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Editors’ Notes

With the addition of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, Yes was ready to go for complete overdrive and overload. The band’s fourth album, Fragile, contains all the craziness and excess that would make it FM radio and concert hall favorites. Beginning with the dexterous eight-and-a-half minute "Roundabout," Fragile virtually defines the progressive rock of the early ‘70s. Jon Anderson's tenor to falsetto vocals are matched with the overachieving organ runs of Wakeman and the gravity-defying lightning guitar runs of Steve Howe. "Long Distance Runaround" was the album's other enduring radio hit but fans have always treasured the fact that much of the album is given over to each member's solo composition. The brief keyboard exercise "Cans and Brahms" is Wakeman channeling Johannes Brahms; "We Have Heaven" multi-tracks Jon Anderson's vocals for maximum effect; "Five Per Cent For Nothing" is a quick, as in under-a-minute, instrumental tug of war; "The Fish" is a spy-thriller themed piece that ends with a cool, cryptic vocal ensemble and "Mood for a Day" relies on Steve Howe's impressive fretwork.

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Not your average Yes fan

This album is epic and genius. I listen to mostly industrial and goth, but yet this album has always been one of my favorites of all time. None of the songs sound the same [other than the two versions of roundabout obviously]. Every song is extremely original and creative. Roundabout: some great organ and old fashioned synth [moog?] Cans and Brahms: not exactly my cup of tea, but its got its moments. Somewhat experimental in terms of use of synth on classical-esque music, and I always dig experimentation. We Have Heaven: Again not one of my favorites, however it definitely has power and I think it is necessary for the album. I like the running sample at the end. South Side of the Sky: This song frickin rocks. The guitar tone is about as good as good as it gets, and there are also some awesome passing guitar licks [1:33 area]. This song shows how successful Yes are at changing feeling. There are basically 5 sections: 0:00-2:07, 2:07-2:27, 2:27-2:56, 2:56-5:40, and 5:41 through the end. The first and last sections are pretty much the same in terms of musical form, and the fourth section has a chord progression in it that is the same one as in the second. This is not repetition, this is genius variation! Even if this song was and instrumental, the music would tell a story. Five Per Cent for Nothing: This song has crazy rhythms, and to someone who is not paying close attention, it may seem to be in a strange time signature, however it is simply in 4/8. Extremely original and tense. Long Distance Runaround: Great vocal performance in my opinion. I'm not a fan of the wah wah that is on the right channel but that is just me being picky. As always, all musicians show excessive talent. The Fish: This song is pretty dark and trippy in its own way. An essential moment of this epic album. It has a nice buildup and release. It also has great harmonies. Mood for a day: Amazing demonstration of talent, it's not just a show-off solo song, it really adds to the album. It's amazing that such strong emotions can come from one instrument. Heart of the sunrise: This song really goes all over the place. Heavy riffs begin the song. I love the hiding organ that interrupts the other instruments, its about as creepy as classic rock can get, which is a good thing. I love how the vocals don't come in immediately, this world has too much pop. Some genius dual riffs over double guitars and bass are in this. This song is definitely worth buying the whole album! It has it anger, its beauty, its tension, and its sadness. Its great.

Never rate a fiver

This is a FIVE! Because they didn't remaster it (read re-messed-it-up). Can I wish for any other NON-remastered classics?

This is early Yes, and it's not bad at all!

This album is one of Yes' classics, for it includes "Roundabout" which is one of their most memorable songs. This isn't their best album, but it definetly shows progression and that Yes has lots of talent!

Biography

Formed: 1968 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Far and away the longest lasting and the most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, Yes proved to be one of the lingering success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock band. Their audience remained huge because they had always attracted younger...
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