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The performances that are common to the movie and album -- "Close to the Edge", and 'Wurm' from "Starship Trooper" -- are from the London, Rainbow Theater shows of late Dec 1972, which were not part of the set of tapes Progeny came from (the preceding US tour). No word where the Rainbow tapes might be today. One thing the restorers of the Yessongs DVD/BR could have done is take the (stereo) audio of those two tracks from the *album*, and synched them to the video. (This has actually been done by Yes fan Hed Gilboa, and is available on Youtube btw) At least those two performances, then, would have better audio than the harsh mono (and lousy 5.1) we got.

As for the sound of Progeny, I would say the 'fidelity' is actually better on a per instrument/voice basis -- they-re very 'clean' -- but the mix is just so very boring. Eddy Offord did not constrain himself to keep Steve Howe *always* on the left and Rick Wakeman *always* on the right, he was fine with showcasing an instrument that was taking a solo, he didn't over-emphasize Jon Anderson in the mix, he managed to bring Chris Squire into the mix in ways that Progeny (mixed by Brian Kehew) seems unable to (despite much effort), and Eddy wasn't afraid of adding big reverb or phasing effects ...and of course he edited some of the tracks masterfully. Offord's version just sounds so damn much more *alive* and exciting. Progeny to me sounds like a sadly lost opportunity, but it's good to know that at least the multitracks are now safely digitized.
 
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