- Format: DVD, Live, NTSC
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Eagle Rock
- DVD Release Date: 7 September 2018
- Run Time: 111 minutes
- Customer Reviews: 328 customer ratings
- ASIN: B07DV8WT5Z
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Live At The Apollo
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In 2016, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman brought together their incredible talents and long experience of working in Yes to take to the road for a series of concerts celebrating Yes’ musical legacy of the seventies, eighties and nineties. Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman toured first in North America and then brought their live show to the UK in early 2017, including this performance captured at the Manchester Apollo. The band are in superb form in front of a sell-out crowd who are clearly loving every minute of the show which includes classic tracks such as Roundabout, Owner Of A Lonely Heart, And You And I, Hold On, Heart Of The Sunrise, Rhythm Of Love, I’ve Seen All Good People and many more.
Jon Anderson (vocals, guitar, harp); Trevor Rabin (guitar, vocals); Rick Wakeman (keyboards)
With Lee Pomeroy (bass) and Lou Molino III (drums)
Blu-ray Track Listing
1. Intro / Cinema / Perpetual Change
2. Hold On
3. I've Seen All Good People : (i) Your Move (ii) All Good People
4. Lift Me Up
5. And You & I (i) Cord Of Life (ii) Eclipse (iii) The Preacher, The Teacher (iv) Apocalypse
6. Rhythm Of Love
7. Heart Of The Sunrise
9. Long Distance Runaround / The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)
11. Make It Easy / Owner Of A Lonely Heart
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I loved the start as I did think why is the quality so bad with the black/white scratches as it began - but soon morphed into the HD show and it was a big thrill seeing them all come out and begin. A good cross section of songs follow and I feel Rick added the most to some familiar songs, making them a bit different and interesting.
Awaken is a highlight as it now has two different parts which I think enhance it as well as And you and I.
Lee Pomeroy does a very good job (although was disappointed in his solo in The Fish, as there wasn't one, just the melody of the outro)
BUT - that fake crowd noise is bad - I only saw two shots were you can hear a crowd BUT see a passive listening crowd - it erks me but I just think there would be some fans in some countries that would go bizerk at some of those bits (although maybe not every time Trevor makes a guitar bend sound!!) - so I survive but it stops it getting 5 stars.
Just wished they did more new music (not gonna happen) and remixed this as it really was.
May not have all original members but those supporting John,Trevor and Rick are great musicians who bring there own styles that work really well.
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Anderson is top drawer. Rabin is the best I've ever heard him, seems he know gets it. Wakeman plays better than expected, adds a great deal to material that he wasn't past of originally. Lee Pomeroy is exceptional, and Molino would get my vote over the current below par White. And look, and sound like a BAND!
However, as everyone else says, the canned cheering????? Is Bruce Dickenson in the orchestra pit conducting an Iron Maiden crowd in the circle, as the normal Manchester stalls crowd listen attentively? Spoiled and incredibly irritating .... but still terrific. However, decided to return it in the vain hope someone will remaster it soon as I can't listen to that.
I wonder if the CD and vinyl have the same problem? I'm not risking it.
As others have rightly said the video production is NUTS. Overdubbed loony cheering and applause all the way through every song; but when you get camera angles on the actual Manchester concert audience, they are all sitting there politely - like we do - in rapt attention, virtually motionless out of respect and reverence for the great music. An absolute farce.
We customers have forked out for this in good faith. Eagle-Rock need to be petitioned to re-do the production minus the bonkers crowd overdubs, so that one may appreciate the music without this distraction, which is so unbelievably intrusive on the playback. They should present a re-issue ASAP with free exchanges for this Tripe Version.
One can't really begin to comment on the music and performance itself - which I suspect in isolation is closer to a five star rating. That review will have to be saved for the proper reissue of this ludicrous fail.
Please can we have a remix ASAP?
And then the disc arrived! Oh what a disappointment! You’d think that it’d be impossible to dislike a concert video when the video editing is great, the bands performance is brilliant and the band audio was really good. Let me assure you it is! The answer is simply to add very poorly implemented canned applause. Firstly it’s obviously fake, secondly way too loud and lastly the canned applause is put in far too frequently and at inappropriate points. I can only assume that ambient mics had mistakenly been left out to record genuine audience reaction, so canned cheering and applause was ham-fistedly used instead. I’m amazed that this passed quality control, especially as Rabin was apparently involved in the audio mixing. In any case this canned audience reaction completely torpedoes an otherwise excellent video, and for me became so irritating it made the performance unwatchable. Really sad as it looked like a great gig, the band were obviously on top form and really looked as if they were enjoying every last minute.
Sadly I can’t say the same and am returning the DVD. Let’s hope it gets remastered to cure this seeious flaw and I’ll happily buy it again.
Ansonsten ein tolles Dokument einer Band, die auch ausgedünnt noch richtig lebt. Manchmal kann ich es gar nicht glauben.... 50 Jahre Yes, wo sind die vielen Jahre nur geblieben. Mich begleitet diese Band seit meiner Jugend und Songs wie "Awaken, And you and I, Long Distance..., Roundabout um nur einige zu nennen, sind aus meiner Musikwelt nicht wegzudenken. Yes, ich verneige mich vor euch und bedanke mich für viele schöne Stunden Musik in meinem Leben!
To the DVD, looked forward to this for ages, but so disappointed that not long into the concert there is a persisitant addition of added audience cheering. Clearly not on the original recording, but added at some point in the production. Who decided it was a good idea and allowed this? Totally unnecessary and spoils what should be a fantastic showcase for this version of Yes. I have returned the DVD, awaiting refund, in hope that it will be rereleased clean of the superficial noise. So I look forward to Yes (ARW) Live at the Apollo - Mark 2.
Some have complained of the crowd noise, and how false it is , but to me it was not that intrusive. I say if you like Yes , then this is for you. I know there are two Yes’s out there. But this has the legendary Jon Anderson on vocals, the greatest keyboard in prog rock, Rick Wakeman, and of course the man who arguably saved Yes in the eighties, Mr Trevor Rabin , who wrote their No 1 hit Owner of a lonely Heart. They are ably supported by two fine musicians Lee Pomeroy on bass, who has toured with ELO and Take That, Steve Hackett and is a member of Rick wakemans, English rock ensemble, plus LOu Mollino III, who is an excellent drummer.
All in all a great release and very enjoyable concert.