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Episode 173 – Yes Live Rarities

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A CD of Yes Live Rarities from Bob Burns spanning decades of the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

  • What lies in wait – and from what eras?
  • Are any of these recordings different or special?
  • Are these recordings more interesting that Seven Shows From Seventy-Two promises to be?

Listen to the episode and then let me know what you think!

Show links and notes

Glass Hammer members talks about Awaken

Roger Dean on Tales From Topographic Oceans

Jacob Moon Band – Owner of a Lonely Heart cover


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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and

4 replies on “Episode 173 – Yes Live Rarities”

Hello Kevin,

Another enjoyable episode. So i know a few things about this Chile concert in which you spoke of. I bought the live Dvd from which they were taken from many years ago. I left a photo of it on your twitter page. Some quick points to clear some of the mystery. Jon plays a keyboard during the show that placed way up on an upper level of the stage. He seems to play it only when he feels like…Like that little Sci fi bit before I am waiting. He also plays it before a few other songs as well as random electronic percussion. Also there is Billy Sherwood who play 2nd guitar, keyboards and 2nd bass..that right he plays bass with Chris during the opening of Endless Dream. I also read an excellent article with Tony Kaye that spoke of that tour and the fact that he played a lot of the keys live and also had a 2nd keyboard rig under the stage that was used for various “sampling”. I’m sure that answers your backing vocal question. An interesting fact: Did you know Tony Kaye was an Un credited ssession musician who played on Def Leppards Pyromania album? He plays all the keys on that album. Hope this clears up some questions.

Thanks Mark. Fascinating stuff! Thanks also for the Twitter pic. Even if some bits were triggered, it’s still a great performance and I think I have seen Anderson playing a keyboard. Maybe it was the Ladder tour.

After hearing Kaye in various things it’s a bit out of character to think of him in Def Leopard!

Thanks again!

Hey Kevin,

Your welcome. I found that Tony Kaye interview where he speaks about Talk and the Def Leppard sessions. It’s at the Yesfans forum. Just go to past members section go to Tony Kaye and it’s the thread that says Tony Kaye interview part 2. I believe the thread was done by Earl Gray. Sorry I don’t know how to copy and paste threads on my cell phone.

Kevin, in this episode you make reference to the Buggles’ material woven into a piece from Drama. You compared it to Rick or Steve playing a piece of their solo work.

However this, in my opinion is not the same thing. When Rick or Steve played a solo piece it was from while they were in the band, whereas ‘Video Killed…’ was a pop song from before Downes and Horne joined Yes. It came across as pretty cheesy at the time. It is essential to get that in context

Of course, that song, although pop, is an excellent piece and totally prophetic. It has definitely stood the test of time,ironically, better than some of Yes’ weaker material!

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