Yes – Every Little Thing (Highland HL419)

Every Little Thing (Highland HL419)

Cologne Pop Festival, Sporthalle, Köln, Germany – April 3rd, 1970

(29:58):  No Opportunity Necessary No Experience Needed, Then, Every Little Thing, Astral Traveller, Everydays

Every Little Thing documents Yes’ set at the Progressive Pop Festival ’70 in Cologne, Germany.  The bill for this festival included Deep Purple, Procol Harum, Soft Machine, Steamhammer, Colosseum and Tyrannosaurus Rex.  The sound of this tape is fair to good but the emphasis on the lower end tends to dominate the overall sound.  It sounds similar to the Deep Purple tape and is probably from the same taper.  There are cuts between the tracks and a small one at 3:43 in “Then.”

Yes play a very short set with material culled almost exclusively from their latest album Time And A Word, which they finished recording in January and would be released in June.  The set begins with the first two songs from the new album, “No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed” and “Then.”  Both songs had been part of the live act for almost a year up to this point.  The studio versions were heavily treated with the orchestra, but obviously the stage arrangements from before are played.

An eyewitness confirms that the sound system was poor for most of the bands and for Yes it even breaks down right at the beginning of “Then.”  Bill Bruford keeps the momentum going while it is being fixed.  Chris Squire leads the rest of the band back into the song.  “Every Little Thing” is the only song from the first album played and includes short references to “Norwegian  Wood” and “Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring.”

“Astral Traveller”, the newest original in the set, sounds adventurous, dynamic and inventive compared to the other songs.  The short set ends with “Everydays,” also from the new album.  This tape is significant since, except for the April 7th BBC session for John Peel where they recorded “For Everyone,” this would be one of the last recorded things with Banks.  He would be fired on April 18th after the show on Luton and replaced by Steve Howe. 

Every Little Thing remains the only silver pressed edition of this interesting tape.  Highland get the date wrong (they list April 4th but Yes played on April 3rd), and the disc is way too short.  One would have hoped Highland could have included bonus material, but for the Yes collector this is another fascinating and essential title to own.   

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