Yes DVD-Audio Releases as Rick Wakeman Joins Group on Tour

Progressive rock super-group Yes, have a busy year ahead. Not only are the band to embark on a summer tour of the United States, but they’ll also be releasing two DVD-Audio discs.

The big news for Yes fans is that former member Rick Wakeman (keyboards) will re-join the much-revered line-up of vocalist Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White for the tour, which kicks off on July 17th in Seattle.

On June 6th, Rhino/Elektra Records will release ‘Magnification’ on DVD-Audio, it will be followed on July 16th by ‘In a Word: Yes (1969 -)’ a five-CD boxed set charting the entire repertoire of the group, from their inception to the 2001 album ‘Magnification’ and a DVD-Audio release of ‘Fragile’ is scheduled for the autumn of 2002.

The DVD-Audio version of ‘Magnification’ (originally planned for a May 28th release) will present the 10-song album in both multi-channel (96kHz) and two-channel (192kHz) MLP, together with a Dolby Digital multi-channel mix and 48kHz linear PCM track for DVD-Video players.

The disc will include three bonus tracks: a 3/2.1 video of the title track performed live, plus a live recording of ‘Gates Of Delirium’ and an unreleased studio version of ‘Homeworld’. Larry Groupй, the award winning composer and conductor who provided the orchestrations for every song on the album, has created new liner notes and there will also be DVD-ROM content, lyrics, video interviews and a Windows® screen-saver.

Yes has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, including some of rock’s most enduring and compelling hits such as ‘Roundabout’, ‘Long Distance Runaround’, ‘I’ve Seen All Good People’ and ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’.

A DVD-Audio release of ‘Close to the Edge’ is also planned, but has been delayed until later in the year.