Yesyears [Video]

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AllMusic Review by Paul Collins

A film largely from the backstage of Yes' Union tour, which was much better than the dismal Union album itself. The concert footage is interspersed with a narrative of Yes' history, told in the words of various band members. (Everyone but Banks, Moraz, Horn and Downes are present). As a reunion show, it's a strange affair, as you get to see the different configurations of Yes (Kaye and Wakeman, Rabin and Howe, White and Bruford) interacting with each other. Still, the emphasis is on the individuals themselves, and there are plenty of good stories here: Wakeman on the screwy sessions behind Tales from Topographic Oceans, Bruford explaining the influence of the TV westerns on "Yours Is No Disgrace" (imagine the opening bars played over galloping cowboys), and Squire recalling Trevor Horn's continuing nightmares on fronting the band live. There are also some nice clips from rare footage of live and promo videos for band's various solo efforts -- Squire conducting "Hold Out Your Hand," Howe playing "Ram" and White performing for his gone-without-a-trace album, Ramshackled. While Yessongs is still the best evocation of a Yes concert, this is certainly an enjoyable set of interviews and concert footage for the band's loyal fans.