Relayer Tour – Boston 1974

I need to wake this site up a bit. I’m not too sure how many folks are downloading & not leaving comments, but I receive great joy in hearing how excited people are about the music available here. The last post generated just one comment, and it was a negative one at that. So if this post doesn’t generate a decent amount of interest, nothing will and I’ll have to assume there is not much interest in me continuing this site. So here we go…

Stellar Attraction
Yes on the King Biscuit Flower Hour
Boston Garden, December 11, 1974

Here is a Relayer show that holds a special place in my heart. I remember paying $15 for a cassette copy of this at a convention back in the 80s. I hadn’t yet developed any trading friends, so the only way to get live, unreleased music was to pay the bootleggers. (Thank God for the Internet!) I remember listening to that horrible, several-generations-down tape over and over and over. It became my favorite live show, despite the overwhelming hiss and the right channel that dropped out several times. The quality of the performance was that good.

A few weeks ago, I came across this on Dime, and it was a dream come true. Finally, a clean, first-generation recording of this awesome show. The poster described it as a pre-FM copy of the King Biscuit Flower Hour tapes, and the quality is top-notch. The only downside to this recording is that it is missing “Ritual,” but according to the information included with the show, “Ritual” has never been included in the KBFH recordings. A quick check of Forgotten Yesterdays shows that none of the known recordings of the show include “Ritual.” Bummer…

As with the XM Radio show, this is in a lossless format. This time around, thay are flac files. The decoding utility is available here. As before, I had to post the files as zip files, as I still can’t figure out how to download .flac files from a Web browser (can someone help me with this??). However, this time they are not actually zip files! When you save them to your hard drive, just delete the .zip extension. You will then be able to decode them to wav with the flac decoder. If you don’t see the .zip in the save window, then click here to learn how to tell Windows to display file extensions (sorry – don’t know what to tell Mac users). Lastly, this post is pretty big, so grab it while the bandwidth lasts.

Source/quality: Soundboard (pre-FM)/A+

Tracks, CD 1:
KBFH Intro
Firebird Suite
Sound Chaser
Close to the Edge
To Be Over
KBFH Station Break

Tracks, CD 2:
The Gates of Delirium
And You and I
KBFH Outro

Supporting Files

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26 Responses to Relayer Tour – Boston 1974

  1. mundaneDan says:

    hey, keep on blogging dude! i appreciate you posting yes tunes. I’m partial to the Rabin-years myself. have a great weekend!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I´ve been looking or a good live Yes show including “To Be Over” from the 70s and now finally I found one, and what a sound! Excellent!Unfourtunately, “Close To The Edge” is missing and “Sound Chaser” appears twice..! Could you fix this?Many thanks.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for all you share… Keep going on

  4. BlankReg says:

    Sorry about the Close to the Edge link – it’s now fixed. Enjoy!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi blankreg,just wanted to say: great work, really appreciate this!miklemas (Yesfans)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for fixing the link! Just love reading your blogg about Yes-songs from different tours. Keep on bloggin!K.Jelly

  7. Kalka2 says:

    Thanks for putting this up – I have KBFH recording which was apparently done to promote ABWH. It has a song or two from this show, but I’ve been hoping to hearing more for a long time.

  8. Kota says:

    Please keep blogging! I just found this site and have downloaded almost everything, but haven’t gotten the chance to listen to any of it yet. I’m sure it’s GREAT stuff- I love old gems and rare tracks. I’m 19, so I missed out on all the 70s, 80s, and most of the 90s tours- it’s great to be able to have a glimpse back to those times. This is a great, great blog. ❤

  9. Anonymous says:

    Yp this is SOOOOOOOO frustrating. Okay, I hit the decode button and did all the other stuff right, now how do i play the damn thing?

  10. BlankReg says:

    Have you located the .wav files? The decode process should generate .wav files that you can burn as an audio CD or play dorectly on your computer.

  11. Tony says:

    This is a great site for Yes music. Thanks! But how do I get the MP3 out of these zips?How do I located the .wav files?

  12. Thanks – also great to have a whole show (or nearly whole show) from time to time!Newelectricmuse

  13. satyricon says:

    For those wishing not to deal with FLAC files this show can be found at, along with 3 other shows (all from ’78/’79 tours), at… downloadable via rapidshare. 320kbs files thus you will have to deal with downloading from rapidshare x4 and the annoying wait between.while not in FLAC format, the sound quality does not differ that much and is complete as it is here. enjoy!

  14. Anonymous says:

    found “Gates of Delirium” ends rather abruptly early in the track. fixable?

  15. blplus says:

    Congratulations on your blog, a must for a serious Yes fan. I´ve been looking for the artwork on this release for a while, do you have it and if so, can you please post it? Thanks a lot and keep up the great work.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Just found your site today and think it’s GREAT! The Boston show in FLAC is totally COOL! Don’t give up . . . sometimes it takes a while for word to get out—but it will.And please try and post in m4a or FLAC whenever possible . . . mp3s suck!

  17. Mona says:

    Thanx for this. Just listening (& thoroughly enjoying) Yes after about 30 years of not hearing them. Close to the Edge still my fave and was amazed that I remembered the words. Still not a bloody clue what it is all about tho'!Something that i haven't seen on yr blog and would be rapt if you can find it is a scan of the Roger Dean handwritten lyric sheet that came with the album originally. have a copy of VIEWS tho sadly not my original signed copy…still have somewhere tho a letter from Roger Dean from about 74/75 when i asked some advice about art school.Great blog!Regards/

  18. Anonymous says:

    For the MAC users, just erase “.zip” on the file name, keep the “.flac” at the end, and decode with your usual application. That’s works.

  19. peskypesky says:

    this is badass! i’m blasting “Sound Chaser” in my headphones right now and loving it! thank you and please keep blogging and sharing. luv ya.

  20. David Eaton says:

    This is absolutely wonderful.Thank you so much.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the Boston Garden show. I’ve been listening to a cassette copy of my open reel of the FM broadcast that is somewhat better than a CD boot I have. (so much for boots). Haven’t listened to your flacs yet, (almost anything would be an improvement) but am most pleased to find a pre fm version of this grand spectacle of a show.

    I saw the Pittsburgh stop of this tour four rows in front of the stage. Yes rocked the ‘burgh just like they did Boston. It was simply fabulous and that’s what makes this recording so special.

  22. GJW says:

    Thank you very much for your posts and for sharing these files with us. Listening to some of your stuff brought back memories. I think I must have owned the same recording you describe (although mine was a vinyl bootleg called “Stellar Attraction”): the hiss, the channel that dropped out several times…..

    BTW: The version of this show on Wolfgang’s Vault does include “Ritual – Nous Sommes Du Soleil” as part of the set list. Their source is the KBFH catalog, so I guess this is reliable info.


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  24. many many thanks from Brazil

  25. EP says:

    Thanks, friend.

    Was looking for this show for another friend; nice to find it here in an easily fetchable format!

  26. Nicholas Butcher says:

    I was delighted to find that, after all these years, the links here still work. I’ve had a version of this for some time, but the quality of what is here is far superior. Thank you very much.

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