28 years, 8 months and 20 days ago
Tuesday, September 20, 1994
Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho
I have this on VoIO. The picture quality decent for such a release, yet the sound is iffy at times. Sometimes the mikes aren't loud enough.
I wonder if it was filmed for local TV, as there were multiple cameras.
That should be spelt Chile.
These reviews make some of the funniest reading, and I'm probably just as funny without realizing it. So thanks for reading this, enjoy your favorite beverage, pull up a chair, and let's talk about Yes in Chile. I wasn't there, and (most likely) neither were you; the TALK tour was notoriously underattended, and Santiago isn't high on the list of popular destinations ;-)
Fortunately there's this pro-shot video floating around the Internet. For a pro-shot, it isn't especially good, but then neither is the band on this particular date. Visually, we do get a better sense of the band and the light-show than the one-camera Binghamton vid from June, and of course they've ironed out the miscues that distinguish that show. So it's both better and worse than Binghamton: less mistakes, but also less energy. By this point they knew what their show involved, and did it in a professional, even perfunctory manner .... with one notable exception.
Ladies & gentlemen, I give you Christopher Squire! It seems Trevor wasn't having a very good night (one post below suggests he had a cold), and it's the mighty Squire who keeps his spirits up with doses of silliness. This reaches something of an apotheosis in "Changes", just before Trevor begins his vocal. Holding his bass up near Trevor's face, Chris simply stands there, uncomfortably close. Trevor steps aside to let Chris by; Chris laughingly steps with him. Trevor steps back; Chris steps back. Smiling, Trevor shakes his head, and starts singing anyway. Listening to a tape, the listener would never know anything happened; it would just sound like a longer, more dramatic pause.
Jon also seems a notch below his best -- not to say he isn't hitting his notes, but it doesn't seem as effortless as usual. On the other hand, clearly visible is the iron determination that he brings to the band. Even if he was experiencing back pain, as another post suggests, he was still going to perform, and do it up to par. I'd never really noticed before what a 'cheerleader' he is for the band: announcing the band members, emphasizing the arrangement, 'selling' the songs and the band to the audience.
So there you have it: this show features the band soldiering along and doing a pretty good job. Picture is good; sound mix is generally good though marred by a short circuit that never gets fixed (every now and then we hear it crackle). The mix over-favors Alan's snare drum but we hear everone clearly through most of it (sometimes Jon's vocal mike is too low). As yet, this is the only pro-shot TALK show I've seen, so I'm grateful for it (and especially for Chris Squire's sense of humor)
I have great respect for the "Talk" album which has great songs (composed by Rabin/Anderson) as "I´m Waiting", " Endless Dream" , "The Calling".
The performance of these and Rabin material in Santiago was great, but whenever Rabin tries to play Howe material I say my prayers because I think the guy makes a mockery of Howe.
How can he play the intro acoustic guitar section of " And You & I" with piano as if he is playing jazz???
How can he distort "Heart Of The Sunrise" or " Roundabout" ???
Trevor, I have great respect for you, I really like the "Talk" album but you should never have played Howe material.
In Mapocho Anderson and White were great, Squire played as usual, Kaye was a puppet and I´m not sure yet the purpose of the presence of Sherwood.
Did they ever play in Chile again????
The Estación Mapocho gig was the first time I saw Yes live. I was in one of the front rows so the sound was great. However, I understand that the sound towards the back of the venue left much to be desired. Next morning I woke up early and went to the Sheraton Hotel with the Yesyears booklet and waited until the guys came down. There was just one other guy there waiting for autographs. He was in his forties and all he wanted was Jon's autograph for his son. He was carrying the CLOSE TO THE HYPE cd. The security people were very reluctant of me getting near the band (bloody Americans, why dis Yes ever leave England?) but I managed to start chatting with Sherwood and he said it was OK. Really warm and friendly. When Jon came down, my pen didn't work so rather than badlucking me, he started asking for one around the lobby! Kaye was more concerned about the lady accompanying him but both he and White signed the booklet nonetheless. Squire was very gentlemanly and I managed to talk to him for a while (I really wanted to, being my hero within the band). While waiting for Rabin I overheard a funny bit of chat where Chris was asking the others whether they had felt a tremor the night before. The others laughed at him and implied he might have been doing something other than sleeping if he felt anything. Rabin came down and went straight to the counter to do the check out. He waved at me from there and was overall the friendliest and warmest. When I was about to leave he suddenly extended his hand for another handshake. I walked out and sat at the entrance to get a last glance of my heroes. They climbed into a van and Billy turned and waved goodbye.
I can hear concert from local radio because I'd have a great could and heard something opinions about performance of tecnical sound, most of people say that sound was terrible beacause old railways station who were converted on a cultural center is no good for a concer like this.
Trevor same (same as me) have a great could and her voice was terrible in special in "the walls" and "Im waiting" where I missing his fine voice like in album (Talk).
They played almost all themes of Talk (except Where will you be), when the most people want hear old themes of 70's.
People of station radio was very critical about line-up. They blame to them hardless about only comercial interest to make this album. Jon before concet have'd speak to station radio (in intervew on air) about posibility of included a shot medley of "Tales from Topografic..." but this not was possible.
After all this I don't repentant of don't going to this concert of end of Rabin era.
The second concert was celebrate in Santiago, at The Estación Mapocho, an old railways station who were converted on a cultural center. The date of this concert was 20 september 1994.. The concert start at 9:00 o¨clock