Yes - Yesshows '77 (Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA 09/26/77)
One of the only two known Yes bootlegs LPs that were recorded during the Going For the One tour in 1977. Both of them were taken from audience tape sources, but they are relatively decent-sounding. This LP was cut at the correct speed. It is easy to feel a little shortchanged, because the music runs only 35 or-so minutes and the album was padded, for some inexplicable reason, with dialogue excerpts from a Monkees' film.
The setlist of the songs here (with the exception of "Roundabout") is somewhat "rare", simply because they were performed in 1977 only, and were dropped from all subsequent tours. Sadly, the bootleggers did not include "Awaken" on this album, even though it would have easily fit had they dropped "Roundabout" and the film dialogue.
Yes was very tight at this point, and all of the songs were performed well. "Roundabout" sounds basically the same as it did in the 1978 and 1979 tours. The most important number here is "Turn of the Century". Beautifully sung, the spell is broken by a brutal edit in the middle instrumental portion. Damn.
Yesshows '77 may not be for everyone, because of the bizarre song selection ("Parallels" and "GFtO" were not exactly favorites among Yes fans) and the recording quality. It is possible to hear much better-sounding versions of these songs on Yesshows SD 2-510, Atlantic Records' legitimate release.
The album cover is a plain white cardboard cover with a 12" x 17" yellow/gold paper insert depicting picture that is identical to the back cover of Yesterdays by Roger Dean. The extra 5" of the insert folds over the back cover and lists the song titles.
~~ Again, this is an unofficial live release. The sound quality is not sonically amazing, but definitely good for what it is and thoroughly enjoyable for any fans of this era of Yes. The record does show signs of it's age, there are a few pops throughout the recording, especially during Colors of the Rainbow. They do not last long, but they are noticeable. ~~
02 Wonderous Stories
03 Colors of the Rainbow / Turn of the Century
04 Here in Long Beach
05 Going For the One
07 Dialogue excerpt from The Monkees' Head film (THIS IS ACTUALLY ON THE RECORD!!)
My 59th vinyl rip!!!
The vinyl transfer was done using a Gemini PT-1000 turntable with a Stanton 680EL cartridge through a Parasound P/PH-100 Phono Pre-amp into my computer. No EQ nor any post-processing. I am not attempting to remove any clicks and pops, unfortunately, this album has a bit of noise throughout.