LDB Special Series #16

Hello! As mentioned, here is a new series from my collection. After the Master Series, here is the Special Series.
Out of my 6,000+ shows and radio broadcasts, I have many concerts that were special for some reasons: the setlist, the
musicians, the venue or unexpected events. These are the ones I'd like to propose you. Most of these come from my
cassettes collection, so they will be released at a slower pace than my Master Series! But you won't be disappointed!
I will try to gather the most unusual things I have in my collection and, as always, your feedback and comments will be my
reward for all the work involved in this project.

Milano, Palatrussardi
21 November 1989

01. Young Persons Guide To The Orchestra
02. Time And A Word/Owner Of A Lonely Heart/Teakbois/Time And A Word (reprise)
03. Clap
04. Mood For A Day
05. Rick Wakeman Solo
06. Long Distance Runaround/Bill Bruford Solo
07. Birthright
08. And You And I
09. I've Seen All Good People
10. Themes
11. Levin/Bruford Duet
12. Brother Of Mine
13. Heart Of The Sunrise
14. Order Of The Universe
15. Roundabout
16. Starship Trooper
17. Sweet Dreams

Lineage: Sony DAT (unknown microphone) > 1st copy tape > Aiwa Tape Deck AD-WX828 > Audigy Soundblaster > HD > SoundForge 7.0
> CD Wave >FLAC Frontend (level 6)

Jon Anderson (Vocals, Guitar)
Bill Bruford (Drums, Percussions)
Steve Howe (Guitars, Vocal)
Rick Wakeman (Keyboards)
Julian Colbeck (Keyboards)
Tony Levin (Bass)
Milton McDonald (Guitars)

This is special for at least two reasons. This is supposed to be one of the earliest live recordings using a DAT device. I
remember back at the end of the 80's this friend had acquired a portable DAT for his professional recording studio and it
was small enough to be carried to tape shows. You must remember that it was still the time of tapes (and tapes flips when
you did not calculate the duration of a song well enough!), analogue technology and a fair amount of hiss on recordings. Plus
copying a tape meant altering dramatically the quality of the copy tape. None of that with a DAT: 160+ minutes of
un-interrupted music, no hiss, no tape flip. The only problem is that noone had a DAT to play the master, so we were forced
to have cassette copies from the master. The quality of this recording has nothing to do with today's digital technology, but
you can still hear this is DAT.

The show was also particular in some ways. Unfortunately, the italian dates were set at
the end of the tour and I remember a very cold winter back in 1989. When Jon came onstage with Steve to perform the first
couple of acoustic tracks on a medley, everyone could note that his voice was absolutely bad. He just couldn't reach high
notes, so he had to manage to sing on a lower register. The audience reacted very well but Jon just couldn't do it.
Because of Jon's illness, several songs were dropped from the setlist, notably Close To The Edge. Actually the setlist was
shortened more and more during the
italian tour: CTTE was dropped in Torino and Milano, while in Roma many more tracks were dropped; Jon was seriously ill!
Jon was very professional and, with the whole audience asking for CTTE, he even consulted Steve to check if it was not
possible to drop other tracks in favour of it. I clearly remember seeing Steve shaking his head, so the band had to carry
on with Heart of the sunrise. Jon did an extra effort to comeback onstage for the last
encore, Sweet Dreams but at the end he was exhausted. After Rome, all the rest of the tour was cancelled and the date in
Modena was not played on the 1990 tour.