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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; "Mood for a Day" relies on Steve Howe's impressive fretwork. A previously unreleased version of Paul Simon's "America" was added to the reissue, with a rough mix of "Roundabout" showing the band from a slightly less polished angle.

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The Golden age

Perhaps this is going to sound silly, but I don't care. This album changed my life, and the direction I took as a musician. I was introduced to Yes with this timeless work of art, and I never looked back. A next door neighbor, who was my Dad's age, lowered the needle on this album, and I was AMAZED. If you're going to listen to anything on this album, then just take the time and listen to it all the way through. It paints a fantastic musical picture that matches the Roger Dean artwork. Please, don't take my word for it, see for yourself. Theres an element that Bill Bruford adds to this era of Yes that you really can't recapture in subsequent years. More of a defined "crisp" sound to the rhythm section that only he seems to add. Very important from The Yes Album through Close to the Edge.

one of the greatest prog albums ever finally on iTunes!

From the first time I heard the opening acoustic intro of Roundabout to the booming bass of Heart of the Sunrise I have always been amazed at the music these guys have made over the years. This album is made of four band pieces and five solo pieces, all of which showcase the bands individual talents, which are second to none. Being relatively young for a Yes fan I can compare this album to the garbage put out today, and it just shows how good it really is. Chris Squire's bass in particular has certainly helped me become a much better bassist, and if you like intricate bass work you won't find too many albums with better bass than this one (in particular on Roundabout, The Fish and Heart of the Sunrise). The only problem is I can't decide whether this or Close to the Edge is Yes's best album!


I come to this album as a 32 year old, having never really listened to YES much before except for hearing them on the radio on rare occasions. I am a fan of the music of Phish, which I think are brilliant in their own regard, but this is simply put—the tightest, jammin'ist thing I've ever heard. It's truly beautiful, complex and rewarding. Wow.


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 listeners drawn to their mix of daunting...
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