Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Yes 1977-12-05 Pavillon de Paris Paris, France

Well, boys and girls, here we have what I think is one of the best shows of the Going For The One tour (this is one I had forgotten about until I listened to it again today). I got this show in a tape trade in the early 80's from one of my UK traders and while I think that this is probably a 2nd gen tape the show is Yes at their full-ahead rock'n'roll steamroller best. The tape was pretty good, but I worked roughly 6 hours or so to get this bad boy in shape and I'm quite pleased with the result. I can't quite give this show an A, but maybe an A-. The recording is very good and the performance is, well, excellent! At times you'll think you are right at the foot of the stage as the music gets right in your face and every instrument's notes are heard. Steve Howe is on fire, Chris's bass is thunderous, and every drum lick can be heard from Alan. There are even some Wakeman things that I had never heard before such as some synth sound effects during some spots during various songs. I actually like this show better than the Paris 12-6-1977 show that was seeded awhile back (that was a good recording, but cold have used some work). This recording gives you more of an impression of being there and up close. It also shows you Jon's meek personality during his in-between song talking as its so soft. The all of the sudden you're plunged into a song where his voice just soars above the instruments. The soundman gets it right after the first couple of songs.

This recording had its usual tape problems such as pitch problems and microphone movement here and there. Here's the lowdown on the work done:
1. pitch corrected
2. channel volumes adjusted
3. EQ applied for high end (could have used a tad more, but turned hissy)
3. EQ applied for low end to 'feel' the bass rather than just hear it
4. bright applause was adjusted or removed
5. applied vinyl restoration to remove some clicks and pops (even though its a tape transfer)
6. readjusted overall volume before compression applied
7. applied compression for voice enhancement
8. applied overall compression for mastering
9. fixed some spots where volume overloaded the microphones and caused some static
10. fixed some minor low-end pops

lineage: tape (2nd gen maybe) > PC > SoundForge > CD > FLAC > you

lineup: Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Alan White

Pavillon de Paris
Paris, France
Dec. 5, 1977
(1st of 2 nights)

Disc 1
1. Firebird Suite
2. Parallels
3. I've Seen All Good People
4. Close To The Edge
5. Wonderous Stories
6. Colours Of The Rainbow
7. Turn Of The Century
8. Tour Song (good one, a bit different)
9. And You & I
10. Nous Sommes du Soleil
11. Going For The One

Disc 2
1. Flight Jam
2. Awaken (whew, killer!)
3. Yours Is No Disgrace
4. Roundabout




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