YES - ATLANTA 1974

July 1, 2015 – 12:44 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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YES
Atlanta 1974 [TooleMan 30th Anniversary Edition, 2CD]

Live at The Omni, Atlanta, GA; November 30, 1974. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to The TooleMan; smt; and everyone who has helped to keep this show alive on the net.

The Recording
I carried a Panasonic mono portable cassette recorder with automatic level control and an ElectroVoice microphone into the Omni in an army knapsack I purchased at a surplus store. I stashed the knapsack under a navy pea coat carried under my arm. It got some looks by the staff of the arena, but no inspections. The microphone was borrowed from a defunct radio station where (my friend) Barry and I had worked. It probably accounts for the modicum of fidelity I was able to capture with this otherwise mediocre recorder. I started out with the microphone in my hand, but later put it in the knapsack under my seat. This probably accounts for the reduced amount of conversation during the middle parts of the show.

The Mastering
Most of the mastering of the recording was done in the first half of 1975 at the University of Georgia, both in my dorm room and the radio production studios of the Grady School of Journalism.

The Remastering
In 2001, after acquiring a Dell PC, Sound Forge 5, and a used Sony TC-366 reel-to-reel tape recorder, I started work on the remaster.

In 2004, I started with the 2001 remaster and reprocessed the frequency bands with Sony Sound Forge 7, adding additional compression and hand-tuning the levels. Sony Acoustic Mirror and Multi-tap Delay processing was added to give stereo depth to the audio. It now more closely recreates the audio experience in the Omni on that Sunday after Thanksgiving, 1974.

smt
November, 2004

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Disc 1
Track 101. Firebird Suite 1:46 (3.0MB)
Track 102. Sound Chaser 9:56 (16.7MB)
Track 103. Close to the Edge 19:31 (32.8MB)
Track 104. To Be Over 9:29 (15.9MB)
Track 105. The Gates of Delirium 22:33 (37.9MB)
64 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. And You And I 10:32 (17.7MB)
Track 202. Ritual 25:22 (42.6MB)
Track 203. Roundabout 8:45 (14.7MB)
45 mins

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


Click here to order Progeny, a 14-disc set featuring seven shows recorded in the fall of 1972: Toronto (Oct 31); Ottawa (Nov 1); Durham (Nov 11); Greensboro (Nov 12); Athens (Nov 14); Knoxville (Nov 15) and Uniondale (Nov 20).

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  1. 7 Responses to “YES - ATLANTA 1974”

  2. Thanks for this show!

    By Tom on Jul 1, 2015

  3. thanks so much for these yes posts. still can’t believe chris passed away. was lucky enough to meet the band after a show in 2013.

    By don sherlock on Jul 1, 2015

  4. There were flames coming out of the speakers at this show.
    I love these guys, so much.

    By D. C. Top on Jul 2, 2015

  5. and Thank You for the Patrick Moraz version of Yes…..

    By harmon on Jul 2, 2015

  6. Thanks very much for these classic Yesshows, Big O! Such a loss to the Prog world and rock as a whole. Will be spinning these through the weekend and beyond.

    By golgo hakase on Jul 2, 2015

  7. Thank you Big O Amigos. Early Yes ruled. Atlanta live will be part of this July’s Thompson soundtrack
    Respectfully,
    James

    By James on Jul 3, 2015

  8. The Relayer tour was one of my first concerts to see when I was a young lad. Still one of my favorites. Thanks SO much for posting this, as it brings back great memories.

    By Robet on Jul 18, 2015

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