It is the band’s first live album featuring lead vocalist Jon Davison and keyboardist Geoff Downes in the band’s line-up.
Comprised of selections from the rock group’s celebrated studio releases from 1970s, ‘Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome’ offers dedicated followers who weren’t able to catch YES on tour in 2014 a professionally captured glimpse into how the band performs in the absence of founding frontman Jon Anderson and with the assistance of lead vocalist Jon Davison.
The effort was made available on two-CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats starting December 9 2014 via Frontiers Records, and shows the lineup of Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist Chris Squire and percussionist Alan White running through selections from 1971’s ‘The Yes Album’ and 1977’s ‘Going For The One.’ Included in the feature’s track listing are such numbers as “Perpetual Change,” “Wonderous Stories” and “Starship Trooper.”
“These are two bodies of music that many of the most devout YES fans wanted to hear in their entirety,” Downes said in a press statement announcing the album. “I believe our performance at the Bristol Hippodrome was among the most compelling of the entire tour.” Perhaps the only odd quality found on ‘Like It Is’ is that there are no selections from YES’ then most recent studio album ‘Heaven & Earth,’ which served as Davison’s studio debut with the band.