One of the most beloved progressive rock bands of all time, Yes charted a mystical and celestial course in the annals of rock history. Spanning over three decades of music, the group's magical body of work effortlessly dis... more »played a freewheeling musical virtuoso ability and imaginative, enchanting lyrical wordplay.« less
"This DVD is a wonderful treasure from the past, though I was also hoping for more. It clocks in a t 18:45, that's 4:30 of No Opportunity, about 3 minutes of the rocking part of All Good People (though with clips of the Your Move section superimposed over the music!) and a full glorious 11 minutes of Yours Is no Disgrace. No Opportunity is a fascinating glimpse at the early band (the sound recording is available on Something's Coming BBC by the way). They look so scared! It's in black and white but well-filmed. Peter Banks is physically relieved when his solo is done! (One can see how Steve Howe was a leap forward in guitar virtuosity.) All Good People and Yours is no Disgrace are both from a color broadcast a year later. All Good People is both cut short and full of stupid camera tricks and graphics, but Yours Is No Disgrace is superb - Bruford sticking his tongue out! Jon on the mellotron (I think)! Steve racing flawlessly through solo after solo. Picture and sound are very clear, and I don't think this performance is available anywhere else, not even on a boot (though it will be soon). A wonderful buy for any Yes fan, though if only it was twice as long."
A great Opportunity to see the Band Early on
David Carlin | Philadelphia, PA USA | 02/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A very short DVD but a rarity!. There is not too much out there on video on YES. Its sad but true. I hear Yes will soon release another DVD from the House of Blues show from October 99. This DVD captures the band with First Guitarist Beter Banks and with a very young Steve Howe. The sound quality is a bit better due to some EQ in the mastering. A good Raw Mix of the Band for Yes History Buffs."
Prime Yes with Peter Banks
Herb Atlas | Chicago IL | 03/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Again, until they invent a way-back machine, this is the best chance you'll get to see Yes in their earliest prime. Cheesy effects and all, this is a great albeit short three track DVD. Both Banks and Howe feature here."
James C. Darling | Burbank, CA | 06/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although there are only three song performances on this DVD, they are three amazing bits of progressive Rock history. These are performances by Yes that, up 'til now, I've only been able to catch every once in a blue moon on some late night video show.
The first, "No Opportunity...", is a rare glimpse of Yes in its original incarnation - with Peter Banks on guitar. I really liked Bank's work during his brief time with the band. However....
Once you come to the final two performances, one can easily see that there was a special gift in Steve Howe. He is by far one of the greatest guitarists in Rock history - "progressive", or otherwise.
"I've Seen All Good People" picks up from the point where "Your Move" ends. Would have been nice to see the entire song performed. But, what the hey! We're lucky to have this much!
"Yours Is No Disgrace" finishes off the DVD, and it is an amazing Howe and Squire tour de force. Both show their proficency on their instruments, and their unique styles of playing. Jon Anderson plays some strange little keyboard contraption along with Tony Kaye's main keyboard work. Bill Bruford is at his best, as well.
The addition of the spinning "hanging manequin head" (from "The Yes Album") throughout is an interesting element to the performances... But, all the crazy psychedelic camera "effects" employed on the last two performances - "All Good People" in particular - is a distraction I could have lived without. But, hey - it WAS the freaky post-psychedelic early 70's! Must have been "cool" to some back then.
If you are a Yes fan, this should be in your DVD collection."
Always a pleasure to see and hear YES
Jeff Maniatis | Seattle, WA | 11/30/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While YES plays perfectly (of course), the makers of the DVD could have cleaned the sound a little better. Aside from this, the cutting of the acoustic first half of 'All Good People', and annoying early 70's camera effects, the band JAMS!"