Author Archives: Rich

Remember to leave comments!

Just a friendly reminder that I really appreciate when people leave comments about the music, so be sure to comment on the post when you listen. It will also serve to let me know folks are still following this blog … Continue reading

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Fly From Here (2012)

For me, the release of Fly From Here in 2011 was a major highlight in recent Yes history. Benoit David had been the official vocalist for some time, but the release of an album really validates a band’s lineup, and Yes is no … Continue reading

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Trevor Rabin: I Can’t Look Away (1989)

While ABWH was doing their thing, Trevor Rabin released an amazing solo album called Can’t Look Away in 1989. Here’s the title track from the Boston show on December 5, 1989. This tour (along with the ABWH Tour) is high on my … Continue reading

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Signs of life…

Hey everyone. Another long hiatus… But I fixed the MP3 links (the host information got messed up) as well as the links on the Complete Yesshows page (formerly known as “Yesshow of the Month” – What was I thinking, naming … Continue reading

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YOSO: Changes and Yes Medley (2010)

YOSO is was a Billy Sherwood project with ex-Toto frontman Bobby Kimbal, and ex-Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye. Augmented by Jimmy Bruhns (Yes tribute ‘Roundabout’) on guitars and Scott Connor (Genesis tribute ‘Gabble Ratchet’) on drums, they released an album of … Continue reading

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Complete Yesshows page updated

Hey everyone! I’ve updated the Complete Yesshows page with a complete Tales From Topographic Oceans show. Check it out!

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Some wonderful news!

Just read this in an interview with Chris Squire about the upcoming Rite of Spring tour: “Yes have a really large library of material that we have amassed over the years so we are able to do a lot of different things. Obviously, we … Continue reading

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Complete Yesshows page updated

I’ve posted the first night of the Big Generator tour on the Complete Yesshows page. Check it out!

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Hosting space for full shows?

Hey everyone. I’d like to provide links to full shows but don’t have the hosting space nor the money to upgrade the account the MP3s live on. Can someone recommend a good free option? I’ve looked at sites like MegaUpload and … Continue reading

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Starship Trooper (1991)

From the wonderful Union tour and a show I was actually at…here’s “Starship Trooper” from the Philadelphia Spectrum on April 16, 1991. This was the second encore, after “Roundabout”, and wasn’t played at all Union shows. “Wurm” solos by Tony, … Continue reading

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Owner of a Lonely Heart (2004)

Here’s a wonderful version of “Owner of a Lonely Heart” from the Prince’s Trust/Trevor Horn Tribute show in November, 2004. The band was Trevor Rabin, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White, Geoff Downes and a host of side players including … Continue reading

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Our Song & Hearts (1984)

Hello all! This is my first post since moving the blog over to WordPress. I seem to be in a YesWest mood lately, so here’s a couple from a soundboard recording from September 9, 1984, at the Hershey Park Arena in Hershey, … Continue reading

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Welcome the the new home of my Yes blog!

I’ve finally done what I wanted to do for a long time – migrated my Yes blog from Blogger to WordPress. I never really liked Blogger, and when my image host deleted all the pics that I had on the … Continue reading

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Please Comment!

Hey folks. Please comment on the songs as you listen. I love to hear what people think and generally how Yes music moves you. Thanks and enjoy the music!

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Parallels (2008)

Here’s the current incarnation of the band performing “Parallels” from the Cleveland, Ohio gig at the House of Blues on November 25, 2008. One of the nice things about the In the Present lineup was the return of seldom-played songs … Continue reading

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Final Eyes (1987)

Here’s another one the YesWest fans have been wanting to hear. “Final Eyes” along with “I’m Running” (posted earlier here) are by many fans considered the better tracks on Big Generator as they’re both more “prog” sounding as far as … Continue reading

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Madrigal > On the Silent Wings of Freedom (1978)

Someone along the way requested this so here it is. This is one of the best versions of “On the Silent Wings of Freedom” and is especially nice with the “Madrigal” lead-in and buildup to Jon’s “Bass guiter…Mr. Christopher Squire” … Continue reading

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"Soundchaser" solo piano – Amazing!

Just saw this on Yesfans. Had to post it here. Absolutely amazing!

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Upgrade to "I’m Running"

I have obtained a much better recording of the first night of the Big Generator tour! I upgraded the post for “I’m Running” and will soon be uploading “Final Eyes” so stay tuned! Update: “Final Eyes” has been posted and … Continue reading

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We Can Fly From Here (studio version) (1980)

Well at least one person said they were waiting for new posts! And there are 48 members of the Facebook group so I’m gonna try to get the posts flowing again… Here is an interesting version of “We Can Fly … Continue reading

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Ping…

Hey everyone. There’s new posts coming soon. I promise. I just don’t know when lol. I’m just checking in to say Hi and let anyone watching this site know that I’m still alive. I know I had mentioned that I … Continue reading

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Anyone home?

No comments on the new posts…just wondering if anyone’s rediscovered the site yet. Let me know! More music to come…this time I mean it! Next post might be “South Side of the Sky” from the European leg of the In … Continue reading

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Close to the Edge (1996)

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 … Continue reading

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Astral Traveler & Machine Messiah (2009)

My first new post of music in 18 months, and it just had to be a couple from the current lineup of the band. From the In the Present tour, here’s “Astral Traveler” and “Machine Messiah” from the July 7, … Continue reading

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Magenta’s "Wonderous Stories"

I thought it would be interesting to post links to other Yes-related stuff I find in my travels. Here’s one of my favorite recent finds: The band Magenta performing a great version of Wonderous Stories. Magenta is a prog band … Continue reading

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Stand by…

I’m coming back from the dead….soon. Saw the current incarnation of Yes twice so far, with my third show at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA, on February 5, 2010. I have several recordings from the tour which I will … Continue reading

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Hello!

Well, I have again been away for a while. A lot has happened in Yes-land over the last few months. The whole Jon/Not Yes thing got me a bit bummed, but they seem to have worked things out. I was … Continue reading

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Circa: The Yes Medley (2008)

Ok, I for one have been wanting to hear this for as long as I have known about it. For the uninitiated, Circa: is a new Yes-related band consisting of Billy Sherwood, Alan White, Tony Kaye and Jimmy Haun (augmented … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Site news & Yes tour cancelled…

Well, the news just came to me that the forthcoming Yes summer tour has been cancelled due to Jon’s ongoing health issues. I’m crushed. But, I still will try my best to begin posting again. I’m finishing some major surgery … Continue reading

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Yes is back! (and so am I…)

Hi, folks. Sorry I’ve been away for what seems like eons. Life has been CRAZY and I just haven’t had time for much beyond just surviving. However…… With Yes returning for a 40th Anniversary Tour (WooHoo!!) I figured I should … Continue reading

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Endless Dream (1994)

For many Yesfans, myself included, “Endless Dream” is the pinnacle of Trevor Rabin’s tenure with Yes. A Yes epic truly worthy of the term, “Endless Dream” can stand on its own along side the other classic epics the band has … Continue reading

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On the Silent Wings of Freedom (1978)

I guess I’m on a roll tonight. This is another radio broadcast (gotta love ’em!). Here is the climax of Tormato, performed on September 19, 1978, in Richfield, Ohio. Why this song was left off of The Word is Live … Continue reading

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The Gates of Delirium (2001)

I just had to post my all-time favorite Yessong. I actually thought of posting every version I have, but that would take up a bit too much space! Instead, here is “The Gates of Delirium” from a show I was … Continue reading

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Union Tour: Stuttgart 1991

How about a few from the Union tour? This is one of my favorite eras of Yes, even if the album itself was pretty sad (but it did have some great moments). The tour, on the other hand, was amazing. … Continue reading

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Upgrade to "Going for the One & Sweet Dreams"

Hey, folks. I won’t apologize for the long layover, except to say I give time to this site when I have time. I’ve acquired a few new shows recently, and hope to get some more stuff out soon. For now, … Continue reading

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Going for the One (1977)

Looking at the posts so far, I realized I didn’t have anything from the Going for the One tour. That is partly because until now, I haven’t had good recordings from that era. But a few recent posts on Dime … Continue reading

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Going for the One & Sweet Dreams (2004)

Upgraded 7/25/2007! Henry from the “Machine Messiah” post asked for “Going for the One” and “Sweet Dreams” from the 35th Anniversary Tour, so here you go. This is an upgrade to the original post from June 13, 2004, at the … Continue reading

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Steve Howe Trio (2007)

Ok, this is really cool. Here are two cuts of the Steve Howe Trio from May 19, 2007. Recorded at The Platform in Morecambe, England, this is essentially jazz with Steve accompanied by his son, Dylan, on drums and Ross … Continue reading

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Machine Messiah (1980)

I received a couple comments asking for more Drama tour stuff. While I love every era of Yes, the uniqueness of the Drama years has always been a draw for me. Here’s “Machine Messiah” from the Leicester, UK, show on … Continue reading

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We Have Heaven/South Side of the Sky (2003)

Someone in a comment along the way asked for a good version of “South Side of the Sky,” but there are so many. Here is one from the Full Circle tour, paired with “We Have Heaven,” from September 14, 2003, … Continue reading

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Perpetual Change (1984)

Sorry I’ve been away for a while. Hopefully, posts will start trickling in again. Thanks for hanging with me! Here is a rare performance of “Perpetual Change” from the 90125 tour. This was taken from the very first night of … Continue reading

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Please post comments!

Greetings, Yesfans! I hope you’re enjoying the music. All I ask in return is comments. If you download a song and enjoy it, please come back and add a comment to the song’s post. This is meant to be a … Continue reading

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Holy Lamb > Wurm (1987)

On the surface, segueing into “Wurm” from “Holy Lamb” seems like almost a travesty. During the Big Generator tour, Yes dropped the “Life Seeker” and “Disillusion” sections from “Starship Trooper” and just played “Wurm.” The three shows I saw I … Continue reading

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The Remembering & The Ancient (1974)

While live versions of the first and last movements of Tales from Topographic Oceans abound, versions of “The Remembering” and “The Ancient” are not as common. Here are the second and third movements, taken from the awesome “Boston Tea-FTO Party” … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (2007)

Here’s a real gem – “No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed” performed by Jon with the Paul Green’s School of Rock All-Stars. And while I’d much prefer to hear Jon perform Yes music with Yes, this is a neat take … Continue reading

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Mind Drive – XYZ Sessions (1981)

From a very unique era of Yes history comes this early version of “Mind Drive.” XYZ was to be a new band, initially featuring Chris Squire, Alan White and Jimmy Page, appropriately named XYZ for “Ex-Yes-Zeppelin.” But nothing came of … Continue reading

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What’s up with no new posts??

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I am still here. I’ve just been extremely busy and have had no time to dedicate to this site. I do have some more stuff in the wings to post, and … Continue reading

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Yours is no Disgrace (1984)

Here’s a great version of “Yours is no Disgrace” from the 90125 tour. In my (not so) humble opinion, of all the ‘classic’ Yes material performed on this tour, the YesWest lineup performed “Yours is no Disgrace” the best. Taken … Continue reading

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Thoughts on sound quality

In the XM Radio post, there are a few comments on the sound quality of some of the songs posted here. So I figured a general post on sound quality was in order… A lot of what I post here … Continue reading

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Fanfare for the Common Man (2006)

Ok, a slight departure. From the US leg of the 2006 Asia tour, here is an incredible version of ELP’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.” What makes this great (and qualifies it for inclusion here) is Steve’s soloing in the … Continue reading

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No Way We Can Lose (1997)

One more for the New Year! From the Open Your Eyes tour, here’s one of only two live performances of “No Way We Can Lose.” This one was taken from the very first night of the tour, in Hartford, CT, … Continue reading

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Quartet (1989)

Happy New Year! Digging through my hard drive, I found this rare performance of “Quartet” from the Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe tour. This is the only known live performance of the song, from the first night of the tour on … Continue reading

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XM Acoustic Radio Show (2002)

Deep Tracks with Yes: 8/10/2002 With very special thanks to Kevin (khalpin) at Yesfans, here is what could be described as an orphan amongst the Bittorrent community. Since XM is considered a lossy format, many of the trading sites won’t … Continue reading

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I’m Running (1987)

Upgraded 8/12/10! I have obtained a much better recording of this show. This version has unbelievably clear sound for an 1980’s-era audience recording. The bass and drums are especially clear. I’ve upgraded this post and will also be adding “Final … Continue reading

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Updates?

I got one comment asking about updates. I hope to add some more stuff over the next week or two, but I was wondering if anyone was actually using this site. Leave a comment on this post just so I … Continue reading

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The Revealing Science of God (1997)

From the Open Your Eyes tour, here is a wonderful performance of the first movement from Tales From Topographic Oceans. This is from the San Diego Civic Center on December 9, 1997, and was taken from a soundboard feed for … Continue reading

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Comments are nice!

Hey, fellow Yesfans! I’m interested in what you think of the songs. If you have a few minutes and are so inclined, please leave some comments. At the bottom of each post, below the MP3 link, it says how many … Continue reading

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Nine Voices (2002)

Another contribution from Nitrus, here is a performance of “Nine Voices” accompanied by a 50-voice high school choir. The story of how this all came about is on Forgotten Yesterdays and is a fun read. I can’t imagine what it … Continue reading

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New Language (1999)

“New Language” was played at only a few shows during The Ladder tour, and I’m not sure why. It’s one of the better songs from the album, and came across pretty well live. Here is a performance from the October … Continue reading

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Go Through This (1980)

Another Drama tour gem, this version of “Go Through This” is quite a different than the well-known MSG version that appears on The Word is Live. I have no idea which show this is from, but it rocks. I really … Continue reading

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Cinema > City of Love (1994)

“City of Love” has always been one of my favorite YesWest songs. Here, they combine it with “Cinema” for an awesome one-two punch. For me, the Talk tour had some of the best playing from this lineup. This is from … Continue reading

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Hold Out Your Hand > You By My Side (1976)

At the beginning of the 1976 Solo Album tour, YES performed songs from each member’s solo albums. Unfortunately, not too long into the tour the solo material was dropped. Here is “Hold Out Your Hand/You By My Side” from Chris’ … Continue reading

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High Vibration (1975)

The first contribution! This one comes from Yesfans member Nitrus. It’s a very early take on “Awaken” that was played during the Relayer tour at the August 23, 1975, Reading UK gig. It’s just the opening section, but it shows … Continue reading

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Parallels (1980)

Ah, the infamous Drama tour! While Trevor Horn was certainly no Jon Anderson, he did an admirable job, all things considered. And the band played very well on that tour. To give the uninitiated a feel for what they sounded … Continue reading

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Master of Images (1984)

Only twice did YES touch on “Awaken” during the 90125 tour. This is from the August 11 show in East Troy, WI. It’s just Jon and Tony, but still it’s cool to hear. Usually, Jon sang the “Soon” excerpt from … Continue reading

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Release, Release (1978)

YES rarely performed “Release, Release” live as it was such a powerhouse piece and left the guys quite winded. Here is a live version from one of the Boston shows early in the Tormato tour. The performance is pretty tight, … Continue reading

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Awaken (2004)

Here is a wonderful version of “Awaken” from the 35th Anniversary tour. Recorded at the September 13 show in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this is one of the best sounding audience recordings I have ever heard. I downloaded the entire show … Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams (1984)

To start things off, here is a great version of “Sweet Dreams” performed on March 5, 1984, in Champaign, Illinois. According to Forgotten Yesterdays, this is the only time the band played “Sweet Dreams” during the 90125 tour. It’s a … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to my Yessongs blog. This is an attempt to respond to the “We should all pitch in…” thread on Yesfans, posted by Drazan22 to encourage more active sharing of Yes music amongst the Yesfans community. On this … Continue reading

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