A place to share material from this amazing band, focusing on live recordings never released officially
1979 - Vancouver
May 05, 1979, Vancouver, Canada
An anonymous reader brought us a present. Link and comments by him/her:
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