Masterworks, indeed !!

I first saw Yes in 1975, in my mid-teen's, not knowing much about Yes besides Roundabout. I saw Yes with Gentle Giant at the Auditorium Arena in Denver and it was another life-changing concert for me. By the time GFTO was released in 1977, I had every Yes album and played Yessongs to death. I bring up that 1975 show because Gates of Delirium and Ritual were played and I had not seen Yes play either of these tunes again until this show.

This concert was great because it was the setlist for the ages. Two-hour show with 8 songs. I was still reeling from Gates when they started playing Ritual (and a Leaves of Green sandwiched in between the two), it was truly amazing.

The downside was the venue and the crowd. First, the venue is an ancient roller skating rink in downtown Denver that was converted into a theatre Mammoth Gardens sometime in the 1960's. It's now the Fillmore Auditorium and the acoustics are not the best. It's basically a general admission venue with a huge open area in front of the stage (where the rink used to be). When I record a show there, I try to find the sweet spot on the floor, because the sound is pretty crappy everywhere else.

This show had the crowd whipped into a frenzy from the get-go and the crowd is very loud on the recording - especially at the beginning during CTTE. I've done my best to try to minimize the yells and screams on and around me during the show, but be warned. The Gates and Ritual on the recording are both fabulous IMHO. Sample included - enjoy.

WARNING: Loud Crowd !!

June 28, 2000 (2000-06-28)
Fillmore Auditorium
Denver, Colorado

01) [20:59] Close to the Edge
02) [11:47] Starship Trooper
03) [24:08] The Gates of Gelirium
04) [05:36) Leaves of Green
05) [12:50] Heart of the Sunrise
06) [27:19] Ritual
07) [08:47] I've Seen All Good People
08) [08:42] Roundabout

Total 2:00:09

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