46 years, 10 months and 13 days ago
Thursday, July 22, 1976
Vancouver, British Columbia
I remember this concert very clearly. It was my first concert ever and it was also my birthday! The band (yes) played exceptionally. It was like a dream come true to witness them live. The usually bad acoustics in the Pacific Colosseum did not seem to effect the sound of these great performers. The crowd seemed to enjoy the concert as much a I did.This is defiantly the best live concert experience I have had to date. Perhaps I will have the chance to see them again soon.
I have a 1st-gen copy of the show mnetioned by D.A.Payne. Its complete except that Roundabout is cut off. Presumably because the tape ran out. I rated this A- on my list of Yes goodies.
D. A. Payne
Yet another review of a recording - I wasn't actually there so please forgive the indulgence. I did manage to see Yes in the 70s so have some room to speak.
First it was a multigeneration tape with much high end lost but enough mid and low range intact to give the idea. Already one of Yes' two or three best tours in my book, this concert stood out. Solos by Moraz, Howe and Anderson were especially good, and much of Ritual's interpretation was unique. While a different night, venue and feel than 8/17/76 in Detroit had been, much of what I wrote about the latter applies here [also reviewed from a recording].
A few years later I was sent a fragment of first or second generation from the master audience tape by he who was there and made it. Its sound was vastly more stunning than I had imagined - equalled among 70s audience tapes only by one from NYC in 1979. It probably was the absolute best Yes audience recording from '76. Much of what made the Vancouver concert so unique and impressive, even among others of its tour, came bursting forth in a sound capture as powerful, sharp, clean and distortion-free at all levels as any we could hope for from so many years ago.
Alas it was only a fragment containing Ritual and one or two other numbers. Requests followed by groveling for a complete copy were ignored, probably because I didn't have what the gentleman preferred in trade.
So then I took a chance the Highland factory CD referenced below would be a rare winner among volume productions, which usually are so poorly made they lose most of their source' best sound whether master tape available or not or of any quality to begin with. It did deliver more high-end than my first tape, but had considerably less than the later fragment. Worst of all - Highland's CDs and burn were both of such terrible quality half the concert's skeleton vibrating low-end was gone, and digital flutter with added distortion was nearly intolerable. Truly a couldcareless volume CD effort, and utterly tragic given what I know of both concert and master tape.
If anyone out there knows of a worthwhile copy, please advise here!
As of this time this was the only time that I saw Yes in concert. I have to admit it was an incredible experience. I hadn't thought much about specifics until I happened to run across a bootleg of the concert a couple of years ago. The one thing that stands out most to me is I don't remember Chris Squire playing his cream coloured Rick. The bass I remember seeing had a red body! It was a Rickenbacker much like the one he's famous for but the one I remember was red with a black and white inlay around the perimeter. It's been a long time and it might have been some trick of the lighting or time but then I've also read that at one time the head was broken off his Rick and Rickenbacker restored it. Was this something like that? Was it an interim instrument? Does anyone else remember seeing a bass like the one I remember?
My recollection is that Gentle Giant was the opening act.