Yes Progeny Highlights From Seventy-Two

Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two is an for those fans of Yes who feel that 14 CDs from 7 concerts on the American autumn/fall tour of 1972 is too much.

I have to admit that I’m one of them. This even has the nerve to challenge Yessongs, an album that I’ve loved for around 40 years. It sets a very high bar for this album to be judged against.

Yes Progeny Highlights From Seventy-Two

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Songs On Yes Progeny Highlights From Seventy-Two

  1. Opening (Excerpt From Firebird Suite) / Siberian Khatru – 12:18(originally from Close To The Edge)
  2. I’ve Seen All Good People: Your Move / All Good People – 7:21(The Yes Album)
  3. Heart of the Sunrise – 11:11(Fragile)
  4. Clap/Mood For A Day – 5:48 (The Yes Album/Fragile)
  5. And You And I [I. Cord Of Life, II. Eclipse, III. The Preacher The Teacher, IV. Apocalypse] – 9:55 (Close To The Edge)
  6. Close To The Edge (I. The Solid Time Of Change, II. Total Mass Retain, III. I Get Up I Get Down, IV. Seasons Of Man) – 18:24 (Close To The Edge)
  7. Excerpts From “The Six Wives Of Henry VIII” – 7:09(Rick Wakeman’s solo album)
  8. Roundabout – 8:37(Fragile)
  9. Yours is No Disgrace – 16:04 (The Yes Album)

The sources of these highlights are:

  • Track 1 Live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York November 20, 1972
  • Tracks 2, 3 Live at Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, Tennessee November 15, 1972
  • Tracks 4, 9 Live at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina November 12, 1972
  • Tracks 5, 6, 7 Live at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina November 11, 1972
  • Track 8 Live at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario October 31, 1972

Missing from this album but on Yessongs are Perpetual Change, Long Distance Runaround/The Fish and Starship Trooper.

Yessongs was also partly sourced from these concerts but, from what I can see, there don’t appear to be any duplicated versions.

Yessongs has always been criticised for its sound quality which is quite muddy compared to the latest live albums. I haven’t heard the 2009 remastered version. Progeny Highlights is nice and clear but the mix has been criticised in terms of the individual instruments and it’s been said that it lacks the dynamics we want.

I’m not sure about this album and would have been more tempted by a single concert release since Yessongs was a compilation of tour highlights from early and late 1972. I think my heart is always going to pull me towards the original live album. It’s been part of my life for too long to be replaced now.


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