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What did the Talk songs sound like live? – 628

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

This week, Mark and I take our cue from the recent announcement of the Talk deluxe box set to be released at the end of this month. It contains a live recording of a 1994 concert in Canandaigua, New York (interestingly seemingly misspelt on the adverts) that includes 5 songs from the recently released album. So we were wondering how the latest songs sounded in 1994 in a live setting.

The best bootleg available up to now has been the TV broadcast from Santiago in Chile during the fairly short South American Tour of 1994. Mark owns a DVD of the show but it’s available to everyone, including me, on YouTube and the version I have included below is the whole of the broadcast version including interviews with the band and behind the scenes footage. It’s well worth a watch in full.

Mark and I focussed on just the Talk songs for this discussion, however, and there’s plenty to enjoy, as you might imagine. This lineup of the band included Billy Sherwood in his first stint and benefits from his singing, guitar playing, keyboards, bass and assorted percussion. He is, as I’m sure you know, a man of many parts. See if you agree with our assessment of the Talk songs from this performance.

  • Was it possible to replicate all the studio trickery live?
  • Are the band in synch?
  • How did the audience react?

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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: archive.org

3 replies on “What did the Talk songs sound like live? – 628”

I saw 5 shows on the Talk tour & loved them all. I especially enjoyed the extra power to the songs that come with live performance, and the added benefit of the quad sound of those shows by listening with headphones to the radio frequency. It’s a shame they still haven’t released a separate recording of one of the shows on cd or digital download, or on a dvd. Like Mark, for years I’ve had audio recordings and videos or dvds of select shows in the US and South America.

I was at the Canandaigua show, so it will be great to have another official YES album with me in the crowd noise!
I miss the days when YES would play a big chunk of their latest album on tour. Fans used to expect it, but now I think the majority of concert-goers want nostalgia to be the focus.

I’m probably the most skeptical Yes fan of their last thirty years output. I consider Talk to be the last of their great albums so am genuinely excited about this release. Or should that be Release Release?
Your descriptions of the live content you reviewed are so heartening. Longer than the original songs for me is always a good thing for live performances.
Yet another money spinner for these pensioners I don’t mind too much spending some of my pension to keep them in their luxury.

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