|Title:||Live at Long Beach|
|Catalog:||Pig's Eye, PE-YES|
|Cover:||Plain white cardboard cover with 12"x12" white paper insert. Black script lettering across the top saying, "Supermarvelousutterlyterrificsound Double Album", and "Yes" written in large, flowery writing.|
|Sources:||19 Mar 1974; Long Beach Arena, California|
|Tracks:||Close to the Edge
The Ancient (small portion clipped off)
|Quality:||VG- stereo (not much separation), audience recording|
|Comments:||Don't believe the hype on the
cover about being "terrific sound". This one is your average audience recording,
which isn't bad, it's just not actually good. LP sounds better if speeded-up
a bit using the pitch control on the turntable.
It's interesting to hear Wakeman playing Topographic material, seeing that he bailed out soon after this tour. Also contains an interesting lyric variation on "Starship Trooper" (unless Jon just plain got it WRONG). Performance is competent, but not outstanding. As with all audience recordings, it's the quieter moments (like the last section of "The Ancient") that come out best.
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