the Edge" is good, but Alan White`s drums sound "tired" in some parts, but Wakeman shines in this version. "Turn of the Century" sounds like they didn`t rehearse the song enough. It was played with a little bit different arrangement as in the original version, but it still sounds good. Wakeman plays piano in one part originally played on acoustic guitar by Howe, maybe helping Howe to change guitars, and Wakeman`s piano also joins Howe`s acoustic guitar in the end of the song. This live version of "And You and I" is better than the live version of "Yessongs". The studio tracks are very good, particularly "Mind Drive", "Children of Light", and "Sign Language" (this being a keyboards- guitar duet by Wakeman and Howe).
Guillermo | 4/5 |


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