Fireworks

DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

YES - 'Like It Is: At The Mesa Arts Center' http://mail.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/f8/ae/d3/Yes-Like-It-Is-At-The-Mesa-Arts-Center-83-1450212803.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 15, 2015    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
8718   0   1   0   0   0

Featuring Chris Squire, this is a fine performance/legacy for the man who co-formed Yes in 1968 and played on every album.

Yes was my first love as a (Progressive) Rock band when I discovered them almost thirty-five years ago and Chris Squire immediately became, and will always remain, my favourite bass player. When I heard that he had passed away a few weeks ago after a very short illness, I was devastated and, if I am truthful, I am still coming to terms with the fact that the world has lost such an innovative and imposing musician. This live 2CD/DVD set was recorded in Phoenix (Squire's home city for the last few years) in August last year and what we get is full album renditions of two Prog classics in 'Close To The Edge' and 'Fragile'.

The live sound is clear and well produced. Steve Howe effortlessly switches from acoustic to lead to steel guitar on 1972's title track 'Closer To The Edge'. Geoff Downes competently covers the keyboard parts (however he is no Rick Wakeman) and Squire's bass booms out of the speakers in all the right places. Jon Davison sounds like Jon Anderson but also adds his own stamp whilst Howe and Squire's harmony vocals complement his performance. 'And You And I' has plenty of steel guitar from Howe and it is played beautifully by the band. The last of the three tracks on the first half, 'Siberian Khatru', comes across powerfully with Howe in particular shining. The band deservedly receives a standing ovation at the end of the song and first of the two albums.

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


'Roundabout' kicks of the part two as the band head off into 1971's 'Fragile' and the Arizona locals are on their feet having a boogie! Downes dons a pair of spectacles during 'Cans And Brahms' so that he can read the music on his laptop. To be fair, this is a complex piece and there aren't too many keyboardists who would be able to perform Wakeman's solo and Downes does an admirable job. 'We Have Heaven' has very clever harmonies with Davison also playing acoustic guitar and the following 'South Side Of The Sky' is atmospheric and in parts haunting; here we see the band in full flow and even drummer Alan White springs to life. 'Five Per Cent For Nothing' was originally Bill Bruford's solo contribution on 'Fragile' and it is another complex piece; unfortunately it does not transfer across very well live. 'Long Distance Runaround' on the other hand sounds fresh and vibrant with solo flurries from Howe and Squire and this neatly runs into Squire's signature tune 'The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)'. Again we have great harmony vocals and the big man plays his bass as if he was on lead guitar – what a star... and it receives another well-deserved standing ovation. 'Heart Of The Sunrise' majestically completes the show and finally we have some decent lighting (why didn't they ask Roger Dean to design the stage set?). If I have one minor quibble, why not include the songs that made up the full show as bonus tracks?

But that aside, this is more than likely the last live show that was recorded for release featuring Squire and is a fine performance/legacy for the man who co-formed Yes in 1968 and played on every album. On a personal note, I want to close by saying a huge public thank you to Chris Squire for providing us with almost fifty years of awesome music and memories which will live on forever.

Az Chaudhry

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

<<  October 2021  >>
 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: 3 weeks, 5 days ago
  • Berny : RIP Alan Lancaster! :(
  • Berny : @Barneypippa: I forwarded your mail to the Fireworks team. You should receive a reply asap.
  • Barneypippa : My magazine (#96) hasnt arrived yet - should have been here last week
  • Rocktopia Te : @bakerstreetish: Pls. check your email for download instructions.
  • bakerstreeti : Hi, I just bought digital download #96. How will I be able to receive/access it? First time on this site. Thanks!
  • zom414 : Have they been posted out yet? Not received mine yet but may have the release date wrong!
  • Johns Band : Received glossy Fireworks 96 and one of best ever. I am still looking at pictures and "Revisit The Gods AOR Festive" should be great. Probably get download from issue 101 to save on space & it is read to me from audio voice. Already got Robben Ford Instrumental album "Pure" great stuff & Freddy King singing & guitar I love, so Bernie Marsden new album I will have on Amazon Prime. If you are into 70's Rock then new Help Yourself 6 CD Boxset + info will be good for you plus expert to pay no more
  • Berny : Fireworks #96 is out now! :)
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Pls. check your email!
  • Paul wiv : I have paid for issue 92 but it hasn't downloaded yet.
  • Berny : @Adamson: Bitte kontaktiere mich direkt, meine Mailadresse lautet «email»
  • Adamson : kann man hier auch auf Deutsch schreiben? denn ich hätte eine Frage?
  • KI2000 : Wow, issue #95 has to be the BEST one so far. Congratulations guys!!
  • Hysteria : GREAT MAGAZINE! Keep on rockin' guys!!!
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #95 is out now!
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Many thanks for your purchase, pls. check your mail.
  • Paul wiv : I have bought issue 89 on download but it has not appeared on my account
  • Berny : @pomper: BOTH of your mails were forwarded to the Fireworks Team, please contact me directly at «email» should you still haven’t received a reply.
  • bpomper : trying to confirm my fireworks 94 order with no answer from team rocktopia??
  • bpomper : i ordered fireworks number 94 but never got a conformation other than my paypal receipt. can you confirm it went out. i have transaction id if you need it
  • Berny : @ALL: Should you have any questions about your Fireworks orders, pls. contact me directly at «email»
  • Berny : Hi @Stuey6666: You are using two user names on Rocktopia. All current orders were assigned to your second account, pls. check your mail again.
  • Stuey6666 : Hi Berny - ordered 4 issues last week - still not arrived - have checked spam etc not there. cheers stu
  • Berny : @Adolfo: I've also just sent you the magazine via WeTransfer. But please check you junk mail folder, the mail was definitely sent earlier today.
  • Berny : Hi @Adolfo: Have you already checked your spam folder? If the mail cannot be found, pls. contact me at «email»
  • Adolfo : «email»
  • Adolfo : My e - mail
  • Adolfo : I don't have any e - mail.
  • Berny : @Adolfo: Pls. check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • Adolfo : I have order the #94 but I can't find the download

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