Friday, 18 January 2013

ABWH: Dutch review

Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe were a project of Jon Anderson (vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar), Bill Bruford (drums, percussion), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and Steve Howe (lead guitar), who all played together in Yes in the early seventies. They recorded one eponymous album in 1989 (see review) and now Gonzo Multimedia released a vintage concert of these four music icons available as a Deluxe edition on two CDs and a DVD. The four musicians were 'assisted' by Tony Levin (bass), Julian Colbeck (keyboards) and Milton McDonald (guitar). 

The double-CD contains sixteen songs of which nine are classic Yes tracks. In my opinion the best tracks on this album are Close To The EdgeLong Distance Runaround and Starship Trooper. The rest of the set list consists of pieces from the 
ABWH album of which Order Of The Universe and Brother Of Mine are the highlights. Furthermore you can watch solo spots from all musicians of which The Clap and Mood For A Day by Steve Howe are the most tiresome. The keyboard solo of Rick Wakeman is okay, but the drum and the bass solo are again not of my liking. This is all so 'seventies'! Moreover, I can't listen to Roundabout anymore as it has been featured far too often on Yes live albums and it has been played on the radio too much as well. Besides these points of criticism I still like this album; it's a rather welcome addition to An Evening With Yes Music Plus. The DVD contains a 26-minute documentary recorded by Julian Colbeck about the things that happened before, during and after the gig. 

*** Martien Koolen (edited by Peter Willemsen)

Where to buy?

Live At The NEC
2CD - £11.99

Live at the NEC Deluxe Edition (3 Disc)
2CD1DVD - £19.99

Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe
2CD - £11.99

An Evening of Yes 
CD - £7.99

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