The Sound Of The Rainbow (Scorpio YES-12877)
Boston Gardens, Boston, MA – August 12th, 1977
Disc 1: Firebird Suite, Parallels, I’ve Seen All Good People, Close To the Edge, Wondrous Stories, Colours Of The Rainbow, Turn Of The Century, And You And I
Disc 2: Awaken, Starship Trooper, Roundabout, Yours Is No Disgrace
The Sound Of The Rainbow is the first Yes release on the new Scorpio label and the second time this concert has been released. Many years ago Highland released this tape source on Prelude To Awaken (HL212/13) in similar quality. It is a very good sounding tape that boarders on being excellent most of the time. The taper was a fair distance from the stage but was able to pick up the dynamics of the performance. The opening part of the tape is worse than the rest due to the loud ovation the band receives when they step on stage.
Scorpio compares this to the other wonderful Boston tapes released on the Screamer label several years ago (Neil Young, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan) and while it is good, it is not that good and does not originate from the same one as do the other concerts. It does sound as if the label uses a lower generation tape than Highland did making this an upgrade. Yes’ Going For The One tour is very well documented and pretty much all releases from this era are good sounding and worth having. This show on August 12th is the first of two shows in Boston coming about two weeks after the tour began. They play the new album except for the title track “Going For The One”. It was played on the first four dates, the second show as an encore and the others after “And You And I”.
The song was dropped after the August 3rd show in Philadelphia and was reintroduced on August 22nd in Detroit. “Yours Is No Disgrace” is played in its place as an encore. The concert is played before a typical wild Boston audience. As one witness says, ” Yes came on and were the most motivated I had ever seen them. Squire kicking beach balls back into the crowd, Anderson running behind the curtains stage left and right. M80’s blowing up on the floor of the old building and lasers running across the crowd before that type of thing was banned.”
It has a shaky beginning with Rick Wakeman sounding out of tune during “Parallels”. “I’ve Seen All Good People,” sounds much better as does “Close To The Edge”. The ballad section of the show follows and sounds magnificent in this recording. Jon Anderson introduces “Wondrous Stories” by saying, ” What we’d like to do is to carry on with a song which we recorded on our new album Going For The One. This is a little song that came on a very, very beautiful morning. It’s called ‘Wondrous Stories’.” Afterwards he gives a dedication to “Colours Of The Rainbow” explaining, “When I think about the seven days in a week and the multiplications of seven, this is a song which is for a little girl called Deborah. The song, it a very difficult song to hear. Actually it’s got very beautiful lyrics here if you listen.”
Yes play the “flight jam” prelude before “Awaken” although it isn’t tracked separately as most releases do. During the early heavy part of the song (“Awaken gentle mass touch”) Steve Howe’s guitar disappears from what might be a malfunction of some sort. Chris Squire plays the lead on the bass until Howe returns. (Squire would have serious equipment problems of his own the following night resulting in his decking one of the roadies on stage). During the meditative harp section Wakeman produces some strange noises (about 14:03 into the track) to which the audience loudly reacts. “Starship Trooper”, which will stray all around the set list during the US and European tours, serves as the set closer on this evening and has a funky mini “tour song” as an introduction.
A long version of “Yours Is No Disgrace” is the second and final encore on a very successful first night in Boston. Even though this tape was released before it is good to hear an upgrade. The Sound Of The Rainbow is packaged with a rainbow design in the inside and back with very common tour photos on the front and inside. In general, after months of almost no Yes product on silver discs, boot labels like Sirene and Tarantura have been producing some of the best Yes titles to be seen since Highland disappeared. Scorpio’s production is another great release that is worth having.