Friday, March 17, 2017

Yes 1977-12-01 Eberhard-Bauer-Halle Esslingen, W. Germany

Going for the One Tour
Esslingen, W. Germany

The date 7-7-7 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Going For The One, reuniting the "Classic Yes Line-up," so I thought it would be fun to seed the shows I have in my collection on or near the dates of their 30th anniversaries.

Lineage: audience -> audio CD -> Sound Forge -> FLAC

This is a decent-sounding stereo recording, with some hiss. It is incomplete, missing "Firebird Suite" and "Parallels," as well as about 30 seconds of the opening of "And You And I." I don't know if it is from the master tape or a tape copy.

Yes is in good form, heading toward the end of their lengthy tour with a full head of steam. In this performance you can hear them adding some different voicings to the songs in the now-routine setlist. Instruments are clearly distinguishable and performances are excellent. The audience is enthusiastic and attentive, and the band members are enjoying themselves.

If there was a "tour song" played this night, it is not included on my copy of the recording. Forgotten Yesterdays gives lyrics for a tour song which say it is the band's last night in Germany. Also unusual for the tour is the lead-in to "Going for the One," which is not the usual humorous bit with Rick Wakeman, but instead a little country-blues jam.

The original files came to me from my friend Orjan in Sweden. The audio quality would probably benefit from an updated transfer. I don't know if it was released by Highland or is simply a copy from cassette to CD, but there were some differences in the quality of sound in each channel which took a while to resolve. Some of this may have been caused by playback on a less-than-excellent cassette deck, but possibly the age of the tape is also to blame. By the way, that ticking sound in "Country Jam" (disk 2, track 1) is in the original files and is not caused by corrupted FLAC files in the remastered version. And there is a little static or distortion in the left channel at about 5:00 into "Awaken."

I have two more recordings in the 30th Anniversary Series: Colmar, France, 1977-12-02, and Paris, 1977-12-06. I have remastered both. The Paris show sounds fantastic. It's also the last show of the tour, and definitely one to get!

If you have any of the recordings below from the European leg of the tour, as listed on Forgotten Yesterdays, please share them. These are not in my collection:

11/06/77 Glasgow UK     Apollo Theatre
11/07/77 Glasgow UK     Apollo Theatre
11/08/77 Glasgow UK     Apollo Theatre (audience audio recording NOT from video soundtrack)
11/11/77 Oslo NO         Ekeberghallen (the copy seeded recently on Dime was corrupted)
11/15/77 Dortmund DE     Westfalenhalle
11/19/77 Nuremberg DE     Messehalle
11/20/77 Zurich CH        Hallenstadion Zurich
11/21/77 Heidelberg DE     Stadthalle
11/25/77 Rotterdam NL     Ahoy-Hallen Rotterdam
11/26/77 Antwerp BE     Antwerpen Sportspaleis
11/27/77 Bremen DE     Stadthalle
11/28/77 Berlin DE         Deutschlandhalle
11/29/77 Cologne DE     Sporthalle
12/04/77 Lyon FR         Palais Des Sports
12/05/77 Paris FR         Pavillon De Paris (part of this is included in Highland's version of 1977-12-06, but there IS a tape of the entire show)

November, 2007

Jon Anderson (Vocals)
Steve Howe (Guitars)
Chris Squire (Bass)
Rick Wakeman (Keyboards)
Alan White (Drums)

Disk 1:
I've Seen All Good People
Close To The Edge
Wonderous Stories
Colours Of The Rainbow
Turn Of The Century
And You And I (fades in, intro cut)

Disk 2:
Country-Blues Jam
Going for the One
Flight Jam
Roundabout (last few seconds cut, faded out)
Yours Is No Disgrace


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