Click on the link here for Audio Player: Yes – In Session 1969-1970
Before Yes took a turn for the pretentious, they were at the forefront of what was to become known at the Progressive Movement. Technical prowess and music that demanded to be listened to, rather than at, Yes were, in the beginning, a pretty raw and exciting outfit.
Tonight it’s that formative period, from 1969 to 1970, when the first two albums were out and the original members included Peter Banks and Tony Kaye, on guitars and keyboards respectively, who left right after this period.
Some sessions they did for the BBC and for German radio. Here’s what’s on the player:
1. Looking Around – Dave Symonds Show – August 4, 1969
2. Sweet Dreams – Dave Lee Travis Show – Jan. 19, 1970
3. Then – Dave Lee Travis Show – Jan. 19, 1970
4. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed – German Radio
The sound is mostly great, but the last track cuts fades out rather quickly. Still, it’s turbo-charged and classic Yes and a few bumps are easily forgiven.
In case you never had a chance to hear what they really sounded like.