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Title: The Word Is Live
Artist: Yes
Type: Box Set
Released: August 23rd, 2005
Recorded: March 12, 1970 - February 19, 1988
Length: 3:49:40
Label: Rhino Records
Producer: Steve Woolard


The Word Is Live is a live box set by Yes and was released in 2005 through Rhino Records.

Considered the live companion to 2002's studio In A Word: Yes (1969 - ) box set, The Word Is Live serves to document the band's live story from early BBC recordings in 1970 with Peter Banks to 1988 shows for Big Generator. Most of the tracks were previously unreleased.

Many of the tracks were originally broadcast on radio shows and have been bootlegged extensively. In these, it is often the case that the radio show's final mix was the only mix available so few improvements in quality could be done for the release. While some of the recordings do feature a less-than-polished quality to them, The Word Is Live is still considered a fine document of Yes in a concert setting.

The set includes several pieces not originally released as studio recordings by Yes, including "It's Love", an extended cover of a song by The Young Rascals, and "Go Through This" and "We Can Fly From Here" from the tour to support Drama, but which were not released on Drama.

It failed to chart in the UK or US.

Track Listing Edit

Disc One Edit

  1. Then (5:25)
  2. For Everyone (4:44)
  3. Astral Traveller (7:24)
  4. Everydays (11:01)
  5. Yours Is No Disgrace (11:45)
  6. I've Seen All Good People (7:52)
    1. Your Move
    2. All Good People
  7. America (16:21)
  8. It's Love (11:07)

Disc Two Edit

  1. Apocalypse (3:08)
  2. Siberian Khatru (10:10)
  3. Sound Chaser (11:17)
  4. Sweet Dreams (6:22)
  5. A. Future Times B. Rejoice (6:59)
  6. Circus Of Heaven (4:52)
  7. The Big Medley (25:53)
    1. Time And A Word
    2. Long Distance Runaround
    3. Survival
    4. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)
  8. Hello Chicago (2:11)
  9. Roundabout (8:42)

Disc Three Edit

  1. Heart Of The Sunrise (10:56)
  2. Awaken (17:53)
  3. Go Through This (4:21)
  4. We Can Fly From Here (6:46)
  5. Tempus Fugit (5:53)
  6. Rhythm Of Love (6:42)
  7. Hold On (7:24)
  8. Shoot High Aim Low (8:27)
  9. Make It Easy/Owner Of A Lonely Heart (6:09)

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