Slaves To The Rhythm
(MVD Visual / Wienerworld)


Producer / performer Trevor Horn is best remembered by Yes fans for being a member of the band during the Drama era as well as for producing their 1983 comeback album 90125. The Yes connection comes sharply into focus on the 2009 DVD release of Slaves To The Rhythm, a live concert event paying tribute to Horn’s most famous artists / productions. Released on the U.K. based Wienerworld and handled Stateside through MVD Visual, the nearly 3 hour live DVD features a number of bands associated with Horn including Yes, Horn’s own group The Buggles, Art Of Noise, ABC, Seal, Pet Shop Boys, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and more. Filmed live at Wembley Arena, the 2004 event was a concert for the Prince’s Trust and the DVD even features a cameo from Prince Charles. Also featuring a number of gifted musicians as part of the house band, the DVD is supplanted by two documentaries, a juke box feature and a 5.1 dolby digital mix of the concert. Interesting that at the time of this show, Chris Squire of Yes was about to start recording the Syndestructible CD with a new lineup of his pre-Yes band The Syn. The timely collision of history and new music couldn’t have been any cooler! The Yes segment of the concert DVD is essential for Yes fans as the lineup on the DVD features Squire, Alan White, Geoff Downes and both Steve Howe and Trevor Rabin blazing away together and sharing the spotlight on lead guitars. Conspicuously, Jon Anderson is not here with this lineup reflecting the Drama era. With many highlights to choose from, Trevor Horn’s tribute concert was superbly staged and the DVD accurately reflects the care and clarity that went into preserving this once in a lifetime event.


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