|Title:||Chord of Life|
|Catalog:||International Records, 07995|
|Cover:||Front cover featuring Roger Dean painting, Morning Dragon in color; back cover with "Rick's Crossword", a functional and semi- humorous crossword puzzle.|
|Sources:||30 October 1972; University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada|
I've Seen All Good People
Mood For A Day
Close to the Edge
Heart of the Sunrise
And You and I (end part clipped off)
Yours is No Disgrace (faded out prematurely)
Roundabout (faded out prematurely)
|Quality:||VG- stereo (not much separation), audience recording|
of Yes during their 1972 tour, recorded at about the same time as Yessongs.
As bad as Yessongs sounds (from a technical standpoint), Chord
of Life is WORSE. It has that distant-sounding, boomy
sound (...you didn't expect anything better, I hope). The speed of the
LP was cut on the slow side, and could use the help of the turntable's
pitch-control to improve it. Performances are only so-so.
This record was cut using a rather poor tape source. The volume fluctuates wildly (Side 1 is cut at a higher volume than the rest) and there is a lot of left and right channel dropouts, worsened by somebody's foolish attempt to enhance the "stereo" effect by twiddling with the balance knobs. This sort of tampering does make one consider re-mixing Chord of Life into MONO to avoid such an annoyance. Several of the songs have cuts in the music or are faded out before their proper endings.
So, why would anyone buy Chord of Life?
It does have a nice cover, and fanatical Yesfans who must collect
would like to have it. Otherwise, most Yesfans can probably skip
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