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Yes - Relayer
Rhino Records
By MuzikMan
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2003-10-31
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Artist: Yes (www.yesworld.com)
Title: Relayer (1974/2003)
Label: Rhino Records (www.rhino.com)
Genre: Rock/British Psychedelia, AOR, Pop, Progressive, Art, Symphonic
Format: CD-Expanded and Remastered

The Yes album Relayer was my introduction to progressive rock. Before this album, the only song I knew by this group was "Roundabout." I remember seeing the album covers in the department store racks and thinking how strange they were. It's funny, I remember thinking how weird this album was to me at the time I first heard it and no matter how many times I listened to it I just did not get it, I was not ready for Yes in 1974.

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Fast forward to 2003 and we have a remastered copy of this underrated and much maligned classic prog-rock masterpiece. I suppose many folks were upset because Rick Wakeman left the band and this person named Patrick Moraz stepped in to try to fill his shoes. He did not replace Wakeman; he did however make his one and only Yes recording a memorable one. Granted, they were not the same without Rick but they continued to make incredible music that nobody else was.

The previously unissued "Gates of Delirium" is alone worth the price of admission for this CD. It is much better than the original release. Steve Howe's guitar is amazing on this cut; it comes popping out at you with burst of power. Reaching a creative peak, the rest of the band is in rare form as well sounding more inspired than on any other track. God knows why they did not use this version as it really made this entire CD the great experience it was. "Soon" is a pretty song with a lovely melody. You will hear the single edited version on this package.You get the best of both worlds listening to "Sound Chaser" now, as the full album cut and single edit are available for the first time on the same album. It is interesting to compare and contrast the different versions.

This forgotten classic needs another good listen now. It will unquestionably develop new opinions this time around.

1.Gates of Delirium - 21:55
2.Sound Chaser - 9:25
3.To Be Over - 9:08

Bonus Tracks:
4. Soon (Single Edit) - 4:06 Atlantic single #3242 (1/8/75)
5. Sound Chaser (Single Edit) - 3:07 Atlantic single #3242 (1/8/75)
6. Gates of Delirium - (Studio Run-Through) - 21:21 (Previously Unissued)

Yes in 1974 Was:
Patrick Moraz-Keyboards
Jon Anderson-Vocals
Alan White-Percussion, Drums
Steve Howe-Guitar, Vocals
Chris Squire-Bass, Vocals
Yes-Arranger, Producer
Roger Dean-Design, Illustrations, Cover Design


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