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Relayer (Deluxe Version)

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Album Review

First things first. It's unlikely that this remaster will convert anyone who rejected Relayer in the past. Even more than its predecessor, the sprawling Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer was the sound of a band that built its reputation on vast, ambitious ideas, facing up to the fact that it had completely run out of them — and the so-ponderous intro to "The Gates of Delirium" remains the most disappointing opening that any Yes album has ever endured. How sad that they didn't forget the final mix and go with the studio runthrough instead. Closing the three bonus tracks that pack out the 2003 remaster of Relayer, a full-length blast through that side-long disappointment packs a sparkle and energy that the released version absolutely lacks. The guitars and keyboards shimmer, Anderson's vocal is alive with enthusiasm, and there's a dynamism to the rhythms that simply echoes through your head. Elsewhere among these remasters, the alternate versions of familiar songs have offered little more than a rough blueprint of subsequent majesties. This time, the outtake is the best thing in sight, with the closing "Soon" section standing among the finest Yes recordings of all. "Soon" reappears again among the bonus tracks, in the form of a tight little single edit; "Sound Chaser," too, made it onto 45, and it's intriguing to hear its original nine minutes cut down to just over three, dominated by guitar lines and a loping rhythm that wouldn't have been out of place on a Led Zeppelin album. The "cha-cha-cha" chorus is still annoying, though, and the bulk of the remastered Relayer will doubtless languish unplayed in your CD collection. For that astonishing reappraisal of "Gates of Delirium," however, it's worth the cost of admission.

Customer Reviews

Ponderous my ****!

What are you talking about I-tunes? The "so-ponderous intro the The Gates of Delirium" is an essential part of an absolutely AWESOME piece of music, the likes of which most bands would only be able to dream of being able to compose or play - o.k. so its prog, and so not to everyones' taste, but to those whos eyes have been opened to the wonder of prog rock, it really doesn't get a lot better than this (apart from Close To The Edge" which is just the pinnacle of anything Yes ever did.) For this price, you cannot go wrong (unless you hate it in which case you've gone wrong). Prepare to be blown away by the majestic power chords and unbelievable keyboard work of Patrick Moraz, the soaring angelic voice of Jon Anderson, the pounding bass of Chris Squire, the percussive explosion of Alan White and the fantastic fingerwork of Steve Howe. This is music which needs to be played very loud in a large room or on a mountain top at dawn, on a high end system to be truly appreciated. I could go on, but you have probably stopped reading already, so I won't.

Actually a very good album !!

Especially if you are a musician you will defenetly appreciate the wealth of ideas presented here! "Gates" is much easier to get into the 21 mins flow very well into several new sections, some of wich really groove very well. I really notice a lot of similar approaches like The Mars Volta band today, in the multy-layered activity and the overal sequential structures of the long pieces and the general frenetic energy coming out of the pieces. Really worth your money by all means!

Excellent, but you don't need the extra tracks.

After the double whammy of Fragile and Close to the Edge, could Yes keep the magic going, even without Rick Wakeman? Astonishingly yes. The opening track (if you can call 21+ minutes a 'track') makes full use of visiting keyboardist Patrick Moraz's more acerbic tonality with a song themed around a battle - some way from Yes's progressive comfort zone but it just holds together beautifully. Sound Chaser then just goes absolutely everywhere - 9 minutes is almost too much of a constraint. The last two tracks, To Be Over and Soon calm things down gradually. A very odd layout for an album, being as it is a massive impact that ripples out toward a dead calm, but it works, it really works. This brings me to the only slight against this release -the extra tracks. Why, when you've had the perfect whole, would you want to launch straight into a single edit followed by, frankly, a practice lap? Still, the album is cheap enough and you don't have to listen to them. Relayer would have got five stars, it's certainly worth it, but since the previous two LPs can't have six each, I've had to drop one - you understand.

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. Where rivals such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer withered away commercially after the mid-'70s, and Genesis...
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