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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Gig review: Yes, Glasgow

Prog rock veterans Yes played not just one classic album, but three of their best-loved LPs

For their latest live flourish, prog rock veterans Yes are playing not just one classic album, but three of their best-loved LPs in one sitting. Given their reputation for musical excess, the wonder was that the time actually flew by in their engaging company.

YES - Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow

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Always musical outsiders, they reeled in the faithful from the first bars of Close To The Edge, its weird, exotic frisson stemming from the precise and true guitar work of Steve Howe (the professor of prog), the fluidity of the rhythms, tightly woven time signature changes, haunting harmonies and baroque organ.

New vocalist Jon Davison appeared to be channelling original frontman Jon Anderson sonically, visually and spiritually with his benign hippy presence and sweet falsetto tone, but really came into his own when he had a melody to bite down on. He found his mojo on the title track of Going For The One and Wonderous Stories, turning in a subtly shamanic performance. Awaken was a mighty psychedelic summons, guest-starring Chris Squire’s magnificently ostentatious triple-necked bass.

Union (Standard DVD)
DVD - £9.99

Union (2CD)
2CD - £7.99

Rock Of The 70's
DVD - £12.99

The Lost Broadcasts
DVD - £7.99

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