May 28, 2009 – 3:11 pm

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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Circus Of Heaven [Dynamite Studio, 2CD]
A thir13en Remaster

Live at the Le Colisee’ de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, April 18, 1979. Very good soundboard.

After a run of hit albums in the earlier part of the ’70s, Yes released Tormato in 1978. While it struck gold, fans remain divided over the album - from the material (more sci-fi-ish); to production (some say it sounded dull); Rick Wakeman said the band never got the best out of the material and Steve Howe admitted that Yes were unsure of themselves musically at that time - to the cover design.

David Wingrove, reviewing the Yes oeuvre, wrote: “What is significant on Tormato is the collaboration of Anderson and Wakeman - the two SF fans - on three of the explicitly-SF songs. Wakeman’s slightly ’schlock’ influence surfaces on Arriving UFO which abandons for once Anderson’s insistence on ‘inner space’ and, as the lyrics state, sees ‘The coming of outer space’ into Yes’s music for the first time…

“If Anderson’s vision was grounded somewhat by Wakeman in Arriving UFO, in Circus Of Heaven he deliberately lets himself be grounded by his own son, Damion, who rejects his father’s visionary, Mystical Circus of Heaven, preferring one of the more mundane kind, with clowns. If Wakeman’s vision was of the Close Encounters, wide-screen kind, Anderson’s was more akin to Ray Bradbury’s mystical fantasies (in particular to stories like The Fire Balloons in The Illustrated Man collection), blending together myth, fantasy and futurism.”

But live on stage, Yes not only entertained but continued to show they were masters of their craft.

Reputed to be recorded by Yes for an official live album but never released, Dynamite Studio’s Circus Of Heaven has been circulating among Yes fans for a while.

As good as it sounds, another fan, thir13en, decided to give it a tweak. thir13en said: “A killer Yes show, one of the better known boots from them, and right at the end of their big ’70s run. Not too far away, like it or hate it, is the Owner Of A Lonely Heart years. For me, it wasn’t as good as this. All the hits and then some! This needed the boost, so it got it. Fuller, wider, maximized. For the Yes enthusiast, this one will be hard to beat.”

Thanks then to thir13en and the original seeder.

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

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Disc 1
Track 101. Opening (Close Encounters) (1.8MB)
Track 102. Siberian Khatru (13.1MB)
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Track 103. Heart of the Sunrise (16.9MB)
Track 104. Future Times - Rejoice (9.3MB)
Track 105. Circus of Heaven (8.1MB)
Track 106. Medley (Time and a Word, Long Distance, The Fish, Perpetual Change) (37.4MB)
Track 107. Don’t Kill the Whale (6.4MB)
Track 108. The Clap (7.4MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Starship Trooper (17.2MB)
Track 202. On the Silent Wings of Freedom (11.4MB)
Track 203. Rick Wakeman Solo (8.5MB)
Track 204. Awaken (24.1MB)
Track 205. Chanson Pour Quebec (4.2MB)
Track 206. I’ve Seen All Good People (13.5MB)
Track 207. Roundabout (14.4MB)
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Jon Anderson - vocals, guitar, percussion
Steve Howe - guitars
Chris Squire - bass
Rick Wakeman - keyboards
Alan White - drums

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  1. 15 Responses to “YES - QUEBEC 1979”

  2. YES!!! You’ve done it again.Please keep the Yes and other Prog coming!!!! Big O is second to none!

    By Jason on May 29, 2009

  3. Yes fantastic YES!
    Quebéc mythyc!

    By Rochacrimson on May 29, 2009

  4. This show sounds great!!
    You’ve done it again!!

    By Hulkzilla on May 29, 2009

  5. Yes!

    By Dr. Greenthumb on May 29, 2009

  6. Nice job of cleaning it up !!

    Great to listen to !!

    Cheers, Billy

    By Billy Sherwood HQ on May 29, 2009

  7. Uh oh …if Mike sees this he’ll put it up on one of his multiply sites,lol

    By jumpthejim on May 30, 2009

  8. Very nice! Keep on keepin’ on with the Yes boots! Perhaps that famous one from Wembley?? I’ve never heard that one.

    By Tom on May 30, 2009

  9. thanks guys, loved this tour!

    By djfake on May 31, 2009

  10. This looks like a great Yes show. Thanks for sharing

    By Matt on Jun 1, 2009

  11. Great!!!

    By Relayer on Jun 4, 2009

  12. There is the BEST live rendition of Starship Trooper I’ve heard! Awaken is awesome, too. This is an exquisite Yes Show. Thanks so much for sharing!

    By Linda on Jun 7, 2009

  13. at last!!!!!!!

    …execellent performance……….

    ….excellent sound!

    ….the great band of all



    By Tono on Jun 11, 2009

  14. Great show. Great sound.

    By Jeff Lumia on Aug 24, 2009

  15. I was there that night. I was 16 years old. My first big arena concert. Never knew that this recording existed. The stage was round andplaced at the centre of the ice rink. It revolved slowly, Anderson, in the middle, microphone hanging from up above.

    By Carl on Dec 4, 2010

  16. OUI c’est bon ça !

    an exquisite YES show !

    By juju on Jul 7, 2011

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