Yes, Heaven & Earth (Frontiers) ***

Yes, Heaven & Earth (Frontiers) ***

Yes, Heaven & Earth (Frontiers) ***

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YES without Jon Anderson is like fish without chips, what’s the point? Like Genesis Revisited, for all the virtuosity on display, all you really notice is the lack of familiar vocals.

That said, Jon Davison does a reasonable impersonation job, certainly better than Hackett’s Gabriel replacements and with Steve Howe firmly back in the fold, together with Chris Squire’s always imperious bass playing there are occasional echoes of classic Yes. But they are only echoes. The band had a lot to say in the 1970s as arguably the finest ever symphonic prog outfit, but after dumping Anderson unceremoniously in 2008, they became little short of a self-tribute act.

On Heaven & Earth, Light of The Ages and the epic nine-minute Subway Walls come closest to aping the glory days, but that’s the problem. There isn’t a Roundabout , Close to The Edge or Yours Is No Disgrace here and there hasn’t been for forty years. In 1972 Yes were most definitely the right people in the right place at the right time. They’re not any more.

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