YES - NEW JERSEY 1976

April 9, 2009 – 1:54 pm

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YES
Open The Gates [PRRP009, 2CD]

Live at the Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey. June 17, 1976. Very good radio broadcast.

The Yes Relayer tour continues… With the majestic Gates Of Delirium as the show’s linchpin and anchor, this is a popular show that’s been making its rounds among Yes fans. That it’s been touched up by the PRRP (Progressive Rock Remastering Project) team is only the icing on the cake, though according to the CD notes, the sound quality “is generally good to begin with.” [Without the fireworks and the laser display, you only get half the show.]

In the mid-’70s, while music fans were digging into classic rock such as Bruce Springsteen, prog rock and Yes fans might have felt distanced from the “mainstream” but with concerts such as these, they probably felt they were still in good company. The so-called “hits”, anthems would be the better term, were there - Siberian Khatru, Sound Chaser and I’ve Seen All Good People - fans would have walked away happy listening to just the first half of the concert.

But what made the show memorable were the virtuoistic solo performances in the second half. Keyboardist Patrick Moraz, guitarist Steve Howe and Jon Anderson all get the spotlight to themselves and they bring out the gentler side of Yes - lush, sort-of orchestral pieces, portions of which in later years would even be called New Age music.

And to make sure you leave with a smile on your face, you get a rocking good time with the Beatles cover, I’m Down.

To round things off, here are some notes on the tracks:

“Gates of Delirium is a war song, a battle scene, but it’s not to explain war or denounce it, really. It’s an emotional description with the slight feeling at the end of ‘do we have to go through this forever?’ There’s a prelude, a change, a victory tune, and peace at the end, with hope for the future…” – Jon Anderson

“Sound Chaser is like this madman from hell… an indescribable mixture of Patrick’s jazzy keyboards and my weird sort of flamenco electric, which I’m sure has never been done before and will probably never be done again!” – Steve Howe

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Disc 1
WNEW/WMMB DJ’s Introduction 1:22 (2.0MB)
Intro/Apocalypse 1:16 (1.7MB)
Siberian Khatru 9:15 (12.7MB)
Sound Chaser 11:03 (15.2MB)
I’ve Seen All Good People 7:18 (10.0MB)
Gates Of Delirium 22:18 (30.6MB)

Disc 2
Long Distance Runaround 2:17 (3.1MB)
Patrick Moraz Solo 4:14 (6.1MB)
Steve Howe Solo – Clap 3:39 (5.0MB)
Jon Anderson Solo – Excerpt From Olias 3:49 (5.2MB)
Heart Of The Sunrise 11:29 (15.7MB)
Ritual 25:47 (35.4MB)
DJ Chatter #1 1:28 (3.0MB)
Roundabout 8:36 (11.8MB)
DJ Chatter #2 1:28 (2.0MB)
I’m Down 3:29 (4.8MB)
DJ Outro 1:34 (2.1MB)

Lineup:
Jon Anderson - vocals
Chris Squire - bass
Steve Howe - guitar
Alan White - drums
Patrick Moraz - keyboard

Click here to order Yes’ Relayer album.

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

  2. THE BEST….

    By Janis on Apr 9, 2009

  3. THANK YOU!!! This is, indeed, at least one of the Holy Grails in Prog!

    Thank again, BigOzine!

    By Kevin on Apr 9, 2009

  4. Thanks so much. I was at this show, first time I tripped…what a night!!!!!

    By Mundo on Apr 10, 2009

  5. Yes forever!

    By Relayer on Apr 10, 2009

  6. Big O has outdone themselves!!! The recent addition of all the Yes shows at once is beyond words!!!!! Please keep the Prog coming!
    You guys are the best and thank you!

    By Jason on Apr 10, 2009

  7. Superb concert!
    Thanks a million!

    By Rochacrimson on Apr 10, 2009

  8. Thanks so much! live Relayer is a huge find for me. Yes’s studio catalogue is so small IMO that these live versions are the only way to keep Yes totally fresh.

    By Brad on Apr 10, 2009

  9. Pat Moraz was a better player than I ever was!

    By Rick Wakeman on Apr 10, 2009

  10. moraz wasn’t any better, just different.
    wakeman would cut his head severely.

    By pink floyd on Apr 10, 2009

  11. And can I just add my thanks

    By Mal on Apr 10, 2009

  12. “I was just kidding, I’m a much better player” - R.W.

    Patrick had an admirable solo career worth ripping into for the proggiest prognastic delight. The first album, however, called Mainhorse, is truly one of the most depressing prog albums ever made. But I haven’t heard it since 1977. Then an album with another group that I never heard (Refugee) passed by. But the next was a breakthrough, called simply “I”. It was Patrick’s ‘A Wizard, a True Star’ (if I can reference a Rundgren album). It suffered from too much info on a limited piece of vinyl. When they used to overload and stretch the limits of the medium the sound really suffered, especially at the beginning and the end of a record - exactly when you didn’t want the fidelity to drop. “I” would be terrific remastered, but the lyrics are really progembarrassing if you know what I mean, and as Yes fans, you know what I mean. A later album called Out in the Sun has less singing, more playing and it had a following in Europe. I listened too it all summer. Great album worth finding. The follow-up was darker but more sensual, just called Patrick Moraz. Get it if you can find it, it has a desert and a city on the cover, and a beautiful opener called Primitivisation. Even though Patrick had limited output he definitely gave Vangelis pause for thought. It was the big Greek man’s day, after all.
    I saw Patrick in the 90’s at Town Hall, NYC with Bruford. They were great but it was an acoustic duo.
    It was Relayer that put him on the map. If I had the time and the money I would like to go through the rest of his catalogue, but I have neither. If anyone knows the later stuff, fill us in.

    By Rick Wakeman on Apr 11, 2009

  13. If anyone can strip the vocal tracks off “I” let me know, the album had wicked wicked keyb oards!

    By Majordeegan on Apr 11, 2009

  14. Relayer is one of my favorite Yes albums. I remember being disappointed to learn that Wakeman had left, but Moraz more than held his own, and his playing quickly won me over. I saw Yes on this tour and remember being surprised hearing them play “I’m Down”, but they pulled off a credible version.

    By MrBill on Apr 15, 2009

  15. I’ve wanted this one for a while. Thanks for sharing it

    By Matt on Apr 15, 2009

  16. Just re-living this is a trip. I recorded it from the radio, hunched under a cabinet with headphones to keep from waking up my sister (the radio/cassette thing was in her room). The cassette deteriorated into a bass-heavy mess after a few decades. Thank you all for this great show.

    By anita pallenberg on Apr 16, 2009

  17. OMG! THANK YOU! I went to SO MANY concerts at Roosevelt Stadium, but was working out of state during this one. This is FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! What a piece of gold! The line-up with Patrick Moraz was really the most electric! Any more of these lying around? They played the following summer and the Close To The Edge from that tour was almost Mahavishnu-like in its intensity.

    By Walter on Apr 19, 2009

  18. Gracias, excelente sonido!

    By dipeiper on Apr 22, 2009

  19. Wakeman is a clever guy telling that patrick is bettere than him. Patrick Moraz made a wonderful work , but Wakeman obvsiuoly is the true YES keyboardist and the best ever ( with Keith Emerson). RELAYER is a great album

    By Paulo on Oct 3, 2011

  20. Hi Paulo. Rick Wakeman is still my favorite. Did you know that “Cat Stevens” used Rick’s piano solo for “Morning Has Broken”? And Rick only got paid $600 for it? Back in the 80’s saw Wakeman play a whole 2 hour concert, piano only. He released an instrumental album a year later that covered most of the same material that was also piano-based. This was well before he and his son released CD’s together.

    By 3yrsnojob on Oct 3, 2011

  21. Oh Paulo, also saw Emerson with ELP back in the day, when they had the full group going. What a show at the Santa Monica Civic! I always thought that ELP’s music was more accessible with more hard rock elements. They were more successful I think when they stuck to that, such as my favorite Brain Salad Surgery. One of the best band individual LP artwork ever BTW. Lost it’s importance with cassettes and CD’s.

    By 3yrsnojob on Oct 3, 2011

  22. “what made the show memorable were the virtuoistic solo performances in the second half.” I greatly recommend those new to this music get any DVD’s of the 76-79 era that show this part of their concerts. You will appreciate their work even more. Each of their individual performances is like getting additional concerts thrown in!

    By 3yrsnojob on Oct 3, 2011

  23. I just stumbled into this site looking for a reveiw or someones story from that day. What a find! A good recording of the concert! Unbelieveable. This is one of the most memorable shows I’ve ever attended.I was always a YES fan, still am. When I listed to the music it’s still amazing to me how relevant and how good it still sounds to me. You know how some stuff seems better with age as our memories romantisize events from the past? Well not with YES, they sound ever as good as then. The production value is so advanced, one forgets that it’s all analog and played “live” in studio.I know there were overdubs, but this recording shows the strenth of the band to be ablse to reproduce such complex music live! I could go on and on. But, I already went too long!
    One last question, is that really Rick Wakeman that posted above? If so, “hey Rick” love your music. You and your work is legendary! I used to have the album ” Journey to the center of the earth”, I was “stupified” listening to it! :-)
    Scott H.

    By Scott H. on Sep 28, 2012

  24. steve howe has been making some interesting statements regarding yes asia wakemen and anderson of late. ppl interested in what these are should look them up.
    heres a few links about it -
    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/steve-howe-yes-missing-alumni/

    http://www.antimusic.com/news/12/September/27Steve_Howe_Addresses_Wakeman_and_Andersons_Absence_From_Yes.shtml

    for fans of asia theyre doing a tv special on nov 7th. if u want more info on that…
    http://www.antimusic.com/news/12/September/28Asia_Plan_Live_TV_Special.shtml

    there is some other asia and yes related information there too u can read up on. hope yall appreciate this stuff. for those not up to date on these 2 bands this should bring u up to date. there are some nice shows from australia that yes did recently with their new singer. and anderson has done some solo shows too.

    By darth on Sep 29, 2012

  25. oops thats wakeman with two a’s. sorry.

    By darth on Sep 29, 2012

  26. This was my first YES concert. Actually my first concert period. Still can see the green lasers hitting the New York skyline. Awesome. Going to see them for the umpteenth time APRIL 5TH. I miss John but my friend really wanted to go. See you in the second row if your going. Stay Healthy, My Friends !!

    By Richie Huff on Jan 26, 2013

  27. did you see me there on stage with the guys? they asked me if i would hang around and take 500 pictures to show no one.

    By darth troll on Jan 26, 2013

  28. I was the FOH live engineer for this. It’s really nice to hear it again almost 40 years later. We recorded every show on the tour (about 70 shows) but I imagine this was taken from a feed from the mixing desk for radio.

    By Neil Kernon on Jun 30, 2015

  29. thanks neil great info,lets hope the neighbour bully keeps his nose out of your great feedback must have been a wonderful time good memories of a great band

    By bronze medal on Jun 30, 2015

  30. Tracks 202 and 208 appear to be no longer available. Bummer.

    By KR on Jul 2, 2015

  31. Hello KR

    Kindly refresh the page and try again.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 2, 2015

  32. Track 103 leads me to a page full of chinese. Any chance it could be made available again?

    Thanks and Cheers!

    By Matthew Bennett on Apr 18, 2017

  33. Kindly refresh the page and try again… MORON !!!!

    By Mtthew Moron on Apr 18, 2017

  34. When it comes to Yes the answer is … NO !!!

    By The Idiot on Apr 18, 2017

  35. This one is broken too

    Track 210. I’m Down 3:29 (4.8MB)

    By Matthew Bennett on Apr 19, 2017

  36. Refresh doesn’t work but apparently the trolls are in force here. Yikes! See ya…

    By Matthew Bennett on Apr 19, 2017

  37. Mathew, these huge nuts are bouncing on your chin with tremendous force

    By Mathew Bennett Moron on Apr 19, 2017

  38. Mathew, welcome to the land of the Trolls , sorry

    By Tony C on Apr 19, 2017

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