|9012Live - The Solos|
|No production credits|
|Released on November 7, 1985|
|UK CHART POSITION #44 . . . US CHART POSITION #81|
|Find it at GEMM|
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T his is product released prior to Christmas, plain and simple. Awful skinny product too: a few songs from the 90125 tour, a few solos, a few bucks less than a proper album. If you’re not a Yes fan, you are sooo not interested in this album. But if you love Yes and can’t live without them for four minutes, let alone four years, The Solos are a stopgap solution worth seeking out. Rabin is a beast on the two tracks from 90125. The solo, Solly’s Beard, is a different story: an acoustic display of spellbinding celerity that favors Di Meola over wanky Dio metal. The real treat here is at the end. Squire’s Amazing Grace is, in a word, amazing; the fat fuzz tones make this one of the most original reinventions since Hendrix’ Star-Spangled Banner. (Did I mention that I love Yes?) That sets the stage for a medley of instrumentals dubbed Whitefish that includes The Fish and Tempus Fugit. I don’t see how this qualifies as an Alan White solo any more than Soon is a Jon Anderson solo; I suspect someone was looking to fabricate balance. The solo approach is an interesting one, with its precedent in Fragile. Yet there are plenty of honest-to-goodness albums of live music from Yes to consider first, not to mention the 9012Live DVD, of which this is but a sampler. In a perfect world, this music would have been appended to the end of the 90125 expanded remaster, but do we live in a perfect world? No, not yet we don’t.
JON ANDERSON -- lead vocals, keyboard, guitar
TONY KAYE -- keyboards, vocals
TREVOR RABIN -- guitar, vocals
CHRIS SQUIRE -- bass guitar, vocals
ALAN WHITE -- drums, vocals
Casey Young -- synthesizer system design & programming
Paul Devilliers -- sound engineer
Paul Massey -- sound engineer
Garry Mouat -- design structure
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US/CAN||November 7, 1985||Atco||EP/CSEP||90474-1/4|
|UK/GER||March 17, 1986||Atco||EP||790474-1|
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