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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Essentially Yes [BOX SET]' (Eagle Records)
Artist - Yes

"Yes",...four of the discs have been released before, but the 'Live In Montreux 2003' disc to me is worth the price. This is a well recorded, very clean recording (although slightly lacking in bass) which to me sounds better than most of "The Word Is Live".

The box itself is really slick - glossy black with nice colourful logo (same kind of package as Stereolab's set and Porcupine Tree's Stars Die set). Unfortunately, that's as good as it gets. Opening the box reveals each of the 5 discs in paper sleeves with album cover art - however, the album liner notes are nowhere to be found! Not even compilation notes! So what about these other four included albums? Well, granted 'Open Your Eyes,' 'The Ladder,' and 'Magnification' are nice albums - and 'Talk' has it's moments but is certainly the black sheep of the Yes Discography - but in truth they are all four the least successful albums by Yes! And, most dedicated Yes fans already have them. So, in order for them to get the "previously unreleased" live disc by having to fork out the extra cash for this set just seems a little harsh! Mind you, it is also a well-worn practice that seems to be spreading within the industry.