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This is a soundboard recording from Yes’ Tormato tour. I don’t know why this was recorded so well (perhaps for a radio broadcast?) but the sound quality and mixing goes well beyond what any reasonable person would expect from a bootleg. This recording was originally available on a three LP bootleg named Seventh Age Imagination. That artwork is included in the ID3 tags, just for shits and giggles. This is the entire concert minus the “Firebird Suite” intro and the “I’ve Seen All Good People” > “Roundabout” encore. If you’re at all familiar with Yes you’ve heard those two songs about a bazillion time already, so no great loss.
What appeals most to me are the liberties Yes took with their own music. For example, long songs are short—short songs are long. Also, most of the songs segue into the next, and not just the usual “Long Distance Runaround “> “The Fish” transition, which shouldn’t really count anyhow. Speaking of “The Fish,” Squires Bass solo morph’s in a Tales from Topographic Oceans suite at its end.
How suite is that? Very, or I wouldn’t have posted it.
This is the Classic Yes lineup at their peak, rocking their ass off right before the birth of punk rock and at the peak of disco, thumbing their noses at all of it with heaping helpings of pure, unadulterated talent.
01 Siberian Khatru 02 Heart of the Sunrise 03 Future Times Rejoice 04 Circus of Heaven 05 Time and a Word 06 Long Distance Runaround 07 The Fish (with Tale’s Medley) 08 Perpetual Change 09 Soon 10 The Clap 11 And You and I 12 Rick Wakeman Solo 13 Starship Trooper 14 Awaken
This show, one of the best bootlegs from 2004, was already available here, but now you can also download the video! It was broadcast on Swiss/Italian TV and starts with an interview with Rick Wakeman.
Disc one 1-Firebird Suite 2-Going for the one 3-Sweet Dreams 4-I've seen all good people 5-Mind Drive part 1 6-South Side of the Sky 7-Footprints 8-Mind Drive part 2 9-Yours is no disgrace 10-Steve Howe solo 11-Rick Wakeman solo
Disc two 1-Long distance runaround 2-The fish 3-Whitefish 4-Owner of a lonely heart 5-Rhythm of love 6-And you and I 7-Starship Trooper 8-Roundabout
This show was recorded for the famous radio show King Biscuit Flower Hour, and it presents Yes at the very beginning of Relayer tour. The whole album is played, and all the arrangements are quite similar to the studio ones. Sound Chaser opens the concert like a thunderstorm, and we can't help but get amazed when they really can play all the complex sections with no difficulty! Close to the Edge shows us that Moraz, being an awesome keyboardist in hiw own style, is one of the worse copycats they could find for Rick Wakeman. His solo near the end is almost ridiculous, and all through the song he's very low on the mix - luckily! But on To be Over he shows us his best, rivalling Rick when it comes to the number of keyboards used. He once said his synth solo in the end of the song was improvised in the studio, but it was so complex that he had to write it down to play live. That's my favourite live performance of the song (ok, there weren't many others...) The Gates of Delirium has an awesome stereo sound here, perhaps even better than the one in Yesshows, the mix is perfect, alll instruments are loud and Squire's powerful bass is very clear (especially his counterpoints inSoon).
Setlist: Firebird Suite Sound Chaser Close To The Edge To Be Over The Gates Of Delirium And You And I Roundabout
This show has been released in many different bootlegs: Close To The Edge, The Affirmery, The Gates Of Boston Gardenand others.
(according to ForgottenYesterdays Ritual was played, but there's no known version of this)