YES - JERSEY CITY 1976

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YES
Jersey City 1976 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey; June 17, 1976. Very good Pre-FM.

Thanks to ledwhofloyd for sharing the show at Dime.

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Original Notes (2001):

This show was simulcast over WNEW-FM in New York and WMMR in Philadelphia. The reels were taped from the WNEW archives to a cassette that was then transferred to DAT. It is not known if the archive reels were live or if they were made from the broadcast. There were DJs at the show providing commentary and voice over so their presence on this recording doesn’t really clarify this issue. The reels themselves were not stored in ideal conditions and had suffered some damage as a result.

The show does contain some sonic flaws - the mix in places is a bit weird, and there are some dropouts early on and a couple of level fluctuations here and there. The sound improves as the show goes on.

This show was one of the few widely circulated Yes bootlegs in the pre-CD era, but often circulated with many analog generations and bad cuts. It has never been rebroadcast in its entirety, though excerpts were broadcast in the late 70s as part of the Westwood One “Night on the Road” series.

This is the cleanest sounding source I’ve heard, and unless the tapes at WMMR’s archive are in better condition its probably the best its going to get.

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Additional Notes:

So this is the radio broadcast master for famous Roosevelt Stadium show - probably my favorite unofficial Yes recording. Here’s the story:

“The concert was originally broadcast on WNEW from New York. According to former WNEW-FM DJ Richard Neer in his book, ‘FM’, there was no mixing of the show being done by the radio station engineers; the feed going out over the air was what the guy doing Yes’ sound sent out. (This was because the manager of WNEW at the time was too cheap to pay Neer and a sound engineer companion of his the few hundred bucks extra they would have charged to do an on-the-fly broadcast mix). Hence the rather interesting variations in sound quality as the show progressed.” – Forgotten Yesterdays.com

Therefore, although this audio wasn’t mixed in advance of the broadcast and may not be considered pre-FM according to the strictest definition, it is “basically” pre-FM. It was clearly not recorded off-the-air because there is frequency content up to 18 kHz. It is a bit more raw than a typical pre-FM simply because this was being mixed in real-time. You might consider this a soundboard, although I prefer the pre-FM terminology since the show was broadcast.

For at least the last 10 years or so, my impression is that this show has primarily circulated as the TheTooleman remaster (2002 or 2007 version) or the PRRP 009 remaster. The original master source from the WNEW broadcast reels has perhaps fallen through the cracks of time. I find the original audio excellent and I think it can stand on its own without such extensive remastering. That is my opinion - you may prefer those remastered versions and certainly TheTooleman and PRRP have a lot of well-earned respect among Yes/progressive rock fans and the ROIO community in general.

I must say though that it is odd that the PRRP remaster used the 2002 TheTooleman remaster as the source audio - probably not the best idea in general when both parties are doing significant processing of the audio. In this particular case, the waveform for the 2002 TheTooleman remaster has somewhat of a brickwalled appearance with lots of compression and that is then carried over into the PRRP remaster. In contrast, the dynamics in this master broadcast reel source audio look great and I think it would be good to try and keep it that way if this is remastered again. All this would of course be easier to discuss if more detailed notes were provided with those remasters - but hey, that was 15-20 years ago so it’s water under the bridge now. I’m sure they did the best they could with whatever software was available at the time. Those remasters still sound “fine”.

And this is not to say that the raw audio from the WNEW master broadcast reel is perfect. As pointed out in the original notes, there are occasionally channel dropouts and the levels do vary a bit. Fortunately, almost all the dropouts/static occur between songs and during the radio announcer chatter. Also, the dropouts occur only in the left channel. There are a few cuts in the audio, but they are quite minor except for one during the middle of Ritual. I don’t think that much of the song of is lost - maybe 20 seconds. There is an occasional buzz in the left channel that can be most easily heard during some quiet segments. In fact, attenuating that buzz was one of the major efforts in the PRRP remaster, but to reiterate, my understanding is that they did that work on TheTooleman’s already remastered (2002) audio. I am not tackling the buzzing issue here though because my goal is not to remaster this.

Most significantly, the original notes make mention of a weird mix, particularly in the beginning of the show. I have identified that the actual reason for the weird sound at the start is not so much the mix but because of stereo phase cancellation. Simply put, the left and the right channels were completely out of phase/inverted for some reason. This causes the audio from the two speakers to destructively interfere with each other, particularly at low frequencies, resulting in a “thin” sound. Fortunately, this can be corrected by inverting one of the channels and I have done so. The improvement for the first few songs is quite dramatic. The phase cancellation phenomena reappears during many of the radio announcer chatter segments but not during any of the songs in the later part of the show.

I have prepared two versions of this radio broadcast master: 1) A raw version where I have just fixed the phase cancellation issue, and 2) A revised/edited version where I have also adjusted the levels and “fixed” the dropouts by copying the right channel to the left. Although releasing two versions of this master broadcast is somewhat excessive, I feel it is appropriate given the significance of this show and the importance to properly archive it in a minimally edited form. For example, I can imagine that certain users may want to do their own more extensive remaster and it’s best if they have a more raw source to work with. Additionally, I can imagine that some users may just want to listen to a more authentic radio broadcast with the dropouts. On the other hand, most people probably just want to listen to the show with balanced levels and no dropouts.

This is the more revised version 2).

Channel inversion:
-Inverted the right channel from 01:22.465 - 30:51.273 (Apocalypse Introduction through to the first ~32 seconds of The Gates Of Delirium)
-Inverted the left channel from 52:33.683 - 52:41.040 (radio chatter after The Gates Of Delirium)
-Inverted the left channel from 77:29.293 - 77:38.840 (radio chatter after Heart Of The Sunrise)
-Inverted the left channel from 104:40.261 - 105:50.345 (radio chatter after Ritual)
-Inverted the left channel from 115:30.292 - 115:34.463 (radio chatter after Roundabout)
Note that it is a pretty arbitrary decision for which channel to invert. I changed my mind to invert the left channel when I realized that it was the consistently more problematic channel, but I didn’t feel like going back and reversing my decision for the first part of the show.

Dropout/static fixes: I always copied the right channel to the left
-a couple roughly ~3-5 second segments near the end of Siberian Khatru due to static
-4 s in between I’ve Seen All Good People and The Gates Of Delirium due to a complete dropout
-2 s at the start of Long Distance Runaround due to static
-4 s about 8 minutes into Heart Of The Sunrise due to static
-4 s during the radio chatter after Ritual due to a complete dropout
-1 s just before Roundabout due to a complete dropout
-two instances for extended stretches during the radio chatter after Roundabout due to static and complete dropout
-5 s almost immediately after I’m Down due to static, a complete dropout and an odd volume increase

Level adjustment:
-Too many adjustments to list them all
-I adjusted both the left and right channel levels at points, usually by < 2 dB from the original value
-I tended to amplify the weaker channel rather than deamplify the stronger one because there was plenty of headroom available
-I left plenty of headroom, and there was no danger of clipping
-If I applied a relatively large step change in the level (> 1 dB), I usually tried to blend that in to avoid introducing audible discontinuties
-Notably, the audio for the first 4 minutes or so had particularly low levels so both channels needed to be amplified significantly
-Notably, the levels in the left channel for The Gates of Delirium are particularly high in the raw audio

I checked the pitch/speed and it’s already basically perfect.

I also did some minor retracking by splitting up the Introduction into the broadcast introduction and the Apocalypse introduction, and cutting Track 15 very close to the start and end of I’m Down. I also relabeled the files.

I did these edits in Audacity on combined tracks created with Foobar2000. TLH was used to fix SBE and create a new checksum.

ledwhofloyd, October 2021

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Lineage:
WNEW master broadcast reels (basically pre-FM)
Revised version - Fixed phase cancellation, fixed dropouts, and adjusted levels
Source: Cassette master > DAT >Tascam DA-20 mkII > Lucid PCI24 soundcard > Soundforge 4.5 > hard drive > CD Wav > SHN (no DAE at all)
Transferred by Syd Schwartz [email protected] Dec 2001
Additional lineage: SHN > TLH > FLAC > Foobar2000 (combine tracks) > WAV > Audacity > WAV > Foobar2000 (split tracks) > FLAC > TLH > FLAC [level 8]

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Disc 1
Track 101. Broadcast Introduction 1:22
Track 102. Apocalypse Introduction 1:17
Track 103. Siberian Khatru 9:15
Track 104. Sound Chaser 11:04
Track 105. I’ve Seen All Good People 7:20
Track 106. The Gates Of Delirium 22:25
Track 107. Long Distance Runaround 2:10
Track 108. Patrick Moraz Solo 4:15
Track 109. Clap 3:39
Track 110. Harp Solo 3:52
67 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Heart Of The Sunrise 11:15
Track 202. Ritual 26:45
Track 203. Radio Announcer 2:13
Track 204. Roundabout 10:22
205. I’m Down - Removed due to official release on Yesyears boxset (1991)
Track 206. Broadcast Outro 2:10
53 mins

Lineup:
Jon Anderson - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion
Steve Howe - Lead Guitar
Chris Squire - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Percussion
Patrick Moraz - Keyboards
Alan White - Drums, Percussion

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  1. 37 Responses to “YES - JERSEY CITY 1976”

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    By U L E on Dec 11, 2021

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    By Derrick on Dec 11, 2021

  5. Thanks BigO!

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    http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=177

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  38. One of the best recordings of one of the best Yes line-ups EVER! Thanks BigO!

    By Wally on Dec 19, 2021

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