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Yes: Songs From Tsongas 35th Anniversary Tour (Blu-ray) Official AVSForum Review



Check out our review of Yes’ 2004 35th Anniversary Tour, the last tour to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White.



The Review at a Glance:
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Film:

Extras:

Audio/Video total rating:
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83



Details:

Studio and Year: Eagle Rock - 2004
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 252 minutes
Genre: Concert

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC/MPEG-2
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080i/60/480p

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Stereo LPCM
Subtitles: English SDH
Starring: Yes = Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Alan White
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 23, 2014


"A must have for YES fans…"


My Take:

This Special Edition of Songs From Tsongas contains two different concerts from Yes’ 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last tour to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White. In addition to the originally released Songs From Tsongas show, this single Blu-ray release contains an additional 70 minutes of never-before-released highlights from the same tour. Filmed in Lugano Switzerland at Estival, the outdoor show features a stripped down stage and full on rock versions of the acoustic tracks from Tsongas while the crowd wield a multitude of umbrellas against the pouring rain, (which clearly didn’t prevent them from enjoying the concert!).

Songs From Tsongas contains the whole concert from the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts. This epic show features tracks from across the band’s career including an extensive acoustic section (tracks 11 – 18 see below) and some tracks that have rarely been performed live. The fantastic set list of favorites and rarities including “Going For The One,” “Roundabout,” “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” “And You And I,” “Starship Trooper,” “Wonderous Stories,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Ritual,” “Turn Of The Century,” and many more are captured here in all their glory.

I am a progressive rock fan and have been listening to Yes since I was a teenager. I have followed their music and members over the years and thoroughly enjoy watching them live. Their musicianship is top tier and this 35th anniversary concert encapsulates their catalog rather nicely. The closest I have come to seeing them live was catching them in 1989 during the Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe tour which was excellent. As you might expect this show is lots of fun and simply a must have for fans.

Included as a Bonus Feature, this release contains another track “Ritual,” also filmed at the Tsongas Arena, and an insightful interview with legendary designer and Yes collaborator Roger Dean who created the brand new stage set for the shows.


Here is the concert track listing:

Songs from Tsongas:
  1. Intro/Firebird Suite
  2. Going For The One
  3. Sweet Dreams
  4. Your Move / All Good People
  5. Mind Drive Parts 1 & 2
  6. South Side Of The Sky
  7. Turn Of The Century
  8. My Eyes
  9. Mind Drive Part 3
  10. Yours Is No Disgrace
  11. The Meeting (Piano Solo)
  12. Long Distance Runaround
  13. Wonderous Stories
  14. Time Is Time
  15. Roundabout
  16. Show Me
  17. Owner Of A Lonely Heart
  18. Second Initial (Guitar Solo)
  19. Rhythm Of Love
  20. And You And I
  21. Every Little Thing
  22. Starship Trooper

Live In Lugano:
  1. Intro/Firebird Suite
  2. Going For The One
  3. Sweet Dreams
  4. Your Move / All Good People
  5. Long Distance Runaround
  6. The Fish
  7. Owner Of A Lonely Heart
  8. And You And I
  9. Starship Trooper
  10. Roundabout


Parental Guide:

This concert is appropriate for general audiences.


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 82
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA



Video: 84
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Songs from Tsongas comes to Blu-ray Disc from Eagle Rock Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.3 Mbps.

Songs from Tsongas was shot in high definition in a live environment. As such it doesn’t offer a variety of backgrounds, lighting and other visually engaging elements however the 1.78:1 framed video features pleasing colors, stable contrast and above average shadow detail that stand out well against the indoor static imagery. Fleshtones appear lifelike and quite natural in depiction. Resolution is good but doesn’t rise to a level that would be perceived as transparent. Images are well resolved though and the rendering of detail is appreciable. Blacks are stable but not noticeably strong but based upon the source this isn’t problematic. Overall high definition video quality is naturally satisfying and perfectly suited for the source material.

There are two listening options, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM Stereo. I opted for the DTS-HD MA soundtrack. The mix isn’t an aggressive one and utilizes a more laid back approach with the vocals retaining a frontal orientation with low level ambient bleed through the rear channels. The same applies to the backing vocals. The instrumentation is spread across the soundstage with discernable separation and open expression. Dynamics are punchy and detail/clarity is quite good. Vocal reproduction is smooth with minimally sibilant character and excellent room penetration. I didn’t found the reserved aspect of the surround mix to be problematic and on a whole enjoyed the primarily “audience” based aural perspective.

*The additional footage from Live in Lugano is rendered in MPEG-2 standard definition with only an LPCM audio option.

Bonus Features:
  • Bonus Track “Ritual”
  • Interview with Roger Dean



Final Thoughts:

This Special Edition of Songs From Tsongas contains two different concerts from Yes’ 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last tour to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White. It’s a solid collection of their best works and features and engaging display of their terrific musicianship and cohesive group interplay. This concert film comes to Blu-ray from Eagle Rock Entertainment featuring gratifying high definition audio/video and gives fans the opportunity to see them performing in a live environment while sounding as good as ever. If you’re a Yes fan this is a must have. Enjoy!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujPu3vST4Q4#t=21



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Picked up this disc up a few weeks ago, always good to see Steve Howe and the boys on stage.
If i may, a good companion disc with really good sound is OMD Live: Architecture and Morality and More. Ralph, your Top 10 Concert Discs, "Potts Picks"?
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Thanks for review, Ralph! While I knew we had similar tastes in movies (based on your past reviews) it appears we have a similar taste in music. This definitely looks worth picking up.
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Thanks for the review, Ralph. I'm a big Yes fan and can't wait to hear and see this release.
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I second that on "Potts Picks" for concert discs.
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I ran across this a year ago on AX and recorded it on my ATI digital wonder cable card computer.5.1 dolby is good enough for me.
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Greetings,

I don't own nearly as many concerts on Blu-ray as I should so my exposure has been limited. I will have to see what I can do about that...

Thanks guys.

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Excellent review Ralph!
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Greetings,

I don't own nearly as many concerts on Blu-ray as I should so my exposure has been limited. I will have to see what I can do about that...

Thanks guys.

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I have the original DVD of this show, which is a 2-disc set from Image, and on the second disc is "Ritual," following "And You And I." It's part of the concert proper rather than being a bonus feature. Sounds like they juggled things a bit for this latest release. But it sounds like they maintained the quality, which is good. And the Luongo concert sounds interesting as well. Thanks for the review.

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Thanks for the nice review! I add this as well to my wish list :-)
I have a lot of music discs, most DVDs, and I certify that lot of them unfortunately with the poor video quality. It is clear that many years ago there was not such a good technique as it is today and there is no sense in looking for a high quality video on old music discs. Therefore, this disc is definitely a modern :-)
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I suggest Metallica 'Through the Never 3d' (the only 3D disc of music that I know) and also their 'Quebec Magnetic' Blu-ray has a very excellent quality (both video and audio).

Your reviews are interesting to read. I have already ordered myself 'Bears' (on the basis of another review that you did).

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Thanks for the nice review! I add this as well to my wish list :-)
I have a lot of music discs, most DVDs, and I certify that lot of them unfortunately with the poor video quality. It is clear that many years ago there was not such a good technique as it is today and there is no sense in looking for a high quality video on old music discs. Therefore, this disc is definitely a modern :-)

I suggest Metallica 'Through the Never 3d' (the only 3D disc of music that I know) and also their 'Quebec Magnetic' Blu-ray has a very excellent quality (both video and audio).

Your reviews are interesting to read. I have already ordered myself 'Bears' (on the basis of another review that you did).

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Great! Thanks so much for your post inspire...


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that owner of a lonely heart with minimal instrumentation was Brilliant!

steve looks bored on that song though... I dont blame you steve. trevor was marginal at best.

wakeman on a mini grand piano is awesome!

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Mr. Potts,

The Yes: Live at Montreaux concert form 2003 is excellent as well.
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The Yes: Live at Montreaux concert form 2003 is excellent as well.
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steve looks bored on that song though...
That has always been the way Steve Howe looks in concert. Sort of a puzzled look that there are people listening to him play.

The one thing about Yes is that they were very consistent in concerts. The first time I saw them was in Asbury Park. They were the opening act for Jethro Tull on the Aqualung tour. This was the pre-Wakeman "The Yes Album" tour and they blew everyone out of their seats. Just great playing and high musical standards. I also saw them at the Spectrum and the Garden. Awesome.

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