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Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe - Live at the NEC Deluxe Edition (3 Disc) (2CD1DVD)

Genre: Pop/Rock
Release Date: 2nd July 2012

Label: Gonzo
Catalogue Number: HST006CD
Price: £19.99
Available: In Stock


Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe - Live at the NEC Deluxe Edition (3 Disc)
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Tracks:
DISC 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
DISC 2:
AUDIO CONTENT:
1. THEMES/BRUFORD-LEVIN DUET
2. BROTHER OF MINE
3. THE MEETING
4. HEART OF THE SUNRISE
5. ORDER OF THE UNIVERSE
6. ROUNDABOUT
7. STARSHIP TROOPER
VIDEO CONTENT:
ABWH - OFF THE WALL - A short film by Julian Colbeck

 



 Review: ABWH REVIEW


 

Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe – Live at the NEC 1989 (2012 Gonzo Multimedia) The fascinating history of YES never ceases to amaze fans musically. None so much as when Messer’s. Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe broke off and attempted to create music that they felt was closer to YES’ original prime directive. A tour, live disc and live DVD resulted but that wasn’t enough. We now have this special three-disc set featuring the band’s entire live show at the NEC recorded on October 24th, 1989. The first two discs handle all the audio content, including member solos and encores, while disc three is devoted to a short 30-minute film of home movies shot by support keyboardist Julian Colbeck. The video shows the band behind the scenes in the dressing room, doing the sound check and performing on stage, all shot from the sidelines with Colbeck’s hand-held video camera. It’s a kind-of fly-on-the-wall look at the band. The sound of the live discs in this deluxe set is superb, first rate for the era and provides a nice sound capsule of the times. This set is only available through: www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk

Live At The NEC
2CD - £11.99

Live at the NEC Deluxe Edition (3 Disc)
2CD1DVD - £19.99

Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe
2CD - £11.99

An Evening of Yes 
CD - £7.99

An Evening of Yes 
DVD - £9.99

 Review: REVIEW: Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe Live at the NEC


During a time when Yes was taking a break after the Big Generator album, 4 guys from the so-called classic Yes line-up got together and recorded an album called Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe. It was Yes, except for the name and it promised to be the Yes of the 70s. More than 20 years after the album and subsequent tour, Gonzo Multimedia have decided to release one of their most memorable shows, Live at the NEC; a 2CD and DVD combo.

The show starts with Anderson and Howe doing a medley of Yes classics (Time and a Word, Owner of a Lonely Heart) with a short glimpse of Teakbois as well. Then it’s time for a couple of Howe’s solo numbers and a Wakeman solo medley. The real party only gets started for Long Distance Runaround, where the whole band joins in for the first time. Bruford's unremarkable drum solo (a mixture of electronic and standard percussion) soon follows. Birthright again marks the return of the whole band. The first really big moment happens when And You and I begins. They continue in this spirit with All Good People and of course the epic Close to the Edge. All three pieces are performed really well and present the majesty of Yes at their best.

The second disc begins with a live representation of the ABWH studio album, where3 tracks are played. The ABWH seems the most natural of the bunch when played live because they were recorded on 80s equipment, while most of the Yes tracks played here weren’t. Bruford and Tony Levin also play an extended improvisation after Themes, which shows how well the two functioned as a rhythm section. The final section of the live set was of course reserved for three more classic era Yes pieces – Heart of the Sunrise Roundabout and Starship Trooper. The encore belongs to yet another ABWH piece, Order of the Universe (the order of tracks on the back insert isn’t the same as on the actual CD), where Wakeman goes a bit overboard with the pointless soloing for a rather bland finish to an otherwise enjoyable set.

The bonus DVD shows some behind the scenes footage, taken by Julian Colbeck. Some scenes depict Jon Anderson’s birthday celebration, while others show the band just having a laugh, relaxing before the show. The DVD also shows some footage of the actual show as well, though the individual clips are very short.

This combo gives a nice look into the live repertoire and the high standard of musicianship these guys were capable of. They often venture into instrumental excursions not present on the studio albums. These improvisations are a mixed bag – sometimes they come up with the goods, while sometimes they leave you unsatisfied. The three additional band members, Milton McDonald on guitar, Tony Levin on bass and Julian Colbeck on keyboards fit in nicely with the rest of the band, with Levin’s bass lines proving to be particularly intriguing. The sound is very good for a live album as well. The only real complaint I have is Bill Bruford’s electronic drum kit and Wakeman’s occasional cheesy synths.

If you consider the ABWH album a good achievement, this live album will undoubtedly be a necessary addition to your collection. A very solid live album with solid to exceptional playing. It does sound a bit too 80s sometimes, especially the drums and synths, but it was the 80s!  

 Review: ABWH: Dutch Review


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Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe - 
Live at the NEC 1989 (2010) 
 
Label: Gonzo Media Group 
Band Site: www.yesworld.com 
Running Time : 64:46 + 71:55 
Reviewer : Henk Vermeulen 
Rating:   
(out of 5 JoJo's)
 
 
This stability in terms of staffing is not a predicate that applies to Yes, with some understatement may be called a euphemism. From its founding in 1968 until now at least fifteen musicians were part of the Yes-family.Despite these changes, the band to survive. Handsome, because there were often conflicts which even led the founders, Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, frequently quarreled with each other are. 
In 1989 there was a dispute in which the founders again faced each particular about whom the name 'Yes "could bear. A court ruling meant that the group of Squire (plus Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, Alan White) Yes allowed to call themselves. The paradox is that the legally official Yes-formation in this period never released an album while the other group that did untitled be among the few original name "Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe '(ABWH). A classic Yes-product which after some disappointing albums finally a dominant and reborn Jon Anderson was heard, flanked by his convincing playing companions: all Yes-musicians at heart. 
What the album historical value indicates that the texts largely on relativistic way about the history of the band, whereby the eternally positive attitude Anderson heartwarming (there is no doubt who the positivist name Yes invented). Listen to the text of the goosebumps giving wallhanger 'Quartet' and you know what I mean. "ABWH 'belongs to me why the top 5 of best Yes albums: what a paradox! 
A month after the release the band went on tour, "An Evening of Yes Music Plus'. Of that tour was in 1994 by the King Biscuit Flower Hour illustrious label a double album released with a concert from 1989 Mountain View, mainly consisting Yes classics supplemented with some tracks from "ABWH. One month later they gave a concert at the legendary theater NEC in Birmingham with a recording that was made here on the table. This edition also includes a DVD with unnecessary 'behind the scene' private recordings score Colbeck. 
I am somewhat ambivalent about this issue. Two extra songs after ("All Good People" and "Starship Trooper") adds nothing to the edition of 1994.Addition of missing 'ABWH the radiant and bandbiografische' Quartet 'and' Themes' polluted by an exhibitionist, unnecessary duel between Levin and Bruford. Even the best live performance of 'Close to the Edge' ever - mind you - can not compensate. positive side host Tony Levin, Squire exemplary replace during the execution of the classics, despite the absence of the typical string-slabs as we know from Squire. 
Despite the critical remarks should this album, not only because of its historical value but also because of the beautiful design with interesting background, not lacking in the collection of the enthusiast. The added value is especially formed by the stimulus to the heavily underrated studio album ABWH go re listening. Henk Vermeulen (11-2012) 
 
Personnel: 
Jon Anderson - vocals 
Bill Bruford - drums 
Steve Howe - guitars 
Rick Wakeman - keyboards 
With: 
Julian Colbeck - keyboards 
Tony Levin - bass 
Milton McDonald - guitars 
 
Discography: 
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (1989) 
An Evening of Yes Music Plus (1994) 
Live at the NEC Oct. 24th 1989 (2010)


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 Review: ABWH: French Review (Translated)


http://www.musicwaves.fr/frmChronique.aspx?pro_id=9056

Album: Live At The NEC October 24th 1989 - Group: Anderson Bruford Wakeman & Howe
CD + DVD of Progressive Rock released in 2012 under the label Gonzo Multimedia

In the early '80s, Yes crosses many turbulence that cause the departure of key founding members. In 1988, three expelled or resigned find Jon Anderson to reform a larger group 'yessien' the Yes consensual period. Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe released their eponymous album and single in June 1989 and go on a world tour 5 months. The purpose of this column is a live recording made on October 24th at the NEC Birmingham. If you jump on this box to DVD hoping you enjoy images together, you will be disappointed because here is the DVD is the bonus and it contains a short film of 26 minutes.
This short video filmed by Julian Colbeck , also credited with keyboards, shows the backstage tour and does little more value to this package. A note to the flow of said enclosure, an error in the list of tracks transferred to the jacket and the booklet (inversion of the last three tracks on the CD 2). 's first CD (and show the fact) that begins with a medley provides an overview of the directory mentioned this evening, since it is composed of excerpts from "Time And A Word" from the album of the same name ( Yes 1970), "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" derived from " 90125 "( Yes 1983) and "Teakbois" from the eponymous album Anderson Bruford Wakeman & Howe . Following the concert includes four compositions ABW & H, nine titles Yes (picks in "Fragile", "Close To The Edge" and "The Yes Album"), plus a keyboard solo from Wakeman and duo / low battery Levin / Bruford .
Protagonists being other than musicians Yes , interpretations are close to the original versions. We really seem to hear a live performance of Yes And Friends , and the fact that the jacket has only four surnames were, within a few months, another group does not alter the case: ABW & H was only Yes bis time to settle some differences with the owners name. This live testimony of a misdemeanor in the epic 'yessienne' is an interesting object, even if it lacks the images to make the full happiness of the listener. We may prefer the DVD entitled "An Evening Of Yes Music Plus". Chronicle written by Peter Hackett on 19.11.2012
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 Review: LINK: ABWH Reviews


A new three-disc CD/DVD set celebrates that strange period in which a band not called Yes, including most of the individuals credited with the Yes sound, put together an album and tour that sounded just like … well, Yes. Only, for contractual reasons, they ended up calling themselves Anderson Bruford Wakeman and Howe. It was a bit like having a car and renaming it “Steering Wheel, Transmission, Radials and Chassis.”
Live at the NEC, October 24, 1989, a newly released three-disc ABWH set available exclusively through Gonzo MultiMedia, makes easy work of establishing that this is, in all but name only, Yes playing Yes music for Yes fans.
The song list largely mimics the original 1993 concert film An Evening of Yes Music Plus, beginning with a series of solo features — including a medley of songs from Anderson in “Time and a Word,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “Teakbois”; solo turns by Howe (“Clap,” “Mood for a Day”) and Wakeman; and then a drum feature for Bruford after the band’s take on “Long Distance Runaround.”

 Review: LINK: Interesting German review of ABWH


http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/album_12897.html


Reviews


 

By: Nik Brückner @ (Review 1 of 2 )


During the tour of Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe Tony Levin was sick (hepatitis A) and missed some concerts. For these performances, he was replaced by Jeff Berlin, who quickly got two and a half hours of material and abliefete a bravura performance that is at "An Evening of Yes Music Plus" documented.
For twenty years it was the only live document of the band and some fans felt Tony Levin, the actual tour bassist would, done by injustice. Gonzo, successors of Voiceprint corrected this now. The word "correct" in this company has a very unique Bedeuteung. The credits on the box were a dice, also got messed up both the order of the songs on the second CD, as well as the printed order.So you went from "Order of the Universe" unnecessarily (and accidentally?) With a bonus track (in fact, the song "Roundabout" played), its own track made from an announcement and printed also a completely wrong song order on the cover. Gonzo just. Anyway: Above the actual song order the CD is shown.
But they lead the next great idea, they had some time ago had with the Yes-Release "Union Live": The box contains a small-scale reproduction of the former Tour Books. Cheers arias, sure, but for the collector and certainly not uninteresting. Not a bad idea for the furnishing of live albums
Now what is it? Well, the set list is like that of "An Evening Of Yes Music Plus ..." And here it is the same thing that was already for that concert: The idea to put the solos in the beginning, is still brave, great, and a great match to the atmosphere of the concert. The combination of the classics (especially, as always, when Wakeman is out of Fragile-/Close-to-the-Edge-Zeit) works fantastically with the new ABWH songs, the band is relaxed and easy as they are rarely has experienced. Complements the set list is now through the schnuckelige "The Meeting", which could be heard only on the video version of that album, and the duet between Bruford and Levin, which was at the concerts with Berlin not played naturally. Both give everything and engage in duels like there's no tomorrow. Unfortunately, the coordination between the two is not perfect (the show was one of the first after recovering Levin) and the remainder of the curious listener gewesene back a bit unsatisfied.
What interested in this release, most of all, of course, is the comparison between Tony Levin and Jeff Berlin. And Levin cuts do surprisingly weak, but above all is the sound of "Live at the NEC."For he is audibly weaker than that of "An Evening of Yes Music Plus." "Live at the NEC", after all, a recording of BBC Radio I will be plagued by constant noise and the fact that momentum is abundant pale. At the beginning of CD I hear even some brief glitches. You often hear Levin not even in the mix. When you see him but listen, it sounds familiar soft and restrained. Berlin as he takes very stylistically back and plays almost continuously after the originals by Chris Squire, from the jazzy walking bass intro of "Close to the Edge" to the idiosyncratic melodies of "Long Distance Runaround". Even the sounds are different in two almost identical. Berlin is more present in the overall sound of his album, which is due to the better sound quality, but also plays audible rougher and more muscular than Levin, surprisingly. Wherein more on jazz-oriented bassist On the other hand, Levin plays to "Heart of the Sunrise" a richly funky bass, unusually, is not likely to please everyone.
Nice, some small additions: So Anderson sings a few bars of "Soon" at the end of "Disillusion", sometime play Wakeman and Bruford just a bit nimble jazz and even the 25-minute film by Julian Colbeck, the and the band before shows during the concert on 25 October, is a nice addition.
Finally, a dose of trivia: Bill Bruford had left the band just two weeks before the start of the "Close to the Edge" tour. Consequently, the concert, which was held on "Live at the NEC", one of the first in which he played the songs "And You and I" and "Close to the Edge" ever live! Maybe some interest to keep the listening in mind.
"Live at the NEC" is all in all a nice addition ABWH the catalog, but that it should now be content. Seven publications (I'm counting on Jon Anderson's "Watching the Flags That Fly" which included the demos for the second-ABWH ALbum "Dialogue") are truly enough for a band that only one studio album presented.

 Review: LINK: Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe review


Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe was a spin off of the progressive rock band Yes. They werent around long, eventually merging into the main band for one big tour and album. For long-time Yes fans, though, the group was a return to the more progressive rock side of their sound, in opposition to the more pop-oriented music produced by the Trevor Rabin led version of Yes. This album is a live recording from their only tour, and the second official live album from that tour. While there is plenty to like here, its not without its problems. 

First, just having live performances from this tour is great. The show was magical and thats captured here. Secondly, this set is more representative of the tour than was the first official live album. Thats because that disc featured Jeff Berlin on bass as he replaced Tony Levin for a few shows when Levin was hospitalized. So, for that reason alone this is recommended. This live recording was done for the BBC and unfortunately there are a few audio issues. Also, theres a bit of mix up where one song is presented out of sequence. Still, the packaging which includes a reprint of the tour program and a DVD styled box, the addition of a short DVD documentary and the performance itself all add up to an exceptional release thats highly recommended. It would have been nice if the sequence had been fixed, though. That seems like an easy one to repair by either correcting the track listing or moving the misplaced song back to its original location. 

Long time fans of Yes will certainly find this a must have. It probably wouldnt be the best first introduction, though, as the earlier live album is a more polished product. Those looking for the more accurate representation of the tour, though, surely will prefer this version. 

Rating: 9/10

http://www.musicemissions.com/artists/albums/index.php?album_id=16132

 Review: LINK: Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe CFZ Review


http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/reviewABWH.htm

RATINGS:  A = must own   B = buy it   C= average   D = yawn   F = puke
  ABWH – Live at the NEC Deluxe Edition
Gonzo Multimedia
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk
Rating: B Gonzo Multimedia are a UK company doing some fine work digging about and coming up with concerts and videos from great bands. This release features Yes when they were not called Yes! In 1988 Anderson, Wakeman, Bruford and Howe (AWBH) formed, released an album and went on the road performing what they called “An Evening of Yes Music Plus.”

On October 24, 1989, the band pulled into Birmingham, England for a concert at NEC and the tapes were rolling. Joining Yes –errrr—AWBH on this evening was bass player Tony Levin, who missed several shows due to illness. This is the first recording released with the talented bassist performing with the band.

The release, only available online, features two CDs of music and a fun, behind the scenes look at the band on the road DVD titled “Off the Wall.” The DVD is a bonus because the real treat here is the music. Together, a total of 16 songs are performed, and, as expected, they are performed flawlessly.

The track list includes many Yes classics including “Time and Word” which then goes into a great acoustic version of “Owner of a Lonely Heart.”

“The Clap” and “Mood for a Day” allow guitarist Steve Howe to show off early in the set. Not to be outdone, Rick Wakeman plays a great solo, shortly afterwards. The rest of the show keeps going with classics including “Long Distance Runaround,” “And You and I,” “All Good People,” “Close to the Edge,” “Heart of the Sunrise,” “Roundabout” and “Starship Trooper.”

This may not be a Yes concert but with Wakeman and Anderson joining Howe, it is much closer than the Yes lineup of today!

This is a great show and a ‘Must Own’ for Yes fans.
By Jeb Wright

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 Review: LINK: Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe review


http://dmme.net/reviews/reviews52.html#abwhnec

No chamber feeling or pocket symphonies this time around: the YES-men rock the Brummieland at their most beautifully lax. That was a strange situation when the forefront melodic part of the quintessential prog ensemble found themselves outside the fold, yet, fortunately, by then Rick Wakeman, Jon Anderson and Steve Howe were masters of their own show and, together, could cover all bases. To flesh out their rhythmic rear, the three called for another YES alumnus, Bill Bruford who, with jazzy inclinations for a secret agenda, brought in his KING CRIMSON partner Tony Levin. In such circumstances, the name of their game became "looseness", and if previous live releases from ABWH oozed regular grandiloquence, this one blows the topographic oceans away.

The change is never more obvious than in "Heart Of The Sunrise" that is the public is teased with before it's actually unleashed to trade its usual tight rebound for a fusion sprawl, and, of course, in the opening solo workouts from those tuneful three. Of them, only the singer evokes, over his own acoustic strum, a freshly flavored tune, "Teakbois", having set the contextual scene with "Time And A Word" and cutting short this long-distance glance with "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" (there's a sound glitch on there yet it came from the stage not the recording). And it's together that the band deliver most of their only studio album interspersing it with past classics which, save for Howe's standard showcase for "Clap" and expanded "Mood For A Day", crisp as ever, are given a very vibrant treatment here. In his turn, Wakeman enhances the mood with his own classical swirl with a hint of "Six Wives" and adds gentle touch to "Soon" (pitched in the heart of "Starship Trooper") that he originally didn't play on, while Levin and Bruford engage into a percussive duet within "Themes", and it's interesting to see how the full line-up change gears midway through "Long Distance Runaround" or come unhinge in "Order Of The Universe".

Yet tight but loose is "Birthright" where all the individual threads weave the wholesome seriousness of heavenly Rio, and that's where additional players, guitarist Milton McDonald and keyboardist Julian Colbeck (whose short film enhances the package, together with a replica of tour program, on DVD) come in handy. The result of the collective effort is paradoxically effortless and, for all its complexity, lightweight. Which, for so called dinosaurs, is a phenomenal feat.
****1/3
...and check out the ABWH artist page at Gonzo

 Review: ABWH Portuguese Review


http://vianocturna2000.blogspot.pt/2012/09/review-live-at-nec-abwh.html

Review: Live At The NEC (ABWH)
Live At The NEC (Anderson-Bruford-Wakeman-Howe)
(2012, Gonzo Multimedia)
Does indisputable claim that progressive rock would never be what it is today if they had not existed the seminal British band The Yes born in June 1968 following the departure of Pete Banks of Toy Shop and until 1988 had eight different compositions. Throughout his career, many musicians have passed through the Yes notably the quartet who signs this work, albeit only between August 1971 and July 1972 have been the four simultaneously. In 1988 the quartet that is only known by the nicknames of musicians (Anderson-Bruford-Wakeman-Howe) recorded his first studio work would be published a year later which was followed by a world tour named as An Evening Of YES Music Plus. Now, over twenty years after the fans have access to the show that the band gave the mythical N. E. C. in Birmingham with this deluxe edition of the British Gonzo Multimedia offers. There are two audio CDs, more than two hours of progressive rock music at its best, from the quieter moments and acoustic (about half of the first cd) to themes rockers. Why not here also lack the usual demonstrations of skill Wakeman on keys of Bruford on drums and Tony Levin on bass musician who accompanied the ABWH this tour. Added is a DVD that includes some footage from backstage and soundcheck, recordings made by Julian Colbeck, another guest musician (keyboardist) to monitor the project. The true fans of progressive rock in general and in particular Yes, certainly rejoice with this news, but it is information that this pack is not available in stores or on online sites. Those interested should contact the publisher directly Gonzo Multimedia.
Tracklist:
CD 1:
One. Time And A Word / Owner Of A Lonely Heart / Teakbois
2nd. Clap
3rd. Mood For A Day
4th. Wakeman Solo
5th. Long Distance Runaround / Drum Solo
6th. Birthright
7th. And You And I
Eight. All Good People
9th. Close To The Edge
CD 2:
One. Themes / Bruford-Levin Duet
2nd. Brother Of Mine
3rd. The Meeting
4th. Heart Of The Sunrise
5th. Order Of The Universe
6th. Roundabout
7th. Starship Trooper
Line-up:
Jon Anderson - vocals
Bill Bruford - drums
Steve Howe - guitars
Rick Wakeman - keyboards
Julian Colbeck - keyboards
Tony Levin - bass
Milton MaDonald - guitars

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 Review: ABWH: Review


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September 2012
Progressive rock archive concert.
Yes men Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe reunited back in 1989 following a series of band departures, line-up changes, side projects and solo projects. With a vibrant collection of new material that revisited a more 'traditional' Yes sound, the four released a self-titled album and engaged in a series of concerts under the name "An Evening of Yes Music Plus". The live set captured here includes plenty of unhurried soloing from each of the band members, a number of tight live renditions of crucial Yes compositions and five central tracks of Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe material. The first track from the then new album is Birthright and it follows directly after Bruford's solo performance with its tribal rhythm and understated instrumentation. Disc two begins with Themes which opens wide toward the end into a rhythmically dynamic duet between bassist for the project Tony Levin and Bill Bruford. As this section of the concert builds to a crescendo Heart Of The Sunrise Roundabout and Starship Trooper build into to Order Of The Universe highlighting the fact that the ambitious early progressive heights were still being scaled.

ARTWORK
In standard DVD plastic case Live at the N.E.C. comes nevertheless with rich visual content: cover insert printed on both sides and twenty eight page booklet. The artwork holds much of Roger Dean's trademark imagery: bold graphic designs, intricate lettering and absorbing paintings. All track titles are listed on the rear, inside the cover is a page of information on the Evening of Yes Music Plus. The booklet is huge, beginning with the original tour dates and personnel. A comprehensive band members 'family tree' traces the musical careers of the quartet. There is a description of the project's inception and development; photos of relevant curios and ephemera; performance stills and promotional photography; brief biographical sections for the players along with portrait imagery; Dean's cover art and inspirational landscapes conclude the package.

OVERALL
This three-disc set presents a concert recorded Live at the Birmingham N.E.C. on October 24th 1989. Discs one and two are audio discs of Yes classics and ABWH tracks with plenty of space given over to virtuoso soloing: Steve Howe plays Clap and Mood For A Day, Jon Anderson sings a medley of three favourites over a single guitar accompaniment, Rick Wakeman delivers a passionate rendition of a medieval influenced synth montage, Long Distance Runaround provides a springboard for Bill Bruford to showcase his considerable percussive talents as does Themes. The Julian Colbeck video that fills disc three is an intimate monochrome look at the band in informal backstage setting and pre-concert rehearsals. In this way angles and details not easily found in live performance footage are explored and lingered over. Eventually, snatches from the concert itself are stitched into a compact whole leaving the impression that the viewer has shared something of the whole experience rather than simply a recorded concert. All in all this is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy this unique phase in the varied history of Yes - a package with a sense of souvenir about it. The collection can be ordered directly from the Gonzo Multimedia website, where you can also find the DVD An Evening of Yes.

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 Review: ABWH: Another insightful review


http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/album_12897.html#oben

Reviews


 

By: Nik Brückner @


During the tour of Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe Tony Levin was sick (hepatitis A) and missed some concerts. For these performances, he was replaced by Jeff Berlin, who quickly got two and a half hours of material and abliefete a bravura performance that is at "An Evening of Yes Music Plus" documented.
For twenty years it was the only live document of the band and some fans felt Tony Levin, the actual tour bassist would, done by injustice. Gonzo, successors of Voiceprint corrected this now. The word "correct" in this company has a very unique Bedeuteung. The credits on the box were a dice, also got messed up both the order of the songs on the second CD, as well as the printed order.So you went from "Order of the Universe" unnecessarily (and accidentally?) With a bonus track (in fact, the song "Roundabout" played), its own track made from an announcement and printed also a completely wrong song order on the cover. Gonzo just. Anyway: Above the actual song order the CD is shown.

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Purchasing 
information: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/13921/Anderson_Bruford_Wakeman_Howe-Live_at_the_NEC_Deluxe_Edition_(3_Disc).html

 Review: LINK: A great review of AWBH


A new three-disc CD/DVD set celebrates that strange period in which a band not called Yes, including most of the individuals credited with the Yes sound, put together an album and tour that sounded just like … well, Yes. Only, for contractual reasons, they ended up calling themselves Anderson Bruford Wakeman and Howe. It was a bit like having a car and renaming it “Steering Wheel, Transmission, Radials and Chassis.”

Live at the NEC, October 24, 1989, a newly released three-disc ABWH set availableexclusively through Gonzo MultiMedia, makes easy work of establishing that this is, in all but name only, Yes playing Yes music for Yes fans.

The song list largely mimics the original 1993 concert film An Evening of Yes Music Plus,beginning with a series of solo features — including a medley of songs from Anderson in “Time and a Word,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “Teakbois”; solo turns by Howe (“Clap,” “Mood for a Day”) and Wakeman; and then a drum feature for Bruford after the band’s take on “Long Distance Runaround.”

Also repeated are ABWH renditions of legacy Yes items like “And You and I,” “Close to the Edge” (interesting, of course, because Bill Bruford left before the tour in support of that album commenced) and “Roundabout”; as well as the tracks “Birthright,” “Themes,” “Brother of Mine,” “The Meeting” and “Order of the Universe” from Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe’s underrated self-titled 1989 release..

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