Yesshows is the second live album by Yes. Yesshows comprises live performances ranging from the summer of 1976 to the supporting tour for Tormato in 1978. The album's release was supervised by bassist Chris Squire.
Like the group's previous live album, Yessongs (1973), Yesshows begins with a recording of Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. Unlike the Yessongs version, the band members may be heard playing in tandem with the Stravinsky track on this recording.
Although Rick Wakeman is the keyboardist on most tracks, the 1976 performances ("The Gates Of Delirium" and "Ritual - Nous Sommes Du Soleil") feature Patrick Moraz. Moraz was fired from Yes just before the recording of Going For The One (1977).
The album is also notable for showing photographs of the bands late 70s live stage performances - around 1977 they developed the idea of a circular rotating stage, known informally as performing "in the round", with Jon Anderson's microphone hanging from the ceiling of the venue.
It reached #22 in the UK. It also reached #43 in the US during a chart stay of 12 weeks.
Track Listing Edit
- Parallels (7:07)
- Time And A Word (4:06)
- Going For The One (5:22)
- The Gates Of Delirium (22:40)
- Don't Kill The Whale (6:50)
- Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil) (Part 1) (11:48)
- Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil) (Part 2) (17:07)
- Wonderous Stories (3:54)