YES has returned to the recordings made in late 2010 to mix the four completed tracks as new content for a miniature five-piece box set of recordings from that era.
The box features two booklets and three discs containing the four studio tracks and "Live From Lyon 2009", all of which were recorded by the lineup of Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Benoit David and Oliver Wakeman:
01. To The Moment (6:09)
02. Words On A Page (6:18)
03. From The Turn Of A Card (3:24)
04. The Gift Of Love (9:52)
Oliver Wakeman has personally overseen the preparation of the previously unreleased recordings which were mixed by Karl Groom and mastered by Mike Pietrini.
The box and one of the booklets feature new artwork by Roger Dean, and the graphic design was undertaken by Oliver Wakeman, plus the set also includes his newly written liner notes about his time in the band.
The double CD album "Live From Lyon" was first released in 2010 and this edition restores "Second Initial", which was previously a Japanese-only bonus track. The booklet for "Live From Lyon" has been re-designed and expanded.
Steve Howe described the project: "Good music never goes away or lays down to the commercial pressures that exist. Oliver's compositions, 'To The Moment', 'Words On A Page' and 'From The Turn Of A Card', demonstrate his musicality and talents, while working together on its arrangement 'The Gift Of Love' explores the collaborative essence of YES, pooling ideas and then working together on its arrangement, whilst utilizing all of its many themes and variations. Karl Groom and Roger Dean both contributed their skills towards making this a worthy further 'page' in YES's long and diverse musical adventures."
Oliver Wakeman says: "Following Chris Squire's passing, I felt that the new music we'd created, but not released, should be heard and not sit unfinished on a shelf. And with Steve, Alan and Benoit's enthusiasm for the project, I am proud to know that this music will get to see the light of day and, hopefully, be enjoyed by YES fans as a piece of previously hidden YES history."
Alan White added: "I'm pleased to see a gem of YES history coming to fruition in the form of this mini box set. New songs from the past and I'm hoping we can find even more music in the archives for future releases."
The set is in stock now and exclusively available from the band's own Burning Shed store and it cannot be bought in the shops or on Amazon.