Saturday, August 12, 2017

Yes 2017-08-10 Grand Theater at Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT



Yes
2017-08-10
Grand Theater at Foxwoods
Mashantucket, CT

Steve Howe - guitar, vocals
Alan White - drums
Geoff Downes - keyboards, vocals
Jon Davison - vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion
Billy Sherwood - bass, vocals
Dylan Howe - drums

A Kitty Lickin' Discs Production

Disc One
 1. Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra
 2. Survival
 3. Time And A Word
 4. Yours Is No Disgrace
 5. South Side Of The Sky
 6. And You And I
 7. Leaves Of Green
 8. Soon

Disc Two
 1. Going For The One
 2. Don't Kill The Whale
 3. Machine Messiah
 4. Madrigal
 5. Roundabout
 6. Starship Trooper

Lineage: SP-CMC-2 (AT831) > SP-SPSB-8 > Tascam iXJ2 > Lightning Adapter > iPhone 6S (Twisted Wave Recording App) > File Browser (WiFi Transfer to PC) > Wavelab 6.1 > CDWAV > dbPowerAmp > FLAC

Recorded by: Relayer35

Comments: It's Yestival! Yes was the headiner of course, and the 3rd of three bands to play. The gimmick this time around, is one song from each of the first ten Yes studio albums, played sequentially. I've seen a lot of flack (not FLAC) on the internet about a "safe setlist", but man... I remember a time that Survival, South Side Of The Sky, Going For The One, Don't Kill The Whale, Machine Messiah and Madrigal in the same set was just a pipe dream! I really have no complaints about the setlist. With the three band format, they're not going to have time to play "Gates Of Delirium" anyway. This tour features Steve Howe's son Dylan, "helping out" on drums. If you are wondering what the breakdown of who plays what is, both drummers are on the stage for Survial, Time And A Word, And You And I, Going For The One, Don't Kill The Whale, Machine Messiah, and the encore songs. Dylan plays by himself on Yours Is No Disgrace and South Side Of The Sky. He's definitely a different type of drummer than Alan White, as the songs sounded quite different when compared to recent live versions. Alan played by himself on Soon. On the songs that featured both drummers on the stage at the same time, most of the time Dylan was augmenting Alan with percussion parts, with the exception of And You And I where Alan would play the climatic parts and Dylan the rest of the song, and Don't Kill The Whale where they arranged it in such a way to feature both drummers.

This is not my favorite theater. It's modern and comfortable, and looks like it should have great sound, but it never does. The best sound is up in the balcony. I was in the 10th row on the floor, center section, a spot which is the sweet spot in most places. I thought it sounded like a cavern. That said, the recording came out very nice despite the sub par acoustics. Usually Connecticut audiences are noisy, with people being rude and chatting throughout the show. If they are not doing that they are usually screaming inane things at the band during quiet parts. That's what seeing a Yes show is like in Connecticut...usually. Not today. The crowd was pretty attentive this time around, and there is no audible crowd chatter during the show. The only real crowd distraction is some moron shouted "Steve Howe is the only one in Yes who matters" before Don't Kill The Whale. I guess there is one in every crowd. Otherwise, audience distraction is minimal.

Artwork is included in the torrent. The photos are from the actual show.

PLEASE DO NOT USE AS A SOURCE FOR A MATRIX.
Please share this recording in unaltered lossless quality. If you need to remaster, or something, let me know, and I can provide the undedited raw master (without EQ/volume tweaks) for you to use.

-- MP August 2017

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