Here’s a great recording of “Close to the Edge” from the famous reunion shows in San Luis Obispo in March, 1996. This is from a torrent I downloaded that includes audience recordings of all the material from the three shows that wasn’t released officially on the Keys to Ascension albums. What makes this recording cool is that it’s raw – the live tracks on the KtA albums had a lot of studio fixing/overdubs. This recording is from the March 5th show.
What an exciting point in Yes history: After the Talk tour ended, many thought Yes was finished. Then the classic lineup of Anderson/Howe/Squire/White/Wakeman surprised everyone and reunited for three shows in March, 1996. And what a setlist! I remember seeing this setlist for the first time – I printed it out and hung it on my wall just to remind myself that it really happened. Close to the Edge, Revealing Science of God, Going for the One, Onward and more – so many great songs that I never thought Yes would play live again, even if they continued with the YesWest lineup. While there were to be some more bumps in the road ahead, these shows paved the way for Yes to continue even to this day.
Close to the Edge