Yes-House of Yes: Live from House of Blues (2000)

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Released 28-Nov-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Gallery-Photo
Music Video-Homeworld: 5.1 Mix Of Album Version
Featurette-Making Of-Making Of
Web Links
DVD-ROM Extras-Offline Yesworld Site
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 112:11
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (71:55) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Michael Chloe
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Jon Anderson
Steve Howe
Billy Sherwood
Chris Squire
Alan White
Igor Khoroshev
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $39.95 Music Yes


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, During

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Plot Synopsis

    House Of Yes Live From The House Of Blues is, as the title suggests, a live performance by the band Yes recorded at one of the House Of Blues clubs.

    This live performance was recorded at the Las Vegas House Of Blues club during the band's tour promoting their album The Ladder. During this live set, the band performs tracks from their latest album as well as classic tracks from their extensive back catalogue.

    Yes has been together for over thirty years in a career that surprises even the band members. Producer Bruce Fairbairn helped to convince the band to return to their popular early works during the development of The Ladder and this influence is clearly seen in these tracks.

    Thirty years into their career, the members of Yes still give a highly enthusiastic live performance that captures the audience's attention.

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Track Listing

1. Yours Is No Disgrace
2. Time and a Word
3. Homeworld (The Ladder)
4. Perpetual Change
5. Lightning Strikes
6. The Messenger
7. Ritual-Nous Sommes du Soleil
8. And You and I
9. It Will Be a Good Day (The River)
10. Face to Face
11. Awaken
12. Your Move/I've Seen All Good People
13. Cinema
14. Owner of a Lonely Heart
15. Roundabout

Transfer Quality

Video

    This excellent transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 but unfortunately is NOT 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is very sharp throughout and only appears slightly soft during the short historical footage seen at the start of the transfer. Some scenes display minimal edge enhancement but this is only slightly distracting to the viewer. No low level noise was detected at any stage during the transfer. Excellent levels of shadow detail are visible during the transfer with the numerous dark shots of the crowd displaying high levels of detail.

    A vibrant colour palette is on offer during this transfer. The stage lighting for the band utilises a range of extreme colours including reds, purples, blues and some greens. Additionally, at various points during the performance the lighting design includes a large amount of ultraviolet light. This results in some parts of the image appearing as a strange solid block of bluish purple. Some obvious examples of this may be seen at 25:56, 26:15 and 44:24, and while it is not a direct fault of the transfer it is slightly distracting to the viewer.

    No MPEG artefacts were detected during the transfer.

    No instances of aliasing were detected at any stage during the transfer.

    As this performance was shot on tape, no film artefacts are present during the transfer.

    No subtitles are provided on this disc.

    The layer change occurs at 71:55 at the start of Chapter 12 between songs and is not disruptive.

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Audio

    Dolby Digital 448 kbps 5.1 and Dolby Digital 224 kbps 2.0 tracks are provided on this disc and I listened to both in full.

    The lyrics are clear and easy to understand at all times.

    No problems with dropouts or audio sync were detected during the transfer.

    The surround channels were used throughout for crowd noises and to replicate the front channels at a much lower level. This mix was quite effective but I personally found the straight 2.0 mix to be preferable.

    The subwoofer was used minimally throughout the transfer and never drew attention to itself.

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Extras

Menu

    The animated menu is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Virtual Tour Book

    This is a collection of 50 various still shots including images from the show, shots of band members, backstage passes and artwork.

Music Video: Homeworld (9:39)

    This music video is presented with a Dolby Digital 448 kbps 5.1 soundtrack at a aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. This video features images from the Sierra Studios PC game of the same name.

Featurette: Making Of The Ladder (12:33)

    This featurette is a combination of interviews with band members and producer Bruce Fairbairn and some short studio recording performances. The featurette is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

Weblinks

    This is a collection of links to various House Of Blues and Yes web sites.

DVD-ROM: Yesworld site

    Included on the disc is a cut down version of the official Yes web site. These files provide a complete discography, a complete set of song lyrics for each album, shots of the band, a collection of backstage passes and a number of short MP3 files from various tracks. Unfortunately, no biographical information is provided on the band or its members.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Both versions of this DVD appear to be identical and I therefore would have no preference for either version.

Summary

    If you are a fan of Yes then you should definitely take a look at this classic live performance.

    This excellent video transfer is only let down by its lack of 16x9 enhancement.

    The impressive 5.1 and 2.0 mixes should cater to all fans.

    The interesting collection of extras will appeal to fans but could have been supplemented with some biographical information for people unfamiliar with the band.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Sunday, January 13, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using S-Video output
DisplaySony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationFront left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)
SpeakersFront left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259

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