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Episode 85 – Yes Live in Philadelphia 1979 DVD

Live 1979
DVD purchased circa. 2002 (Click to enlarge)

The eighty-fifth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the DVD, ‘Live in Philadelphia 1979’.

Listen and then let me know if you agree with my assessment of the disc by contacting me via any of the different routes on the right hand side or by leaving a comment below!

  • What is the production like on this archive recording?
  • Is the band at the peak of its powers?
  • Why buy this collection when there are many others?


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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:

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4 replies on “Episode 85 – Yes Live in Philadelphia 1979 DVD”

Hi Kevin. I’m pretty sure the tour with the ridiculous robotic drums (and Roger Dean balloons) was the 35th anniversary tour in 2004. I was lucky enough to see them twice on that tour .

Hi Ken, I think you are correct judging by this clip “songs From Tsongas” 2004 I found on you tube of Ritual

See especially at 1:42 apparently for this version of Ritual they needed Alan(regular drum kit), Chris(kettle drums) and Jon(various) on drums and the weird glowing robotic drums with yellow beaters! I honestly don’t think it made it better than just Alan on his own.

Hi Paul – as I said on the podcast, I agree. It was a good performance but very little added via the robots! I hope Ritual makes a welcome return to the set list!

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