Tuesday, September 12, 1978
44 years, 6 months and 8 days ago
"Flight Jam" was an extended instrumental piece that segued into "Awaken". (Alan played the vibes on this number.) It was only played during the Going for the One gigs--not during the 1978-79 In the Round shows.
"Flight Jam" is the atmospheric, tinkly extended intro to "Awaken", with Jon strumming his harp and Rick adding subtle flourishes on the keyboards. It's a little like the middle section of "Awaken" or those "Vevey" Part One and Two tracks, which were recorded at the 'Going for the One' sessions (included on the 'Yesyears' boxed set). "Flight Jam" was a brief, gentle overture to prepare for the glorious epic "Awaken" live. Ahh, lovely!
Awaken was perhaps the most memorable moment of this tour for me. I went to both shows. I am embarassed to admit I cannot place Flight Jam. Perhaps if I heard it now, I might recall that it was woven in there somewhere. But I do not have a mental recording of how Flight Jame goes or what recording it came from.
This whole concert (both nights) was unbelievable. I was lucky enough to have befriended a Crew member the first night. So second night I had a crew pass and got to take some great photos. Including Jon center stage with his harp playing Awaken - awesome!
All in all, one of my favorite tours ever!
Yep, was at both shows and no Flight Jam at either. That's the fact Jack! The only time I ever heard them do the flight jam was the previous year in August during GFTO. I believe that jam was exclusive to that tour.
I have a recording of Sept 11, 78 and they DID play Awaken. However, they did not play Flight Jam. Wakeman goes from his solo right into the beginning of Awaken. And I'm sure the next night was the same. There wasn't much variation on this tour.
This is the one and only Yes show I was ever privledged to see. I was 19, in my Sophomore year at Temple U., and one of the few of my friends with a car. We had heard excellent reports about the previous night's show from some people who went. Hearing that there were still tickets on sale, we decided to drive down.
With the Phillies playing at Veterans Stadium, we had to park in a field on the other side of South Broad Street. While hiking over to the Spectrum we heard from a number of people heading in the other direction that the show was sold out. Having traveled for over an hour to get there, we decided to buy tickets from a scalper. This was a difficult choice...the seats we had intended to buy were $6 or $6.50 (25 years later, I don't remember for sure), and we were hard pressed for that much cash. We found someone with four tickets. He wanted $20 each. Although it hurt, we came up with the cash and went in.
An usher led us to the location of the seats, only to find that a mixing table had been added right there after the previous nights show (because it was "in the round", there were multiple mixing tables). We became nervous, but the usher said not to worry, they always reserve seats for such an occasion. He led us to THIRD ROW SEATS, ON THE AISLE THE BAND CAME IN ON! I think it took me about three songs into the show to realize how great our seats were. The show was phenominal, but too short. They played straight through and didn't do an on core, ending by saying "sorry, that's all we have for you tonight."
I made a decision that the night was so close to perfect, I would not see the band again for fear that a lesser performance would affect my memory of this night.
I had first heard of Yes in 1971 as one of many bands with neat and unusual names(Yes, Who, Guess Who, Jefferson Airplane, etc.) that made you wonder what kind of rock music they played. I heard Roundabout in 1972 and was able to place the song with the group name in 1975 when a friend brought the Fragile album to a party at my house. I was hooked and now(3 years later) I was going to see them LIVE!
I had started my 2nd year of college at Penn State Univ. Delco Campus and shared a car with my family. Unfortunately, the car was spoken for that day and I missed my train after a 2 mile walk to the station! What could I do?! I HAD to be home in time to catch my ride to see Yes at The Spectrum and showtime was getting closer! I had no choice but to walk another 2 miles to several friends homes that were, thankfully, nearby. After reaching the area I wasn't having any luck getting a ride from anyone until a family friend, Brian, arrived home and agreed to take me. I arrived just in time to catch my ride to the show. An electrical storm had blown in by this time and was pelting the area with lightning, rain, and hail! My friend Brian headed home, slipped on some rain at the bottom of a hill and totaled his car in a creek! Luckily, I wasn't in the car at the time and, luckily, he escaped serious injury! After ALL THAT Yes had better be DAMNED GOOD! They were! It was a bonus seeing them in the round. I wondered why more bands didn't do this. My friend, Dan, was a little perplexed by the carousel horses that popped up during one of the songs(I believe it was during Circus Of Heaven)but I thought it was an interesting touch. Dan was also surprised that they omitted Arriving UFO(They added it on the tour's second leg)and Going For The One. Myself, I'd love to see them put Release Release and South Side Of The Sky back in the current setlists(they weren't performed that night either). Overall, we were thrilled and satisfied with the show. Dan couldn't stop singing or humming the first line of Siberian K. for the next few months!