Friday, September 2, 2011

Yes - 1971 Soundboards [no label, 1CD]

Yes - 1971 Soundboards [no label, 1CD] 
Soundboard 1971-01-24 Gothenburg, Sweeden
1971-07-24 - New Haven, CT Venue: Yale Bowl

 Mp3 @ 192 kbps

 Notes from the Roio - bigO audio archives "
Put it down to the vagaries of time but back in 1971, Yes were a support act, opening for Grand Funk in New Haven. Sure we like Grand Funk’s Are You Ready?, We’re An American Band but to sit through Yes before the main act… Well, Yes are still riffing along today… Back in the day Yes must have given those Grand Funk fans quite a earful. Even as a support act, they were already on top of the game - elaborate and exquisite guitar work (the inclusion of Steve Howe in the band was a timely move), thoughtful instrumentation and thematic songs that could have gone on and on. While the January 1971 gig featured tracks from 1970’s Time And A Word, it gave audiences a taste of what would be a classic in the Yes repertoire - All Good People, which would be found on The Yes Album, released in February 1971. Thanks then to the person who had the interest and the foresight to record these shows and especially to The TooleMan who touched up the sound. A word of thanks too to the person who shared these tracks on the internet."

 The TooleMan notes: “Gothenburg: recordings of this show have been around for a while, but the source tape I was given is as clean as it gets. The audio was a bit bassy, and has been cleaned up. I would bet this was performed in a TV or radio studio. The recording is pre-broadcast, for sure. l don’t know if there is more of this session than appears here, but this is all I’ve ever found. “New Haven: of all the unofficial Yes recordings, this is my favorite. The story is that the taper walked up to the soundboard with a reel to reel recorder and plugged in. The first-generation copy I was given is very clean. “The recording had one major problem: the first seconds of Yours Is No Disgrace are missing. Maybe the leader tape was still running through the machine at that moment, or the taper just didn’t throw the switch in time. I reconstructed those opening notes from a passage later in the song where they are repeated. The result is seamlessly perfect. “I took some liberties in spicing up this otherwise cold-sounding tape by punching up the EQ and adding some delay and stereo ambience to create the effect of an outdoor performance, with sound bouncing off neighboring buildings. I also cranked up the audience response, which was picked up through the stage mics and can barely be heard on the raw tape. I also detected, reflected, injected, infected but not neglected, rejected, inflected, respected, and speed-corrected. “The result is a performance much more “alive” with the vibe of Yes playing in front of one of their first really big audiences (they were opening for Grand Funk), savoring the enthusiastic response from the crowd and probably getting the first vision of their later massive success.

01. All Good People [7:53]
02. Astral Traveler [7:15]
03. Everydays [11:29]
04. Yours Is No Disgrace [11:52]
05. All Good People [7:12]
06. Clap/Classical Gas [5:47]
07. Perpetual Change [14:15]

Total Running Time: 1:05'43"
Songs 01-03: Gothenburg, Sweeden - January 24, 1971
Songs 04-07: New Haven, CT - July 24, 1971

Yes Line Up
Jon Anderson: Vocals
Chris Squire: Bass & Vocals
Bill Bruford: Drums
Tony Kaye: Keyboards
Steve Howe: Guitar


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