The download available here on Forgotten Yesterdays is NOT a soundboard and that's quite obvious from the audience noise level. It's a commercial bootleg made from the same audience tape that's been around for decades. The credits in the "front cover" file are the typical crock of BULLSHIT that accompanies commercial bootlegs. "Elena Aliboni" didn't take those photographs. I did and I can prove it beyond any doubt. I have the slides from which the digital images were created with a Nikon Coolscan IV ED.
My original copy of the recording was made with a Nakamichi 550, dubbed directly from the master tape, played back on the Sony deck on which it was recorded. I was fortunate enough to get a first-gen copy only because the taper had been hired to record the show by a friend. I never found out what his name was and I'm sure he prefers it that way.
I did the original analog to digital transfer of the recording. It was so long ago I've forgotten which A/D converter I was using. It was a PCMCIA card, either a Roland SCP-55 or a Digigram VXpocket. Both were excellent converters. The VXpocket had the advantage of being a plug'n'play card and didn't require me to screw around with obscure Windows parameters to make it work.
The recording was originally uploaded to Dime as a Lestat remaster with all the pictures from the concert. I never upload raw transfers of Yes concerts because I don't like having multiple remasters in circulation. It causes confusion and, in some cases, ego conflicts over contrast clauses. Moreover, I don't like the techniques used on the most common remasters. The results sound good for short periods of time but cause "listening fatigue" over longer periods.
I remember this concert well.... I was 16 yrs old and it was my first concert. It was also June 18th --the last day of school for me as a sophomore. I can't believe it was 32 years ago! My best friend, Big John, scored us two tickets and he surprised me with them. I couldn't believe he got tickets! Wow! The last day of school and my first concert seeing my favorite band ---YES!
The concert was amazing. Our seats were on the floor in the 18th row! The Pousette-Dart Band was great! Their big hit was Amnesia and it sounded awesome (www.pousette-dart.com).
Yes was amazing! They played the songs wonderfully. I still think the songs they had recorded by this time were much better than songs recorded in later years so you can imagine how great they sounded. Their lightshow was a basic green laser that they shot out into the audience. Nothing much by today's standards, but it was pretty cool back then.
Anyway, Big John and I had a great time. It seems like it was yesterday. Maybe it's because it was my first concert, but to this day, I think of it as the best top five concerts I have ever seen. After that year, I became the Yes Chief Entertainment Officer (CEO) and always bought at least 12 tickets to every show.
Unfortunately after seeing two shows without Jon Anderson (about 1983ish), so did my tradition of buying 12 seats to Yes concerts every year. Yes without Jon is like the Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger. I'm glad to see he is back, although the ticket promoters are not very clear as to whether or not he is singing with the band on the Sunday, Dec 7, 08 show in Atlanta. Does anyone know if he is going to be with the band? If not, who is?
Best wishes to all you Yes fans, Chris
I remember this concert, could have sworn Donovan opened ... Pousette Dart was another gig. Highlights included some fart-knocker tossing M-80's, Jon said "Can you please stop lighting those BANGS" when they got close to the stage. Was great to hear "I'm Down" as the encore. McCartney's B-Day. Hot as hell in the old Garden.
D. A. Payne
An interesting contrast of viewpoints below.
I wasn't there, but I can say of the 3 dozen or so audience tapes I've heard from Yes' 1976 tour one of this concert has by far the best sound quality. In fact it's the only one having quality approaching several stunning ones from 1977-1979, though not quite of their caliber. Probably it was made with the same famous Nak 550 studio cassette deck used in later years, and its few drawbacks seem likely due to inferior and/or generational tape. If there's an even better one out there from '76 I'd sure like to know about it and would be happy to offer equitable trade [firstname.lastname@example.org]!
As to the performance itself I can only add that while it may not be the tour's best it had many, many fine moments and remains a joy to hear.
I was at this show and a teenager at the time and this was my first Yesshow, I was also a fan of the Pousette Dart Band who were local musicians and we would see them at various clubs in New England at that time and they were backing up Yes that night so it was obviously going to be a great show.
I remember sitting in the 1st row of the balcony which sort of hung out over the audience below and was a great view of the entire stage. If I remember correctly the 3 headed snakes had lasers shooting out of their eyes amongst the massive wall of smoke and fog.
Most spectacle concert I have ever been to...have yet to see one match that night.
I was at this show from the 9th row and it was wonderful. The second encore, "I'm Down," was a tip-of-the-hat to Paul McCartney and Wings who had been there just 2 weeks earlier. The stage lighting was a three-headed snake (by Dean - his last stage design for them) positioned like a canopy over the band. Great show...too bad the venue is gone forever (now the soul-less Fleet Center).
I had been to the concert the night before at Boston Garden. Like the weather, the performance was hot, sweaty, and intense, but not magical. (For historians, the night before was the FM broadcast from Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City.)
before 'I've Seen All Good People'
transcribed by: Geoff Dunn
Jon Anderson: Thank you very much. Great to be back in Boston again.
before 'Gates Of Delirium, The'
transcribed by: Geoff Dunn
Jon Anderson: We particularly thank you. Here’s a song from ‘Relayer’ called 'The Gates Of Delirium'.
transcribed by: Geoff Dunn
Jon Anderson: Thank you so much. I’d like to thank you all for being so wonderful this evening. Here's a song we’d like to do, called 'Ritual'.