|The Mother's Day Concert|
|no production credits|
|Released on April 2, 2007|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
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A Live Mother for Ya or, in proggier speak, One for the Vineyard. The Mother’s Day Concert is the first live disc from The Lost Tapes, a planned 20-cd set featuring blah blah blah you tuned out after 20-cd set, didn’t you? I can’t blame you. After all, a lot of this might have stayed lost without anyone’s life being the poorer. This one was recorded on Mother’s Day 1996 at Martin Brothers Winery in California. Under a white tent that someone had probably been married in a week earlier. Maybe Jon and the rest of the band had cake afterwards (if the backing band even stuck around that long). That slight, buttery note of hostility you’re sensing stems from the pickled picnickers (a pox upon them) who talk during the performance, as if whatever mundane things were happening in their life could possibly be more important than hearing “Children of Light” in its pre-Ascension state. (And that would be the sweet note of sarcasm right there.) I would love to perpetuate the fantasy that a Jon Anderson disc in any incarnation is a wondrous thing, but not even his own mother...etcetera...fifteen dollars. The recording quality is poor but you get acclimated to it, and then it’s all about Jon Anderson on auto-pilot and you in the clouds. “Wonderous Stories,” “Change We Must,” those are songs you sit down in the 90-degree heat to hear. The band also tries their hand at “And You And I” and doesn’t do a terrible job of it either. The Mother’s Day Concert is ultimately an informal affair, interesting as an archival release but as a self-standing album of new music it slouches next to Sheffield.
Daniel Earnshaw -- project co-ordinator
Rob Ayling -- executive producer
Mark Wilkinson -- artwork
Roxi Cook -- photos
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