YES - 1971 SOUNDBOARDS

April 4, 2009 – 4:24 am

CHRIS  SQUIRE R.I.P. 1948-2015

Chris Squire, best known as the bassist and backing vocalist for prog rock group Yes, has passed away on June 27, 2015 in his home in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 67. Squire had revealed in May that he had been recently diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia, which would force him to miss the band’s summer co-headlining tour with Toto. Yes were formed in 1968 when singer Jon Anderson met self-taught bassist Squire in London. Their big break came a year later when they signed to Atlantic Records after opening for Janis Joplin at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Their debut single, Sweetness, and first album, Yes, were released later that year. The group’s most recent studio album, Heaven & Earth, came out in 2014. Squire, who was born in Kingsbury, north-west London, was the only member of the group to feature on every studio album. He was widely regarded as the dominant bass guitarist among the early ’70s British progressive rock bands, influencing peers and later generations of bassists with his incisive sound and elaborately contoured, melodic bass lines. Chris was commonly known by his nickname, “Fish”, and the name is also associated with many of his works, such as Fish Out Of Water and the solo piece, The Fish. - BBC, wikipedia

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YES
1971 Soundboards [no label, 1CD]

Live at Gothenburg, Sweden, January 24, 1971; Yale Bowl, New Haven, CT, July 24, 1971.

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.

This is what The TooleMan noted:

“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. ”

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Gothenburg - January 24, 1971:
Track 01. All Good People (10.8MB)
Track 02. Astral Traveler (9.9MB)
Track 03. Everydays (16.1MB)

New Haven - July 24, 1971:
Track 04. Yours Is No Disgrace (16.7MB)
Track 05. All Good People (9.9MB)
Track 06. Clap/Classical Gas (7.9MB)
Track 07. Perpetual Change (20.0MB)

Lineup:
Jon Anderson - vocals
Chris Squire - bass, vocals
Bill Bruford - drums
Tony Kaye - keyboards
Steve Howe - guitar

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  1. 18 Responses to “YES - 1971 SOUNDBOARDS”

  2. When you were “punching up the EQ” you should have boosted the bass or cut the treble. It sounds pretty tinny.

    By John Neumann on Apr 4, 2009

  3. Whoops- I take that back- didn’t realize my subwoofer was unplugged- sounds good!

    By John Neumann on Apr 4, 2009

  4. ‘THANK YOOOOOOOOOOOO’
    for this and all the other great stuff you share

    By Mal on Apr 4, 2009

  5. Wonderful, this brings back memories of midwestern midnights listening to Beaker Street on KAAY out of Little Rock.
    Keep up the great work.

    By James Smith on Apr 4, 2009

  6. AMAZING! Thanks so much for this incredible Yes material! Keep the Prog coming!!!! MORE,MORE!!!!

    By Jason on Apr 4, 2009

  7. WOWOWOW! I’ve never seen any live recordings featuring Astral Traveler and Everydays, not to mention Classical Gas! And in such fine quality! AMAZING!

    By Sluggo714 on Apr 5, 2009

  8. Really nice recording. Great job Tooleman, as most recordings I’ve got from this time period are muddy, tinny, thin, or at the wrong speed. Thanks for making this available!

    By smf on Apr 7, 2009

  9. Thanks for the show..Great Job as usual Big O !
    Referencing James Smith’s comment…very cool that you remember KAAY. We picked it up on AM in Chicago during the summer nights back in the early 70’s and heard of ton of deep album cuts and great material from YES, Spooky Tooth, Wishbone Ash, etc. Brings back the days James !

    By zemoe12 on Apr 7, 2009

  10. Clyde Clifford on Beaker Street
    awesome!

    By Chris Pipkins on Apr 9, 2009

  11. Great show, great sound. Thanks!

    By MrBill on Apr 11, 2009

  12. Keep them coming! Great show. Howe does a “number” on Astral Traveller but more than makes up with a stunning performance on Everydays. Easy to hear where the “solo” in the live version (Yessongs) of Yours is No Disgrace came from.

    By Tom on Apr 15, 2009

  13. The early stuff is so great to hear. Best wishes and thanks for such a great job

    By Kookie on Jun 4, 2009

  14. @James Smith and zemoe 12

    ahhh… Clyde Clifford!! Very cool.
    His show was a model for the FM radio shows that followed.
    I’ve never known anyone else who heard Bleaker Street - I used to listen all night.
    I was about 100 miles from Chicago back then.

    By xavieronassis on Mar 4, 2011

  15. …make that Beaker Street.

    By xavieronassis on Mar 4, 2011

  16. “It is wonderful to be in New Haven”, haha, sure, Steve. Nice to hear one of my favorites, ‘Astral Traveler’, and anything from the very underrated “Time and a Word”, although, I would have liked to heard the original ambiance before ‘The TooleMan’ made his adjustments.

    By Zaar Locust on Aug 21, 2011

  17. hey zaar, i like this yes show. i got it two years ago and every single yes show big offered. the best one is roosevelt stadium, jersey city. i play it the most. all the hits.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Aug 21, 2011

  18. Amazing era for the band, Tony Kaye is such an underrated keyboardist! Thank you!

    By Strawberrybrick on Dec 30, 2017

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