Label: Atlantic - 7567-82667-2 • Format: CD HDCD, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Unofficial Release • Country: Russia • Genre: Rock • Style: Art Rock, Prog Rock
Keys to Ascension 2 is the fifth live and sixteenth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes. After guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Moonlight On Vermont - Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Trout Mask Replica Wakeman returned to the band inthe group relocated to San Luis Obispo, California and started to write new material.
The reunion of this particular line-up was promoted with three concerts at the city's Fremont Theater in Marchthe five's first live performance together since Keys to Ascension 2 features Mind Drive - Yes - Fragile remaining half of the live set from the shows and five studio new tracks including two ones which marked a return to the Mind Drive - Yes - Fragile writing long-form pieces.
Keys to Ascension 2 received mixed reviews from music critics. It reached No. A promotional North American tour was scheduled to start in Junebut it was cancelled after Wakeman had already been booked for other projects which led to his departure from the band.
The studio material from the Keys to Ascension albums was compiled on Keystudioand both albums were reissued in their entirety in andthe latter with the concert video as a bonus disc. In mid, guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Rick Wakeman returned to the group which had also comprised lead vocalist Jon Andersonbassist Chris Squireand drummer Alan White.
The five assembled in San Luis ObispoCalifornia to rehearse and record new studio material which included concerts at the city's Fremont Theater from 4—6 Marchthe first live performance of this particular line-up since The first half of their live set from the shows, plus two new studio tracks, were released as Keys to Ascension in October by Essential Records.
By the time Keys to Ascension was released, the label had expressed a wish for the group to put out roughly 45 minutes of new studio material with the remaining unreleased live tracks from the concerts as a second instalment of the Keys to Ascension series.
The band agreed, and had a deadline to hand over the finished album by the end of November in exchange for a sum of money from the label that Christmas. Disc one contains the remaining unreleased live tracks from the three shows at the Fremont Theatre in March Disc two contains five studio tracks that were recorded in the course of a year Mind Drive - Yes - Fragile the fall of This prompted Squire to suggest Billy Mind Drive - Yes - Fragile who had played additional guitars during Yes's tour, to complete production on the studio material and additional recording, Untitled Love - Stert - Feelings EP, and mixing.
He reasoned this down to the sense of maturity in the songs and the greater amount of input from the band in terms of what they and other members played, something that had not been done for a long time.
A demo version was recorded by Anderson Bruford Mind Drive - Yes - Fragile Howe which was included as a hidden track on the reissue of Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe The lyrics to the song was printed on the band's tour book.
The original version of "Children of the Light" included a keyboard introduction written by Wakeman entitled "Lightning", but it was removed prior to the album's release. InHowe said that the introduction was taken off following the group's overall dissatisfaction with it, an opinion that the record company also shared.
The version of "Children of the Light" on the compilation, however, has a verse removed. As with its predecessor, Keys to Ascension 2 features cover art by Roger Dean on an outer sleeve that fits around the package. The studio tracks from this album and Keys to Ascension were rereleased on Keystudio. The whole album was reissued in along with its earlier companion album Keys to Ascension and the concert video of the same name as part of the Keys to Ascension box set.
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