Royal Albert Hall
December 1, 1980
Source: Radio Broadcast
In late 1979 Jon Anderson left Yes for a solo career. He recorded the album Song of Seven and subsequently embarked on an extensive tour in support of the album with a large band that went under the name The New Life Band. The Sheffield Concert was a gig from The Song of Seven Tour in the UK 1980. The nine piece line-up provides a generous set list including a number of key Yes songs, a medley with his work in collaboration with Vangelis, as well as most songs from Jon's solo album Song of Seven.
Very different from his music with Yes, most songs from Song of Seven are short and simple. The exception is the long progressive piece homonimous to the album, which is its pièce-de-resistance, especially for Yes fans.
1) Intro (1:46)
2) Yes Medley (25:03)
To Be Over
Long Distance Runaround
I've Seen All Good People (Pt 1)
Revealing Science Of God
I've Seen All Good People (Pt 2)
The Remembering (High The Memory)
Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil)
3) Some Are Born (4:06)
4) Don't Forget (Nostalgia) (3:17)
5) Petrushka (8:57) (composed by Stravinsky)
6) Far Away In Baagad / Bird Song / One More Time (13:41) (originally appeared on the album Short Stories, by Jon and Vangelis)
7) Hear It (2:43)
8) Take Your Time (3:36)
9) Song Of Seven (10:50)
On the official release "Live in Sheffield" recorded 2 days later, the following are credited as musicians:
- Barry DeSouza / drums
- Jo Partridge / guitars
- Ronnie Leahy / keyboards
- John Giblin / bass
- Morris Pert / drums, percussion
- Christopher Rainbow / vocals
- Dick Morrisay / saxophone
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In 1988, the IRS No Speak label began releasing albums in the "Guitar Speak" trilogy. In this project, various guitarists were called upon to provide new material for compilation releases.
The excellence of Steve Howe's piece wasn't surprising to me. "Sharp On Attack" (which has since resurfaced in an alternate form on Homebrew) is an excellent display of Howe's talents. Steve uses more guitars on his piece than anyone else on this album (five, to be precise), and the internal diversity which results makes it well worth it. The acoustic opening provides excellent flavouring, and the middle section of the piece ranks among Howe's better melodies of recent years. This piece must be considered as the second official installment in Howe's redemption for the early 1980s (with "Sketches In The Sun" being the first), and it does its job well.
(quoted from the excellent blog jazz-rock-fusion-guitar - find the link to it on your right)
In this video, Steve plays his song, now with just one guitar, and, as my friend says, he shows us he was alive and well in the 80s!