Yes In Japan (Siréne-071)
Kanada Kyoritsu Kondou, Tokyo, Japan – March 10th, 1973
Disc 1 (48:13): Siberian Khatru, I’ve Seen All Good People, Heart Of The Sunrise, Mood For A Day, Clap, Colours Of The Rainbow, And You And I
Disc 2 (66:31): Close To The Edge, Rick Wakeman solo, Roundabout, Yours Is No Disgrace, Starship Trooper
Yes In Japan documents the third of three shows in Tokyo on Yes’ first tour of the far east. This release completes the series that began with the second show released on the Ayanami label Close To The East and the first show released as Heart Of The Sunrise on Sirene. This new title comes from the same taper and is in similar very good quality as the second night especially.
He was positioned a distance from the stage and captures quite a lot of echo and hiss is also audible in the right channel. But the music is enjoyable. There are three cuts in the tape. “Firebird Suite” is cut out and the show begins right at the first verse of “Siberian Khatru”.
There is a tape flip at 5:36 into “Close To The Edge” which eliminates the second verse and then runs complete (including the long breaks between the encores) until “Starship Trooper”, where the tape runs out in the very midst of “Wurm” which is a shame. It makes me wish he paused the tape.
This show was added later on their touring itinerary and is notable for being the first where Jon Anderson sings “Sakura Sakura”. “Last night some friends came down to see us and they sang us an old Japanese folk song and I’m going to try to sing it for you now” he says before a nice rendition of the Japanese folk tune. (It was claimed he sang it at every show in Japan but the tape evidence proves otherwise. He sang it here and in Osaka two nights later and both times before “Mood For A Day”, not after the encores).
The performance is very good. Wakeman is very creative in his solo spot, adding a boogie section to Henry VIII’s wives, but his wandering head also misses some cues in “Yours Is No Disgrace” and “Starship Trooper” and “Close To The Edge”.
Despite that this is probably the best of the three Tokyo shows. They don’t sound as tense as the first show and are really enjoying themselves. It’s also great to finally listen to since this is the first release of this concert. Yes In Japan is a nice companion to the previously mentioned titles and is worth having. Hopefully Sirene can find tapes for the Nagoya and Kyoto shows and release the rest of the tour.