29 Aug 2007, 15:50

’03 Yes set Finally Makes 2-CD Debut! Stax Legend Hayes gets DVD Treatment from ’05 Backed By Booker T & The MGs!

New York, NY—Eagle Rock Entertainment will open its Montreux vault again on September 4 when it releases Yes Live At Montreux 2003 as a 2-CD set. Yes has had a long history in this Swiss town of recording many of its classic 1970s albums there. Yet a palpable sense of expectancy hovered above the stage as Yes debuted at the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival with arguably its greatest lineup ever of singer Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and drummer Alan White.

Eighteen songs spanning over 40 years from a band still at the height of its artistic power came to almost magical fruition when ageless singer Anderson counted off to the show-ending “Roundabout” sending thousands of already on-their-feet music fans into a dizzying rapture. Yes historians and the band itself have long regarded this particular gig as probably the finest singular show ever to be caught for posterity. It had been held up for years before Eagle was able to release it on DVD in late ’06. Now, with the release of this 2-CD set, more prog-rock enthusiasts and casual fans can understand why Yes, above all others, can claim itself as the ultimate Progressive Rock purveyor.

Influential soul legend Isaac Hayes has been enjoying a career renaissance of late what with the reactivation of the Stax Records label in Memphis. It was there where he cut his greatest sides and also helped on some of the legendary hits of other artists since the 1960s. Author of the Grammy Award-winning theme to the Oscar Award winning Shaft…creator of one of the greatest soul albums in the history of rhythm’n’blues (1969’s Hot Buttered Soul)…voice of South Park’s Chef, Hayes has transcended his bountiful soul into becoming an American icon. The extended encore—when he is joined by Booker T & The MGs—is a veritable lesson in soul history as it encompasses many of the songs for other artists that Hayes had a hand in creating including Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man” and many others. The 133-minute DVD carries a $14.98 retail price.


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