Going for the One Tour
Pavillon de Paris
Paris, France
December 6, 1977

Contrast clause: this is THE ULTIMATE REMASTER!!!

The date 7-7-7 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Going For The One, reuniting the "Classic Yes Line-up," so I thought it would be fun to seed the shows I have in my collection on or near the dates of their 30th anniversaries. And now we've arrived at the end of the tour, partying with Yes in the City of Light!

Lineage: audience -> audio cd -> Sound Forge -> FLAC

This recording is nothing short of EXCELLENT! There are nuances in the music that you cannot hear in lesser-quality recordings. Synthesizer patches and guitar effects are awesomely clear. You can even appreciate the flanging effect on the voices singing the "counter-lyrics" in "And You And I" (you know, "Coins and crosses..."). This kind of quality is rare in a 30-year-old tape.

I received this recording in a trade in 2002. It may not be the same version that Highland released, and which Lestat used for his recent remaster. From his description of the audio quality of the Highland recording, this is apparently much better!

Relayerman provided a lot of detail about what he did to enhance the recording of the first night in Paris. Since I did some of the audio work on this recording in 2002, I don't have the same detailed records of everything that was done. The original recording ran slow, so the pitch was flat. I corrected the pitch and balanced the stereo channels, each of which had somewhat different frequency response. Before I was all done, I applied Sonic Foundry (now Sony) Acoustic Mirror, which gives the recording a wider stereo field.

There is a patch in the last 90 seconds of Awaken which I think was in the original recording I received in trade. It's not bad, and it's probably from another average quality recording of the same performance. Relayerman says he has two versions of this show, but I have not confirmed with him whether both have this patch. I worked with the pitch and EQ of the patch to help it blend with the rest of the recording.

Overall, this is one of the most satisfying remastering projects I've undertaken, mostly thanks to the quality of the original recording. If I had deliberately saved the best for last, I still would have chosen this recording and this show.

December, 2007

It's been fun sharing these recordings with you, and I hope you get as much out of them as I have. If you have any of the recordings below from the European leg of the tour, as listed on Forgotten Yesterdays, please share them. These are not in my collection:

11/06/77 Glasgow UK Apollo Theatre
11/08/77 Glasgow UK Apollo Theatre (audience audio recording, NOT from video soundtrack)
11/11/77 Oslo NO Ekeberghallen (the copy seeded recently on Dime was corrupted)
11/15/77 Dortmund DE Westfalenhalle
11/20/77 Zurich CH Hallenstadion Zurich
11/24/77 Rotterdam NL Ahoy-Hallen Rotterdam (other than official tracks on YesShows)
11/25/77 Rotterdam NL Ahoy-Hallen Rotterdam
11/26/77 Antwerp BE Antwerpen Sportspaleis
11/27/77 Bremen DE Stadthalle
11/28/77 Berlin DE Deutschlandhalle
11/29/77 Cologne DE Sporthalle
12/04/77 Lyon FR Palais Des Sports

Jon Anderson (Vocals)
Steve Howe (Guitars)
Chris Squire (Bass)
Rick Wakeman (Keyboards)
Alan White (Drums)

Disk 1:
Firebird Suite
I've Seen All Good People
Close To The Edge
Wonderous Stories
Colours Of The Rainbow
Turn Of The Century
Tour Song
And You And I

Disk 2:
Little Jam
Aller Pour Celui ;-)
Flight Jam
Nous Sommes Du Soleil
Starship Trooper