Yesshows

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Yesshows
Live album by Yes
Released 24 November 1980
Recorded 17 August 1976 -
28 October 1978
Genre Progressive rock
Length 78:54
Label Atlantic
Producer Chris Squire
Back cover

Yesshows is the second live album by British progressive rock group Yes. Released shortly after the appearance of Drama, Yesshows comprises live performances ranging from the summer of 1976 to the supporting tour for Tormato in 1978. The album's release was supervised by bassist Chris Squire.

Yesshows was remastered and expanded in 2009 by Isao Kikuchi, and published by Warner Music Japan as part of their "Yes SHM-CD Papersleeve" series.

Background[edit]

Like the group's previous live album, Yessongs, Yesshows begins with a recording of Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. Unlike the Yessongs version, the band members may be heard playing in tandem with the Stravinsky track on this recording.

Although Rick Wakeman is the keyboardist on most tracks, the 1976 performances ("The Gates of Delirium" and "Ritual - Nous Sommes du Soleil") feature Patrick Moraz. Moraz left Yes just before the recording of Going for the One.

On the original double vinyl LP, "Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)" was split in two, with its second half continuing on Side D of the record. For the CD edition, it was stitched back together, although each part is allotted its own track number.

The album shows photographs of the band's late 1970s live stage performances. Around 1977 they developed the idea of a circular rotating stage, known informally as performing "in the round", with Jon Anderson's microphone hanging from the ceiling of the venue.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Yesshows (Atlantic K 60142) reached #22 in the UK. It also reached #43 in the US during a chart stay of 12 weeks.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. Introduction (excerpt from The Firebird) / "Parallels" (Chris Squire) – 7:07
    • recorded at Ahoy'-Hal, Rotterdam. 11/24/1977
  2. "Time and a Word" (Jon Anderson/David Foster) – 4:06
    • recorded at Empire Pool, Wembley, 10/27/1978
  3. "Going for the One" (Jon Anderson) – 5:22
    • recorded at Festhalle, Frankfurt, 11/18/1977

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Gates of Delirium" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Alan White/Patrick Moraz) – 22:40
    • recorded at Cobo Hall, Detroit, 8/17/1976

Side three[edit]

  1. "Don't Kill the Whale" (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire) – 4:12
    • recorded at Empire Pool, Wembley, 10/28/1978
  2. "Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)" (Part 1) (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Rick Wakeman/Alan White) – 11:48
    • recorded at Cobo Hall, Detroit, 8/17/1976

Side four[edit]

  1. "Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)" (Part 2) (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Steve Howe/Rick Wakeman/Alan White) – 17:07
    • recorded at Cobo Hall, Detroit, 8/17/1976
  2. "Wonderous Stories" (Jon Anderson) – 3:54
    • recorded at Ahoy'-Hal, Rotterdam. 11/24/1977

2009 Japan Bonus Tracks [wpcr-13525/6][edit]

  1. "I've Seen All Good People"
    a. "Your Move"
    b. "All Good People"
    • recorded at Empire Pool, Wembley, 10/28/1978
  2. "Roundabout"
    • recorded at Oakland, 1978

Personnel[edit]

Reissues[edit]

1987 - Atlantic - CD (Japanese only)
1994 - Atlantic - CD (Remastered)
2009 - 2-CD New Remaster by Isao Kikuchi - Warner Music Japan WPCR-13525/6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay (2011). "Yesshows - Yes | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 

Sources[edit]

  • AllMusicGuide.com
  • "Top Pop Albums 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c.2002