Wakeman, Rick - Two Sides Of Yes - Volume I

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Classic Rock Legends Records
Catalog Number: CRL0857
Format: CD
Total Time: 55:09:00

[Keith reviewed both Volume 1 and Volume 2 in on review; they are listed separately in the database -ed.]

Rick Wakeman is unmistakably one of the greatest keyboard virtuosos of all time. And I say that without reservation, and that includes every genre of music. He made his mark with Yes first, then created another impressive catalog of recordings as a solo artist. [as you can see below -ed]

Two Sides Of Yes - Volumes I and II are classic Yes songs done instrumentally in a way that only Wakeman could recreate them. His talents as a keyboardist are all encompassing, ranging from rock to classical. All of that is explored via his agile and skillful fingers. You will recognize all the songs, and chances are the angelic voice of Jon Anderson will come to mind frequently as you listen. As noted on the back of the CD - "Dazzling selections of the greatest hits by Yes are performed." It couldn't have been put into better context than that.

Volume I and II are extensions of each other, the only difference being that Volume I has a bonus video of Wakeman performing "The Meeting." Dependent on the use of keyboards in a song, the atmospheres vary from the soft-as-a-cloud pristine pureness of new age to their rocking best, reminiscent of his early days with Yes. For instance "Your Move," which starts off Volume I, is done on an acoustic piano and sounds very elegant with strong classical overtones, while "Roundabout" rocks steadily from start to finish with many variations of electronic keyboards weaving their way in and out of the song. He renews his connection to all of the Yes music in a spiritual, loving way, thereby creating new classics out of the old. The beauty of each song is enhanced recurrently with Wakeman's prolific keyboard brilliance.

Old fans will be in all their glory listening to the new versions of these songs. And I am sure there are many music lovers out there who haven't had the pleasure of enjoying this music yet that will be pleasantly satisfied with the scope and breadth of the tastefulness and expertise in the selection of songs and styles that are presented in these two incredible CDs. Wakeman is a legendary figure in music and his influence is as strong and far-reaching as it ever has been. This kind of testament to his ever growing legacy as a keyboard genius just adds further credibility to what I have already stated.

I must give you fair warning though, after you listen to this you had best hide your credit cards and stay off the Internet, as I am sure you will want to buy every Wakeman and Yes CD there is to be had, or try to fill the holes in your present collection. Its time once again to climb aboard the Yes starship and enjoy all the "Wondrous Stories" that continue to unravel and reveal different personalities in each song as time passes. This is a must collection for any Yes fan, and a no-brainer for the legions of prog-rock lovers.

Your Move (7:31) / Wondrous Stories (7:51) / Long Distance (7:14) / Don't Kill The Whale (4:08) / Close To The Edge (7:36) / Roundabout (13:19) / The Meeting (4:12)

Rick Wakeman - Grand piano, synthesizers

Piano Vibrations (1971)
The Six Wives Of Henry VIII (1973)
Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (1974)
Lisztomania (1975)
The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur & The Knights Of The Round Table (1975)
No Earthly Connection (1976)
Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record (1977)
White Rock (1977)
Animal Showdown (1979)
Rhapsodies (1979)
I'm So Straight I'm A Weirdo (1980)
1984 (1981)
The Burning (OST) (1981)
Rock N Roll Prophet (1982)
Cost Of Living (1983)
G'ole! (1983)
Crimes Of Passion (OST) (1984)
Live At Hammersmith (1985)
Lytton's Diary (1985)
Silent Nights (1985)
Country Airs (1986)
The Family Album (1987)
The Gospels (1987)
20th Anniversary Limited Edition (1988)
A Suite Of Gods (1988)
Custer's Last Stand/Ocean City (1988)
Time Machine (1988)
Zodiaque (1988)
Black Knights At The Court Of Ferdinand IV (1989)
Sea Airs (1989)
Phantom Power (1990)
In The Beginning (1990)
Night Airs (1990)
Phantom Power (1990)
2000AD Into The Future (1991)
African Bach (1991)
Aspirant Sunrise (1991)
Aspirant Sunset (1991)
Aspirant Sunshadows (1991)
Rock N Roll Prophet Plus (1991)
Softsword (1991)
The Classical Connection (1991)
Best Works Collection (1992)
Country Airs (1992)
Classic Tracks (1993)
No Expense Spared (1993)
Prayers (1993)
The Classical Connection 2 (1993)
The Heritage Suite (1993)
Unleashing The Tethered One - The 1974 North American Tour (1993)
Wakeman With Wakeman (1993)
Light Up The Sky (1994)
Live On The Test (1994)
Lure Of The Wild (1994)
Rick Wakeman's Greatest Hits (1994)
The Stage Collection (1994)
Wakeman With Wakeman - The Official Bootleg (1994)
Wakeman With Wakeman Live (1994)
Almost Live In Europe (1995)
Cirque Surreal (1995)
Rick Wakeman In Concert (1995)
Rock & Pop Legends (1995)
Romance Of The Victorian Age (1995)
The Piano Album (1995)
The Private Collection (1995)
The Seven Wonders Of The World (1995)
Visions (1995)
Can You Hear Me? (1996)
Fields Of Green (1996)
Orisons (1996)
Tapestries (1996)
The New Gospels (1996)
The Word And Music (1996)
Vignettes (1996)
Voyage (1996)
Welcome A Star (1996)
Fields Of Green '97 (1997)
Simply Acoustic - The Music (1997)
Tribute (1997)
Master Series (1998)
Themes (1998)
Official Live Bootleg (1999)
Return To The Centre Of The Earth (1999)
Stella Bianca Alla Corte De Re Ferdinando (1999)
The Masters (1999)
The Natural World Trilogy (1999)
White Rock II (1999)
Christmas Variations (2000)
Chronicles Of Man (2000)
Morning Has Broken (2000)
Preludes To A Century (2000)
Recollections - The Very Best Of Rick Wakeman (2000)
Rick Wakeman The Legend Live In Concert 2000 (2000)
The Caped Collection (2000)
Classical Variations (2001/2002)
Simply Acoustic (2001)
Out Of The Blue (2001)
Two Sides Of Yes (2001/2002)
Treasure Chest Volume 1 - The Real Lizstomania (2002)
Treasure Chest Volume 2 - The Oscar Concert (2002)
Treasure Chest Volume 3 - The Missing Half (2002)
Treasure Chest Volume 4 - Almost Classical (2002)
Treasure Chest Volume 5 - The Mixture (2002)
Treasure Chest Volume 6 - Medium Rare (2002)
Treasure Chest Volume 7 - Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (2002)
Treasure Chest Volume 8 - Stories (2002)
Two Sides Of Yes - Volume II (2002)
Wakeman & Cousins -Hummingbird (2002)
Out There (2003)
Retro (2006)
Retro 2 (2007)
The Six Wives Of Henry VIII Live At Hampton Court Palace (2009)
Always With You (2010)
Past, Present, and Future (2010)
Anderson/Wakeman - The Living Tree (2010)
In The Nick Of Time-Live In 2003 (2012)

Journey To The Center Of The Earth Live In 1975 (2001/2002) (DVD)
Rick Wakeman The Legend Live In Concert 2000 (DVD) (2001/2002)
Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble - Live In Buenos Aires (DVD) (2001/2002)
Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble - Out There (DVD) (2004)
Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Live In 1975 - 30th Anniversary Edition (DVD) (2005)
Made In Cuba (DVD) (2005)
Amazing Grace (DVD) (2007)
The Other Side Of Rick Wakeman (DVD) (2007)
Video Vault Volume 1 - 1975 Live At Empire Pool, King Arthur On Ice (DVD) (2007)
Video Vault Volume 2 - Live At The Maltings 1976 (DVD) (2007)
Video Vault Volume 3 - Live 1980 Swedish Television Special (DVD) (2007)
Video Vault Volume 4 - 1984 Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 1981 (DVD) (2007)
Video Vault Volume 5 - Night Music (DVD) (2007)
Video Vault Volume 6 - Rarities Plus Interview (DVD) (2007)
The Six Wives Of Henry VIII Live At Hampton Court Palace (DVD/BR) (2009)
Classical Wakeman Volume 1 - Live In Lugano (2010)

Genre: Symphonic Prog

Origin UK

Added: November 17th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Artist website: www.rwcc.com
Hits: 475
Language: english


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