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Relayer (Deluxe Version)

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With the departure of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, Yes soldiered on, eventually bringing Patrick Moraz on board to add the latest in synthesizer technology to the band's assault. Relayer begins with the side-length, 22-minute "The Gates of Delirium," which is presented on the expanded edition twice, the bonus studio run- through makes for a welcomed revisit to a tune that features many jaw-dropping moments of incredulity, courtesy of the stylistic clashes between guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, and the newly integrated Moraz. This extra tension gives the band an unexpected edge, one that failed to impress critics and even alienated a few longtime fans, who'd grown accustomed to the group's smooth, flawless delivery. There are still plenty of virtuoso moments here — and passages of "Delirium" where the band is overly ambitious and bordering on overkill — but they come with a sharper attack. The two nine-minute tracks, "Sound Chaser" (also present as a three-minute single edit on the expanded edition) and "To Be Over," feature more intuitively aggressive performances that illustrate the group's facility with unusual time signatures and instrumental explorations.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant!!!

I have read countless reviews on Relayer over the years, many favorable and some a tad disparaging, however in terms of my own musical tastes I find this album to be literally transcendent. I believe that Rick Wakeman is a keyboard god and his artistry with Yes has made this world a better place for me to live, but Patrick Moraz was brilliant with his unique and powerful contribution to this effort and it helps make this Yes album stand apart from the rest of their catalog. I have listened to and enjoyed this album for 30 years and loading it on to my iPod has made me appreciate the quality of this gem all the more. For fans of progressive rock I recommend this album without reservation.

THE Yes Masterwork!!!

The title of my review refers to The Gates of Delirium, which is a musical masterstroke of the 20th century. This song alone creates a scenario where the band would have had to fail miserably with the other cuts on the album to warrant less than 5 stars! Incredible artistic pinnacle of their careers as bandmates, and an awe-inspiring musical work which all other prog rock must be measured against. If you like ANY music considered progressive, I challenge you to buy this album solely on my word that having seen Yes perform this song live, I can now die knowing I have been to the musical promised land. In fact, if you do purchase this and hear it with the right audio system to support it, you will most likely want to purchase "Yesshows" to listen to the live version of the song. The reviewer who breaks down this work into sections which he describes in seemingly over-the-top detail is simply responding to the inescapable imagery which accompanies the musical artistry evident in listening to The Gates of Delirium. Anyone who appreciates Fine Art will experience his/her own visualizations when listening to these masters of unresolved musical phrasing and syncopated runs which make for MANY fulfilling headphone sessions! This is the "Guernica" AND "Persistence of Memory" of the music world. I dare you to listen to it and call me a liar!

BestYesAlbum

Don't listen to this bonehead reviewer! If you're a fan of Close To The Edge era Yes, this may well be one of the best album purchases you ever make. Where TFTO may have lacked due to it's dreamy over the top grandiose-ness, Relayer emerges with incredibly focused (and harder edged) song writing and playing skills. Patrick Moraz was a great albeit short addition to the group. This album is simply amazing classic YES.

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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