Keys to Ascension 2

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Keys to Ascension 2
Live album / Studio album by Yes
Released 3 November 1997
Recorded March – November 1996
Genre Progressive rock
Length 101:51
Label Essential Records
Producer Yes and Billy Sherwood
Yes chronology
Keys to Ascension
(1996)
Keys to Ascension 2
(1997)
Open Your Eyes
(1997)
Cover on some releases of the album
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Vox 2/5 stars[2]

Keys to Ascension 2 is a double album by the British progressive rock group Yes and was released in 1997.

It is the band's fifth live album and sixteenth studio album. It is the successor to the critically acclaimed Keys to Ascension 2-CD set from 1996. The album reached No. 62 in the UK. It is the last album with Rick Wakeman until returning and staying with the group from 2002 to 2004, but not involved in any studio recording.

Overview[edit]

Album content[edit]

Like the first seven tracks on the previous album, the first six tracks on Keys to Ascension 2 were recorded live in San Luis Obispo, California in March 1996. The second disc features studio recordings made in November 1996. Rick Wakeman wanted these studio tracks to be released with Jon Anderson's working title Know, with the disc of live tracks thrown in as a bonus. Wakeman's preference was not honoured and by the time Keys to Ascension 2 was released, he was no longer in the band. [1]

Song info[edit]

"Mind Drive" would be Yes' eighth and last song over 18 minutes until "Fly from Here" in 2011. The song was originally a concept that the band XYZ, which featured Chris Squire, Alan White and Jimmy Page, wrote and demoed in 1981. It was later incorporated in a drum duet between Alan White and Bill Bruford on the 1991–1992 Union tour.

"Bring Me to the Power" references the original title of Talk, History of the Future.

"Children of Light" was originally written by Jon and Vangelis in 1986 as "Distant Thunder". "Distant Thunder" was later demoed by Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe during the recording of their self-titled album, later appearing as a hidden track on the 2011 limited edition of the album. The lyrics to "Distant Thunder" ended up in Yes' Union tourbook in April 1991. On 8 May 1994, Jon Anderson performed the song via radio on the Tommy Vance show. During a Mother's Day concert on 12 May 1996, Jon Anderson performed "Children of Light" and said he hoped it would appear on a Yes album, which it did.

"Lightning", Rick Wakeman's introduction to "Children of Light", was mixed out before the album's release. "Lightning" was restored to the track on the 2001 compilation Keystudio. The "Distant as the distant thunder..." introduction, as heard on Keys to Ascension 2, was mixed out on the Keystudio version.

Packaging[edit]

Keys to Ascension 2 features cover art by Roger Dean on an outer sleeve that fits around the package. On the sleeve, the image's predominant colour is magenta, but the booklet features the painting in its original blue colouration.

Reissues[edit]

The studio tracks from this album and Keys to Ascension would be re-released on Keystudio. The whole album was reissued in 2010 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.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one: Live
No. Title Writers Length
1. "I've Seen All Good People" (Live track)
  • I. Your Move
  • II. All Good People)
Jon Anderson, Chris Squire 7:15
2. "Going for the One" (Live track) Anderson 4:59
3. "Time and a Word" (Live track) Anderson, David Foster 6:23
4. "Close to the Edge" (Live track)
  • I. The Solid Time of Change
  • II. Total Mass Retain
  • III. I Get Up I Get Down
  • IV. Seasons of Man)
Anderson, Steve Howe 19:41
5. "Turn of the Century" (Live track) Anderson, Howe, White 7:55
6. "And You and I" (Live track)
  • I. Cord of Life
  • II. Eclipse
  • III. The Preacher the Teacher
  • IV. "Apocalypse)
Jon Anderson; themes by Bill Bruford, Howe, Squire 10:50
Disc two: Studio
No. Title Writers Length
1. "Mind Drive"   Anderson, Squire, White, Howe, Rick Wakeman 18:37
2. "Foot Prints"   Anderson, Squire, Howe, White 9:07
3. "Bring Me to the Power"   Anderson, Howe 7:23
4. "Children of Light
  • I. Children of Light
  • II. Lifeline"  
Anderson, Howe, Squire, Vangelis, Wakeman 6:03
5. "Sign Language"   Howe, Wakeman 3:28

Personnel[edit]

Yes
Production
  • Produced By Yes & Tom Fletcher
  • Engineered By Tom Fletcher & Billy Sherwood
  • Mixed By Tom Fletcher
  • Mastered By Joe Gastwirt

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keys to Ascension 2 at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  2. ^ Ewing, Jerry. Vox, February 2008. Albums. YES - Keys to Ascension 2 P. 77
  • "Top Pop Albums 1955–2001", Joel Whitburn, c. 2002