Keys to Ascension
|Keys to Ascension|
|Live album / studio album by Yes|
|Released||28 October 1996|
|Recorded||Autumn 1995 - Spring 1996|
|Producer||Yes, Tom Fletcher|
|Singles from Keys to Ascension|
It is the first album with guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Rick Wakeman since 1991's Union, and the first album with the line-up consisting of Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Alan White, Howe and Wakeman since 1978's Tormato.
The first seven of the album’s nine tracks were recorded live in San Luis Obispo, California’s Fremont Theater during three nights in March 1996. The purpose of these concerts was to capture the spontaneity of a live performance under controlled conditions, similar to that of a studio. These performances were also filmed and released as a live video under the same title.
All three concerts were instantly available as bootlegs. Comparison of the bootleg recordings and the official release demonstrate beyond doubt that the "live" songs were heavily overdubbed in the studio before being released. Some parts (most notably Jon Anderson's vocals on at least three songs) were completely re-recorded in the studio. The studio tracks were reissued twice: once as part of the Keystudio compilation album on 21 May 2001 and again along with the whole album in 2010 as part of the Keys to Ascension box set along with its companion album Keys to Ascension 2.
The last two tracks "Be the One" and "That, That Is" are studio recordings of new songs made in November 1995 (with subsequent overdubs and post-production lasting into 1996). Other live recordings not released on this album were held over for release in 1997 on Keys to Ascension 2.
|Disc one (Live tracks)|
|1.||"Siberian Khatru"||Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman||10:16|
|2.||"The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)"||Anderson, Chris Squire, Howe, Wakeman, Alan White||20:31|
|Disc two (Studio tracks)|
||Anderson, Squire, Howe||13:06|
|3.||"Be the One"
||Anderson, Squire, Howe||9:50|
|4.||"That, That Is"
||Anderson, Howe, Squire, White||19:15|
- Jon Anderson - vocals, harp, guitars
- Chris Squire - bass (piccolo bass on "Be the One"), backing vocals
- Steve Howe - guitar, backing vocals (6 string bass on "Be The One")
- Rick Wakeman - keyboards
- Alan White - drums
- Produced By Yes & Tom Fletcher
- Mixed By Tom Fletcher, Bill Smith & Billy Sherwood
- Engineered By Bill Smith & Tom Fletcher
Keys to Ascension (Essential EDF CD 417) reached #48 in the UK. It also reached #99 in the US during a chart stay of two weeks.
- "Top Pop Albums 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c. 2002