April 5, 2009 – 4:18 am

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Boston 1974 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Boston Garden, Boston, MA, December 11, 1974. King Biscuit Flower Hour radio broadcast.

The early ’70s were very good years for Yes - with hit albums such as Fragile (1971) and Close To The Edge (1972). While 1973’s Tales From Topographic Oceans went gold, fans were divided over the album - some found it too excessive. The critical divide continued with 1974’s Relayer, a situation made more difficult with the departure of ace keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who was replaced by Patrick Moraz.

While the progressive rock elements of Yes were still in place - Jon Anderson’s high vocals; lengthy musical excursions (no three-minute pop songs there) and well crafted music, the “loss” of Wakeman tended to push Steve Howe into the forefront.

Commenting on one of the various versions of this show that was shared on the internet, Yes fan NorthNYMark said: “What a fantastic show - including the rarely-performed To Be Over…” Another fan, bei1016, said: “I’ve had lower quality pieces of this for years, and it’s been a “holy grail” item for me.”

This is what said: “Sound Chaser opens the concert like a thunderstorm. It was a hell of an opener, and the band really can play all the complex sections with no difficulty!… On To be Over [Moraz] shows us his best, in mellotron and various keyboards. The song is a bit too contrived to be played live, but it’s still a perfect piece… Howe’s steel guitar is not to be missed.”

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.King Biscuit lead in (0:53) (1.2MB)
Firebird Intro (1:37) (2.2MB)
Sound Chaser (10:15) (14.0MB)
To Be Over (9:56) (13.6MB)
And You And I (9:39) (13.2MB)
Close To The Edge (19:52) (27.9MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Roundabout (8:54) (12.2MB)

Jon Anderson - vocals, guitar, percussion
Chris Squire - bass
Steve Howe - guitars
Alan White - drums
Patrick Moraz - keyboards

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  1. 11 Responses to “YES - BOSTON 1974”

  2. All Hail Prog and you folks at BigOZine!!! Now, can we get a live “Gates of Delerium” Relayer Tour?

    If you have not already done so, all fans should immediately get the live ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans” while it is still up on this site!

    Again, all hail Prog and you folks at BigOZine!!!

    By Kevin on Apr 5, 2009

  3. Agreed, ALL HAIL PROG!! Thanks for yet ANOTHER
    incredible Yes show!! Please keep up the great work and again,keep the Prog coming!!!!PLEASE!!!

    By Jason on Apr 5, 2009

  4. Great show!!!!!!!!

    By Rochacrimson on Apr 5, 2009

  5. Yes Fans - check out the “Wolfgang’s Vault” site for a complete show from the King Biscuit recordings made on December 10, 1974 in New Haven, CT. This show has the songs listed above plus “Gates of Delirium”, “Soon” and “Ritual - Nous Sommes du Soliel” from TFTO. I saw this tour in Madison, WI while in college and feel that it was the most musically adventurous of the many Yes shows I have seen. Patrick Moraz added a needed freshness to the band and led to some very fierce live performances. Thanks, as always, to the BigO for the post!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Apr 5, 2009

  6. better yet get the New Haven show here:

    By satyricon on Apr 6, 2009

  7. FLAC files of the Boston show (including ‘Gates of Delirium’) found at:

    By satyricon on Apr 6, 2009

  8. Thanks for the recording but the original Biscuit show also had Gates of Delirium. Please post it. It did not unfortunately have Ritual. Who has the best SQ of Ritual from the ‘74 tour?
    Thanks for great work as always.

    By freed on Apr 6, 2009

  9. Thanks for sharing these Yes shows. They make a great addition to my collection.

    By Matt on Apr 9, 2009

  10. Thanks for the surplus of Yes shows. They made a great addition to my collection. You guys are the BEST!!

    By Hulkzilla on Apr 11, 2009

  11. this is a killer show-many thanks!

    By Luis Torregrosa on Nov 15, 2009

  12. This recording is a little like the original Relayer studio album, a little muddy sounding. I was trying to compare this with Yes, “New Jersey 1976″. Hard to call.

    By leipzig on Jan 15, 2011

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