YES - LONG BEACH 1977

April 14, 2009 – 4:11 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
Long Beach 1977 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA. September 26, 1977. Remaster by The TooleMan (April 2007) from DAT transfer of Mike Millard’s original recording. Very good audience recording.

After the Relayer tour, keyboardist Patrick Moraz left Yes and the Going For The One Tour saw the return of Rick Wakeman. By now Yes were not a mere band or another music-making machine. In terms of sound, craftsmanship and intricate interplay between the various musicians, they had become a juggernaut.

As a guitar rock group, Boston - with Tom Scholz at the helm - were the fresh faces of the day but that didn’t mean that Yes were over the hill. Watching Yes live in the mid-’70s was inspiring and probably set the path for many aspiring guitarists. And if Steve Howe was awesome, Wakeman was equally up to the challenge.

Just as they were promoting their new album, Yes were not afraid to change their setlist and opted to open the show with the new Parallels instead of the usual Siberian Khatru. As with most Yes shows, and especially on this show, you get to hear the whole album live.

Thanks to Mesquite for sharing the original tracks on the Dime site and to The TooleMan for the remaster. Thanks also to nibelungen66 for the artwork.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Disc 1
Firebird Suite (4.0MB)
Parallels (8.6MB)
I’ve Seen All Good People (9.9MB)
Close To The Edge (28.6MB)
Wondrous Stories (5.7MB)
Colours Of The Rainbow (1.1MB)
Turn Of The Century (11.0MB)
Tour Song (3.9MB)
And You And I (13.8MB)

Disc 2:
Jon’s introduction of Rick Wakeman (1.4MB)
Going For The One (7.7MB)
Flight Jam / Awaken (30.2MB)
Starship Trooper (20.5 MB)
Roundabout (13.0MB)

Lineup:
Jon Anderson – vocals
Chris Squire – bass
Steve Howe – guitar
Alan White – drums
Rick Wakeman – keyboards

Click here to order Yes’ Going For The One album.

  1. 18 Responses to “YES - LONG BEACH 1977”

  2. great show. the yes material has been a real treat. many thanks!

    By jeff on Apr 14, 2009

  3. Ladies and Gents:
    Another great treat! Thank you very much. I do wish they could have equalized the bass differently on Parallels to bring out Squire’s play more. ?Then again, perhaps this is the way it was meant to sound, as opposed to the studio mix?
    Thanks again.
    James

    By James on Apr 14, 2009

  4. There’s been a lot of Yes here lately
    And for that, myself and many others say:
    Thank You

    By Hulkzilla on Apr 14, 2009

  5. Superb!

    By Rochacrimson on Apr 14, 2009

  6. Amazing…sound quality is spectacular for an audience recording, as good as anything that showed up on The Word Is Live set.

    This is hands down best quality show I have heard from the Going for the One Tour to date. Many, many thanks!

    By Borboletta on Apr 14, 2009

  7. Hulkzilla is right… Many thanks for the Yes!!! This has been a magnificent menu of material spanning their classic era. I eagerly await the “Heat of the Rising Sun” as desert.

    Long Live PROG!!!

    By Kevin on Apr 15, 2009

  8. Unh… minus two points for spelling… I humbly resubmit “Dessert”!

    By Kevin on Apr 15, 2009

  9. Love all the Yes lately!!! Keep bring it, I could listen to YES forever. How bout some more prog giants like Gentle Giant/ Old Genesis/ ELP/ Jethro TUll/ even Gryphon! THANKS so much for these live recordings they’re GREAT!! Even some old fusion like Mahavishnu and Return to forever would be cool.

    By Laudio on Apr 16, 2009

  10. Dear Laudio - excellent suggestion, I second that!
    In particular, I’d like some Mahavishnu as well - I don’t know if there’s any of their stuff about, though - it seems very rare among unofficial recordings.

    By Tony on Apr 16, 2009

  11. Great Show!Thanks!
    Gimme more please!!!

    By Relayer on Apr 16, 2009

  12. I would agree Borboletta. This is the best show from the ‘Going For The One’ tour I have heard. Thanks all the Yes recordings recently. Certainly a band who’s “classic” period deserves this sort of attention.

    By mrx on Apr 16, 2009

  13. This is my favorite period of Yes. Thanks for putting this one out there

    By Matt on Apr 17, 2009

  14. Thanks so much for posting this! I’ve been wanting this recording for years, ever since I saw it in a cd shop in Delaware about 15 years ago, priced at about $60.00!

    By Nori Kelley on Jul 24, 2009

  15. Any chance I could get a re-up on Parallels, Turn Of The Century or Roundabout?? Would love to hear them!

    Great version of Awaken…

    By J to the G on May 24, 2012

  16. j to the g - hows thats for fast service eh?

    By darth on May 24, 2012

  17. Awesome! Thank you so much!

    I love Yes, but I dig all the other stuff you all post - thank you, and keep up the great work. And, post more Yes! ;-)

    By J to the G on May 25, 2012

  18. Fantastic, many thanks, you can never have too much Yes.
    Any chance you could post any Drama shows, would love to hear stuff from that tour, well underrated album, imo

    By Keith W on Jun 12, 2013

  19. I have a couple shows from the ‘77 tour but not this one.. Thanks BigO!! And I’ll echo Keith’s request.. the Drama shows I do have are marginal quality at best.. surely somewhere there is a soundboard..

    By Tom on Aug 21, 2013

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