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Live At The NEC: Oct 24th 1989 (2xCD+DVD)

a Live Video release
by
Anderson-Bruford-Wakeman-Howe

Release Year: 2012

Date Label Catalog # Comments

Released by Gonzo Media (HST006CD)

This release is exclusively available from Gonzo Media

This is a 3 disc set 2CD/1DVD and documents the band's 24 Oct, 1989 concert in it's entirety at the Birmingham N.E.C.
Also on the DVD is a short film called ABWH-Off The Wall by Julian Colbeck.

Added To Proggnosis Database on: 9/7/2012 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 12/17/2017 4:01:00 AM by: DBSilver

CD 1

  1. Time and a Word/Owner of a Lonely Heart/Teakbois
  2. Clap
  3. Mood for a Day
  4. Wakeman Solo
  5. Long Distance Runaround/Drum Solo
  6. Birthright
  7. And You And I
  8. All Good People
  9. Close to the Edge

CD 2

  1. Themes/Bruford-Levin Duet
  2. Brother of Mine
  3. Jon's Intro
  4. The Meething
  5. Heart of the Sunrise
  6. Order of the Universe
  7. Roundabout
  8. Starship Trooper

DVD

  1. Time and a Word/Owner of a Lonely Heart/Teakbois
  2. Clap
  3. Mood for a Day
  4. Wakeman Solo
  5. Long Distance Runaround/Drum Solo
  6. Birthright
  7. And You And I
  8. All Good People
  9. Close to the Edge
  10. Themes/Bruford-Levin Duet
  11. Brother of Mine
  12. The Meething
  13. Heart of the Sunrise
  14. Order of the Universe
  15. Roundabout
  16. Starship Trooper
  17. ABWH - Off The Wall - A short film by Julian Colbeck

Jon Anderson

Vocals


Bill Bruford
Drums


Steve Howe

Guitar


Rick Wakeman
Keyboards


With:

Julian Colbeck: Keyboards

Tony Levin: Bass

Milton McDonald: guitar

Reviewed by Marc on 31 Dec 2012


 

In 1989, when I learned that ABWH were putting out their first (and only) studio album, I was really excited, since I was not very keen on the commercial move made by Yes a few years earlier. Because of my very high expectations, the CD was somewhat of a disappointement (mostly because of the electronic 80's style keyboards and drums) but still very good, even more if you compare it to the Yes Union album that came a few years later.

 

A tour followed, that was well documented on CD and video, with Jeff Berlin (an excellent musician) replacing Tony Levin on bass.

 

Now, more than 20 years later, we get another double album from the same tour with just about the same setlist. Why? I can find three reasons.

 

Firstly, the bass player is Tony Levin instead of Jeff Berlin. Perhaps some well musically trained listeners will notice the difference, but not me.

 

Secondly, there is a bonus DVD of backstage activity of mostly unknown people talking and even sleeping, and of bored members of the band trying not to look bored because they are being filmed. There is also about ten minutes of some of the band members checking their equipement or tuning their instruments and, finally, snippets of the live show, filmed and recorded at a bad bootleg quality level. All this lasts about 30 minutes, but it felt like 2 hours to me.

 

Thirdly, I feel that the Yes people have been recently putting out loads of "not so interesting" stuff  (not including their very good studio album of last year), probably for making extra bucks while the band is still active, and this latest product is part of that. I don't mind people trying to make some money but this is stretching it a bit.

 

In conclusion, if you don't already own the previous 2CD version of a live ABWH show, well this is a nice product to pick up, if the price is not too high. The DVD. in my opinion,  is a waste of good plastic, but could possibly interest the die hard Yes or Tony Levin completist... but don't expect much.

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