Solid Time Of Change (Siréne-104)
Duke University, Durham, NC – November 11th, 1972
Disc 1 (48:05): Firebird Suite, Siberian Khatru, I’ve Seen All Good People, Heart Of The Sunrise, Clap/Mood For A Day/Clap, And You And IDisc 2 (49:11): Close To The Edge, Rick Wakeman Solo, Roundabout, Yours Is No Disgrace
Solid Time Of Change documents Yes’ Duke University show from November 11th, which is perhaps the best sounding audience recording from that tour. The band professionally taped this show although none of it has ever surfaced. (The show three nights later in Athens, Georgia is the source for “Yours Is No Disgrace” on Yessongs). This tape was released before as Alternate Yessongs on Highland (HL003/4#Y2). Sirene have copied the fan produced Moongate Climber (30th Anniversary Edition) in total which is very close to the master if not the master itself.
The difference in sound quality between the two is very dramatic. The Highland is very hissy and a bit dull whereas the Siréne is much more dynamic and brighter. Also the Highland version runs noticeably too fast whereas Siréne sounds closer to the correct pitch. It is definitely the best source to surface from their North American tour that autumn. Moongate Climber and Solid Time Of Change complete the cuts in “An You And I” and “Yours Is No Disgrace” from other concerts for continuity.
The numbers from Close To The Edge are the new songs they were breaking in their set list and Jon Anderson gives a long introduction to “And You And I”: “Thank you, thank you. Um..tuning up now to the next one. Which is a song, we’re gonna do a song from the new album and..uh the song, we used to call this song in the studio while we were recording it, we used to call it ‘The Protest Song’ and.. uh I though, I though, I got to thinking about all the protest songs that’ve been written. All the incredible ones from Bob Dylan and the folk singers alike and The Beatles nobody listens, you know, the people in charge. There’s really sort it all out. It’s all there for them to listen to and to sort out and to make it great for our children. Because we’re all going to have children. Everybody here, you know? Anyway, this song.. uh relates to a few things. In the middle and at the end. It relates to dreaming about all the good things in life. And if, if enough people dream about it, maybe it’ll come true for us all, and for our children.”
Steve Howe plays “Clap” with “Mood For A Day” inserted in the middle. This is the only tour where these two numbers are played together. Several years ago Rhino gained some controversy with Yes fans with their The Yes Album Expanded and Remastered. They included Howe working on this arrangement with no documentation on the liner notes and Howe himself commented that it really didn’t belong there since it has nothing to do with the sessions in 1970 that produced that LP. The master tape only had about four minutes of the encore “Yours Is No Disgrace”.
After the Duke University tape runs out about 4:15 a tape from a 1971 show with Bill Bruford is spliced in. At 6:06 yet another source is spliced in, this one from the Trevor Rabin era. At 7:58 and lasting until 11:43 is a segment from a 1980 Yes show, so we are treated to Trevor Horn struggling to reach the high notes. After that a poor audience source with Jon Anderson is used right to the end.
This was meant by the producers of Moongate Climber to be an homage to the evolution of the piece and not a “best of”. It would have been good if the actual sources were noted on the artwork but the spirit of the enterprise is right. This is a great release and is worth having. Just be prepared when you get to the encores because you will be shifting around a lot.