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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Yes revives the sounds of two beloved albums

The songs for most of Thursday night’s show at the Midland theater were composed more than 40 years ago.
And most of the nearly 1,500 people in the place knew them by heart.
The English progressive-rock band Yes was in Kansas City, and for most of its two-hour show, it performed two of its more beloved albums, each in its entirety. Between the albums they dropped in two new songs. And during the encore, for good measure, they performed two of their premium standards.
Yes opened with the “Close to the Edge” album, but this evening it would be played in reverse order, starting with “Siberian Khatru.” For the most part, songs were performed the way they were recorded.
Occasionally a twist was added, such as Chris Squire’s brief harmonica interlude on “And You and I.”
This version of Yes comprises longtime members Squire on bass, Steve Howe on guitar and Alan White on drums, plus Geoff Downes on an array of keyboards and Jon Davison, lead vocalist since 2012. Davison’s voice bears a close resemblance to a 1970s version of Yes’ founding lead singer, Jon Anderson, who left the band in 2008. A few times the resemblance was uncanny.
The band played beneath a triptych of video screens, with images including rudimentary graphics and several Roger Dean illustrations. A primitive but effective light show also embellished the visuals. And there were plenty of instrumental fireworks all night.
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