Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Yes Releasing Two Live Collections From 1972

Yes was firing on all cylinders in the fall of 1972. The prog-rock pioneers' fifth studio album Close To The Edge was a smash success as audiences around the world packed arenas to see the legendary group perform. The band captured the magic of that tour on its first live album, Yessongs. Released in 1973, the triple-LP sold over a million copies and blew minds with Roger Dean's iconic artwork. 

The band recently discovered recordings of seven complete concerts from the weeks leading up to the shows heard on Yessongs. The latest audio technology was used to restore the reel-to-reel recordings and bring out incredible sonic detail, creating an open, immediate sound that drops listeners right into the front row.

Rhino has assembled three new releases featuring previously unreleased music included on these newly discovered tapes. Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two includes 90 minutes of live recordings selected from various shows. Available on two CDs or three LPs, the music flows like a typical setlist from the tour as it spotlights standout performances from different cities. The set will be available May 19.

Progeny: Seven Shows From Seventy-Two is a 14-disc set that holds every note from all seven shows, recorded in the fall of 1972 as the band's tour jumped from Canada to North Carolina, and then Georgia and Tennessee, before their last stop in New York at Nassau Coliseum on November 20. This comprehensive set comes in a cigarette-style flip top box with new artwork by Dean and will be available on the same day.

This was Yes' first tour with drummer Alan White, who's been with the band ever since. He replaced Bill Bruford, who recorded Close To The Edge before leaving to join King Crimson. White only had three days to learn the band's live show before his first night on stage with Jon Anderson (vocals), Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass) and Rick Wakeman (keyboards).

Recorded three months into the tour, these powerful performances attest to how quickly the new line-up came together musically as they navigate hits like "Roundabout," and complex pieces like "And You and I." Even though the setlist didn't vary much from night to night, the individual performances are strikingly different.

Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two
Track Listing
Disc One
1. Opening (Excerpt From "Firebird Suite")
2. "Siberian Khatru"
3. "I've Seen All Good People"
     a. "Your Move"
     b. "All Good People"
4. "Heart Of The Sunrise"
5. "Clap/Mood For A Day"
6. "And You And I"
     a. "Cord Of Life"
     b. "Eclipse"
     c. "The Preacher The Teacher"
     d. "Apocalypse"

Disc Two
1. "Close To The Edge"
     a. "The Solid Time Of Change"
     b. "Total Mass Retain"
     c. "I Get Up I Get Down"
     d. "Seasons Of Man"
2. Excerpts From "The Six Wives Of Henry VIII"
3. "Roundabout"
4.  "Yours Is No Disgrace"

Progeny: Seven Shows From Seventy-Two
Show listing:
October 31, 1972 - Toronto, Canada
November 1, 1972 - Ottawa, Canada
November 11, 1972 - Durham, NC
November 12, 1972 - Greensboro, NC
November 14, 1972 - Athens, GA
November 15, 1972 - Knoxville, TN
November 20, 1972  - Uniondale, NY