Even though I had been following YES since Fragile, this was my first YES concert. My Dad bought tickets for my birthday, bless his soul. I wore a red suede long coat to it. I went with my best friend and older brother. I have one sole memory of the concert - the blue metallic light flickering off Wakeman's cape during his "Remembering" solos. Over time I have grown to love TFTO, where it is now my favorite YES recording.
I was very luck to get some tickets from a friend for this show. This show was added on after the Tuesday show was sold out. What a surprise when, as we walked down the center isle, we realized that our seats were in the fourth row!! A magnificent show!!! Whoever has said that Topographic Oceans live was boring is NUTS!!!! I can still feel the fog from the dry ice surrounding us in our seats. In interviews done in Melody Maker after the tour was over, the band stated that this particular show, on this particular night, was their best performance EVER! EVER!! As I said, I was very lucky.
There are complete 'Rememberings' from the Madison Square Garde Feb 18 1974 show out there. I've owned this boot in several forms over the years since the late '70s. Bought my first one on 'Type I' cassette tape from a shady-looking character lurking outside a U.K. (Bruford/Holdsworth edition) concert. It had the complete Remembering. Then I got it on LP ('The Affirmatives') in the late 80's, and the end of Remembering was missing. Both of these versions were about a half pitch high/fast as well. So I used a variable speed turntable and a graphic equalizer to make my own, 'corrected' version. Then, about six months ago, I scored a fine low-gen copy of the show from a friend on AMY -- and of course, it had the end of Remembering, *and* was at the correct speed, *and* sounded better than any I had. After all these years, I had no idea 'the original master' was still out there..somewhere.
When I saw the tour at Madison Sq Garden--Rick seemed to get really lost in the spacey solo [during the 'The Remembering'] -and couldn't find a way out---this was during his drinking period (beer bottles on the mellotron)--so I just chalked it up to that---at the time I loved side one and two of tales so much--what did I care if the solo went on for twenty minutes!