'Yes: Classic Artists'
(Yes / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2007) 2008 / Image Entertainment)
Overview: The story of Yes is as controversial as their music. The twists and turns of the band's career is now told for the first time in a series of exclusive interviews with Yes members past and present for this definitive and fully authorized DVD documentary.
DVD Verdict: What makes this documentary unique is that we have many more individuals related to the Yes organization through the years including Mike Tate, Roy Clair (Sound Systems) and a few of Yes's former managers (Except Brian Lane of course). Peter Banks, original guitarist of Yes is featured here as well. Bill Bruford is back again as well as all current members of Yes.
This appears to be a British Production and very well done indeed. The video generally interviews current and former members during each stage of development of Yes's Career. Many of the same stories are told again, such as Bruford's account of early Yes travel when they drove themselves to the gigs then driving asleep at the wheel on the way back which led him to arrange alternate travel.
Peter Banks for the first time recounts his firing from the band on video. Steve Howe talks about his feelings on the 80's version of YES in detail. Missing here is an a detailed account of each album's recordings and tunes, but they cleverly weave in and out of the studio area. Chris Welch, Biographer of Yes and former Melody Maker writer recounts many memories of the band. I don't really consider him an authority on YES exclusively, but he was more or less responsible for helping them gain exposure in England.
Missing from the DVD are again, Patrick Moraz, Former Manager Brian Lane, however Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes are on here and give very detailed accounts of the recordings of Drama. Trevor talks about touring with Yes in the 80's as well as the production of 90125 in which he was the producer.
Supplemental Material is excellent, and there is also a small interview with Keith Emerson as he recounts a story of being asked to join Yes. There were some good moments where Mike Tate told the story of how Yes obtained their first decent PA system from IRON BUTTERFLY. They generally signed over all publishing rights to obtain this. Insane. Bill Bruford on the other hand was told to give half his royalities to Alan White when he wanted to leave the band, due to Brian Lane. This was brought up in Chris Welch's biography of Yes.
Overall, an excellent addition to the YES DVD collection and I recommend it highly. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of: