yessongs in the woods with
Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe
Jon Anderson- vocals
Bill Bruford- drums
Rick Wakeman- keyboards
Steve Howe- guitar
Tony Levin- bass
Great Woods Performing Arts Center
Mansfield, Mass. U.S.A.
August 6, 1989
performance quality: A, my favorite 89 performance
recording quality: B
source: 1st gen. audience tapes (2 sources)
lineage: Realistic twinhead stereo mike >
Sony D-6 cassette deck >
(1st track only, Sony auto levelling deck w/built in mikes) >
Maxell XLII-S cassettes >
played on Naka. 125 into soundforge 4.5 >
CD > CD extractor > FLAC 6 > torrentially yours.
setlist: first set (69:49)
1: young person's guide to the orchestra intro 2:29
2: time and a word > 2:56
3: owner of a lonely heart > teakbois > 3:13
4: time and a word reprise 1:14
5: the clap 4:29
6: mood for a day 4:45
7: keyboard solo 5:41
8: long distance runaround > 3:27
9: drums > 3:00
10: birthright 7:17
11: and you and I 9:38
12: all good people 9:19
20: starship trooper (final encore) 12:18 (applause fades in and out before and after)
second set and encores (77:01)
13: close to the edge 21:26
14: themes > drums and bass 10:29
15: brother of mine 10:26
16: the meeting 5:42
17: heart of the sunrise 11:26
18: order of the universe 8:40
19: roundabout 8:51 (applause fades in and out before and after)
sometimes the first time you do something is the best, and this was the 1st
and best of 3 ABWH shows I saw in 1989 and 90. the 1st try to record was a total
failure for me, I was using a borrowed deck I'd never used before and had no
record level indicator so I had no idea if it was recording or not. At least
this time there was another 2 tapers, one with a deck much like the one I tried
to use for this show (with a little better result in Maine 6 days later). This
was a very good show, the crowd was into it and the performance was tight. Tony
Levin is from Mass. and always gets a warm reception here. I've heard about 6 of
the ABWH shows, a couple were dime DL's. This is my favorite performance.
the recording is nothing "hi-fi" but pretty listenable, not bad for a pavillion
audience recording (I hate going to pavillion shows, this was a rare exception
I made not once but twice for this tour.) Unfortunately I had lost the services
of a 2nd D-6 deck before this tour, which I was familiar with and had good results
with at a few other shows. no "special" songs in this set, but all my favorite
songs from then- current album are in here and there wasn't a weak number in the
Woods are great.
ABWH is great.
whether Great Woods/Tweeter Center/Comcast Center is great is up to you to decide.
selling this recording is not great.
so Do not sell this recording.
Trade freely and losslessly.
This recording could be a candidate for an EQ remastering if someone knows how
and wants to do it, but I've posted it without any EQ/noise reduction or
processing other than to reduce some loud claps, balance the levels and apply
a fadeout for both encores, and a fadein (of applause) for Starship since I
put it at the end of disc 1. Unlike my Maine master aud which is missing some
parts of the show, this is the whole great show from Great Woods. As so often
seems to be, in a sea of Yes recordings that includes alot from this tour,
I haven't seen this one posted at all. I was hoping someone had a nice DAT
of it, but this is the best recording I've heard of this show. It's not the best
sound quality recording I've heard from this tour but far from the worst.
I have only heard a few good ones (Seattle 90 and one other, I forget which,
both from dime DL, both are good ones.)
If anyone's got a better recording of this, don't be a shy guy/gal.
Post it up.