[GOOGLE TRANSLATION - Nieuwsblad van het Noorden - 1972-01-28]
Yes: in the West not to the North
Last weekend the group Yes was in the Netherlands. Although it was originally said that the group would also perform in Eindhoven and yes, Groningen, it was again only the Rotterdammers and Amsterdammers (as usual) and this time also "outer area" Breda, who got to hear and see the group.
And that is very unfortunate for us here in the North, because anyone who has heard the last Yes-LP "Fragile" must be curious about their stage qualities. Fortunately I was able to comfort myself with this LP and the memories to the concert they gave on October 31, 1971 in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Five tired boys at the end of a long European tour, a not so great support act (the English folk singer Jonathan Swift), an installation that is not perfectly tuned, which mainly means bassist Chris Squire didn't get through very well in the beginning; the first minutes of the concert didn't exactly give the impression of being with the group, as you know it from their album. However, this impression was soon dispelled. The high, almost girlish voice of singer Jon Anderson (also heard on King Crimson's 3rd LP), occasionally combined with that of the two guitarists, makes Yes's vocal qualities something breathtaking. Instrumentally, the group is a very cool whole. The recruitment of organist Rick Wakeman (formerly with the Strawbs) has only done the group good.
A relief between the very long and exhausting songs was the actually too short solo performance by solo guitarist Steve Howe, who gave a demonstration of his qualities on the acoustic guitar. Last man of the group drummer Bill Bruford completed the whole and literally knocked his clothes off. At the end of the concert, the announcement that the group would be back in January and the handing over of the Edison (for "The Yes Album") to Jon Anderson, who after receiving it asked the record company representative: "Is this real chocolate"?
As I said, very tiring to listen to (especially live), but in my opinion Yes is one of the better bands that have emerged in the last two years.
All the more reason to ask again, to all the organizers: "As Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, King Crimson, Fields, Jethro Tull, etc come to the Netherlands again, can they please come to the North?"
Etty T. Bonnema
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 10:14 PM
What is the song breakdown for Side 1 and Side 2 of the original Trademark Of Quality bootleg? I need the information for research on a book written by the guy who started Trademark Of Quality.
The White Yes Album is the version to get and it sounds like Mr. Birch has that one. The White Album (not White Yes Album) is the inferior one. I have the White Yes Album, On Tour, and Live In Amsterdam and the first one is the best. 'A' quality and in stereo. Its actually a few seconds longer as well.
I picked up a copy of this vinyl boot from a local second-hand record shop a few years back and I have to disagree with those who claim it's poor quality. My LP does not feature "The Gates of Delirium" - only the Concertgebouw material and I would grade it as very good stereo audience. The performance is good, too, although some of "Heart of the Sunrise" is missing. If you see a copy, buy it - the sleeve notes are funny, too (sample: "...all YES members are brilliant on their instruments. For instance: Rick Wakeman. When you hear his solo, which is the first track on side 2, you want to buy the record without even hearing the rest of it").
THE WHITE ALBUM:
Set list is: "I Have (sic) Seen All Good People" "Hearts (sic) Of The Sunrise" Rick Wakeman solo "Long Distance" (sic) "Yours Is On (sic) Disgrace"
(Also included is "The Gates Of Delirium" from Hollywood Bowl 1975.)
The packaging is nice, but the sound quality is poor. It's more important features are simply hearing live material with Bill and the rather primitive version of Rick's solo. Interesting to listen to; for die-hards only.
Bill is listed as "William" Bruford, Steve as "Stephen" Howe and Chris as "Christoffel" Squire. (They got Rick and Jon's names correct.)
"The Gates of Delirium" is credited to "Anderson, Squire, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe". Now THAT I would like to have seen! :)
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I got quite a few of them [bootlegs] including, yes, a real Amsterdam concert-recording from 1972, called the White-album, it is supposed to be a limited edition (1000 copies) but I've got my doubts. Its quality is very poor.
The band members where introduced as : Rick Wakeman, William Bruford, Stephen Howe, Christopher Squire and Jon Anderson.