Yes - Relayer

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I can't believe there isn't a thread dedicated to this album on here yet. After the (some would say) mis-step of Tales From Topographic Oceans and departure of Rick Wakeman, Yes recruited Patrick Moraz on keyboards and put together this record. While the album follows a similar structure to Closer To The Edge (an epic taking up all of side one, with two shorter compositions on side two), that's where the comparison with that album end. For me, this is the most violent-sounding Yes record and probably one of their most musically relentless. Sure, it's not for everybody (the band certainly take their playing to new heights of masturbatory delight on this record), but this seems to be the Yes album that I keep returning to.

So, Relayer: underappreciated classic or wanky, jazz-fusion mis-step?

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Friday, 13 June 2014 22:48 (three years ago) Permalink

should have been a poll, so everyone could challoppilly vote for Sound Chaser when TGOD is obv the best song (in their catalogue) (except, like, Awaken)

Who whom kissed? (imago), Friday, 13 June 2014 22:57 (three years ago) Permalink

i can't listen to this

j., Friday, 13 June 2014 23:05 (three years ago) Permalink

it comes off way less wanky than much other Yes on account of the violence, the intensity. prog is punk!

Who whom kissed? (imago), Friday, 13 June 2014 23:08 (three years ago) Permalink

it took me years and years and years to fall for "to be over" - but after all, my soul surrendered. i no longer doubt my part. i am ready to be loved

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 13 June 2014 23:45 (three years ago) Permalink

This record is great- Moraz gets to be a little much, but it's Yes-- it's all a little much.

lauded at conferences of deluded psychopaths (Sparkle Motion), Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:08 (three years ago) Permalink

i appreciate some people don't like this album and i hope they enjoy fucking themselves

arid banter (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:28 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm not saying it's the best Yes album, but it's the one I'm most likely to listen to these days.

dlp9001, Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:30 (three years ago) Permalink

So were parts of TGOD recorded live in concert? I swear I hear folks cheering and whistling at one point (possibly during the guitar solo - maybe it's a solo recorded live and flown in Zappa-style?)

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:54 (three years ago) Permalink

are you mixing it up with the Yesshows version in yr head?

arid banter (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:56 (three years ago) Permalink

that's just alan white hitting weird things i think?

Who whom kissed? (imago), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:00 (three years ago) Permalink

Shocking that I agree with noodle vague and imago on something (nothing against those guys) but this right here is the best Yes album. Gates of Delerium is one if the more mind blowing musical experiences anybody can have.

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:02 (three years ago) Permalink

Had to put the record on right now and re-listen...during the extended instrumental break...starts after the 9-minute mark and continues for a minute-plus. All these weird swirly swelling effects, sounding sometimes like wind, other times like a crowd whistling. I can't identify them at all! They don't sound like synth-effects. Weird.

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:19 (three years ago) Permalink

that's just alan white hitting weird things i think?

― Who whom kissed? (imago), Saturday, June 14, 2014 1:00 AM (13 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah, there's a load of old car parts used as percussion in the battle section of 'The Gates Of Delirium', if I recall.

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:19 (three years ago) Permalink

alan white hitting a rack of weird things, as i said. later he pushes it over :D

xp yeah exactly

Who whom kissed? (imago), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Such a great album

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:23 (three years ago) Permalink

...OK, I'm listening to all the percussion/backwards bits, but I don't think they start until after the sounds I'm talking about are all done with.

Think I'm starting to know how Tuomas must feel when he's obstinately arguing about something lol

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:26 (three years ago) Permalink

this is maybe my favorite other than CTTE, depends on the day

I assume there is an unsearchable Yes albums poll with some dumb name?

polyamanita (sleeve), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:28 (three years ago) Permalink

There was an epics poll anyways.

Parts of "Delirium" are kinda reminding me of Utopia's "The Ikon" right now

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:35 (three years ago) Permalink

I struggle to pick a personal favourite moment of 'The Gates Of Delirium', if only because the whole thing is so astounding. It's definitely my favourite of all the side-long Yes epics, and undoubtedly up there as one of my favourite Yes tracks ever. One part that keeps cropping up in my head is that uplifting bit at the end of the battle section, the piece of music before it goes into 'Soon'. Sublime.

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:36 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah that is the best bit. when howe's guitar goes all seagull. that moment.

Who whom kissed? (imago), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:37 (three years ago) Permalink

Yup, that's the bit!

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:38 (three years ago) Permalink

Think I need to listen while high to properly appreciate/evaluate this one. I've never given it enough attention, obv.

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:39 (three years ago) Permalink

Come to think of it, is 'The Gates Of Delirium' actually the most clear lyric that Anderson ever penned?

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:46 (three years ago) Permalink

"South Side of the Sky" is fairly clear once you know the programmatic content

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Saturday, 14 June 2014 01:53 (three years ago) Permalink

I struggle to pick a personal favourite moment of 'The Gates Of Delirium', if only because the whole thing is so astounding. It's definitely my favourite of all the side-long Yes epics, and undoubtedly up there as one of my favourite Yes tracks ever. One part that keeps cropping up in my head is that uplifting bit at the end of the battle section, the piece of music before it goes into 'Soon'. Sublime.

Do you mean the part where Moraz comes in with the riff and then passes it off to Howe? Because that's my favorite part for sure. White's groove on the ride there is rock solid.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 14 June 2014 02:01 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's the bit I mean. I just love the way it just explodes into that section!

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Saturday, 14 June 2014 02:06 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm not a Wakeman fan, so _The Yes Album_ and _Relayer_ are the two best Yes records in my book. 'TGoD' is their best side-length track (all votes for 'CttE' will be counted).

Jeff Wright, Saturday, 14 June 2014 03:32 (three years ago) Permalink

I don't have the musical chops to describe my favorite part. This shit is a little too heavy for my limited musical vocabulary.

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Saturday, 14 June 2014 03:52 (three years ago) Permalink

..OK, I'm listening to all the percussion/backwards bits, but I don't think they start until after the sounds I'm talking about are all done with.

i hear what you mean, round about 9'50 there's what sounds like a cheer and then there are sounds reminscent of whistles/high pitched crowd roar in the mix a few times during the next 30-40 seconds

Naamloze vennootschap (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 14 June 2014 11:57 (three years ago) Permalink

btw keyboard voice of vengeful God at 12'50 is A+ keep it up fellas

Naamloze vennootschap (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 14 June 2014 11:58 (three years ago) Permalink

Patrick Moraz used equipment which was still in prototype stage (for example, a Vako Orchestron, used for the string sounds throughout the album) to colour the sound effects on the instrumental/collage section of "The Gates of Delirium". For example, the whooping and wheezing sounds ("electric slinky") about midway through the track were created by one such synthesizer.

Naamloze vennootschap (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 14 June 2014 12:01 (three years ago) Permalink

A+ research, thanks NV

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Saturday, 14 June 2014 15:52 (three years ago) Permalink

My second favourite after CTTE.

I've always got the impression its one of those albums that is rated far higher by fans than critics or the band members. In the Classic Artists documentary I was disappointed how little talk or enthusiasm it generated but I know that the band consider "The Gates of Delirium" an important track. I'd even say that its one of those prog epics that dominates peoples memory of the album, like the other tunes were just bonus tracks.

I recall there being a really nondescript wishy washy review of this on AllMusicGuide (that may have changed by now) but fan polls and ratings consistently put it up among the top 4 Yes albums.

I love that cheering part.

Roger Dean's best cover art (his favourite too).

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 14 June 2014 19:15 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I've often got that impression too. Aside from one or two mentions, I haven't really seen any of the band members involved go into detail about Relayer, and magazine articles tend to focus on The Yes Album, Fragile, Close To The Edge or Tales From Topographic Oceans when looking back at this band's discography. Yes fans and dedicated prog fans have always (more often than not) had great things to say about this album, but it seems to have weirdly fallen through the cracks critically.

OTM about Relayer having Dean's best cover art, too. Best seen on the original vinyl, obviously!

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Saturday, 14 June 2014 20:31 (three years ago) Permalink

was gonna talk about how great this record felt just looking at the white and grey colour scheme on the cover whilst bringing it home on the bus

Naamloze vennootschap (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 14 June 2014 20:31 (three years ago) Permalink

kinda annoyed with them for not doing more in this direction tbh

Naamloze vennootschap (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 14 June 2014 20:32 (three years ago) Permalink

Me too in a way. There's portions of Going For The One that I like (and Moraz himself claims to have been involved in a large part of the writing of the album), but I definitely have never taken to it in the same way as I have with Relayer.

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Sunday, 15 June 2014 19:13 (three years ago) Permalink

kinda annoyed with them for not doing more in this direction tbh

― Naamloze vennootschap (Noodle Vague), Saturday, June 14, 2014 4:32 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Totally otm.

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Sunday, 15 June 2014 19:37 (three years ago) Permalink

Listened to TGOD last night. Definitely some of the most aggressive and weird stuff they've done.

odd proggy geezer (Moodles), Sunday, 15 June 2014 20:00 (three years ago) Permalink

As cool as it is, I can understand why they didn't continue down this path.

odd proggy geezer (Moodles), Sunday, 15 June 2014 20:01 (three years ago) Permalink

I guess the fact that they never tried to make another record like this just makes Relayer that bit more special. It definitely deserves to be ranked up with the more obvious classic Yes albums, though.

Came across this great interview with Eddy Offord, too, where Relayer gets covered alongside the other Yes albums he worked on.

TM: How would you compare the RELAYER sessions to the TALES sessions?

EO: It was a little better. Patrick came in and...Alan was the other thing. Alan had shared my penthouse apartment with me and it was actually me that got him into the band. I always felt that maybe Bill had lacked a little bit of soul or something, but had great technique. But Alan on the other hand had a lot of feel and soul, but not enough technique. When he first joined the band, it was tough, it was really hard for him...and then going into TALES with all of that uncertainty - the poor guy. It was really hard, it wasn't a solid situation. But having gone on tour and then coming back onto RELAYER - Rick had been on the outside for a long time anyway - so going into RELAYER Alan was more accepted and he was doing better and this crazy Swiss guy was coming in. It was actually quite nice, it was a better time.

TM: And that was another album that was recorded fairly quickly by Yes standards.

EO: It was, yeah. It was fairly short.

TM: How did you create the battle scene from the "Gates of Delirium"?

EO: I just remember all kinds of weird percussion things Jon brought in, metal sheets and so on. It was basically all created with percussion.

TM: Chris told me that they recorded this song thirty second to minute sections without even knowing what the end of the song would be. There had to be an element of luck along with skill, talent and inspiration.

EO: Yes, exactly. I'd say so!

TM: Steve mentioned that "To Be Over" is one of his favorite Yes songs of the moment. It has that majestic, symphonic sound Yes is known for.

EO: Yeah, it's nice.

TM: What was your impression of Patrick?

EO: I liked him a lot. But he had a hard time on the road. The biggest challenge of a keyboard player in those days was trying to stay in tune - that was the sign of a good keyboard player!

TM: All of those monophonic synthesizers going out...

EO: And the Mellotrons, Jesus! It took awhile for Patrick to get the older material down as well.

http://www.nfte.org/interviews/eo234.html

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Sunday, 15 June 2014 20:26 (three years ago) Permalink

and from this interview with Rick Wakeman...

It was a good album, there's some good stuff on MAGNIFICATION, and I suppose to some extent... just to scoot back to the past, for example when I left after TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS and I heard RELAYER, I was actually pleased they did RELAYER the way that it turned out, because I listened to RELAYER and I thought there is no way I could have contributed to that album, because musically that's not on my wavelength at all, so I was really pleased. I know it sounds stupid, but I was really pleased how RELAYER came out, because that was the direction the band was moving, and I'm really pleased, because I had definitely made a right decision, because I couldn't have contributed anything to RELAYER. If however the next album after TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS had been GOING FOR THE ONE, I would have been extremely pissed off (laughs), because I can understand that direction, you know what I mean?

http://www.nfte.org/interviews/rw263.html

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Sunday, 15 June 2014 20:35 (three years ago) Permalink

Bands used to have a much more compressed history. Yes 71' to '74 went through a pretty astounding amount of changes in a really just a four year period. It's a rare band now even in more underground indie circles that would put out that wide an array of records with key lineup changes and stylistic experiment in such a small period of time. And these guys did it while playing a ton of shows in US/Europe. I suppose if that is considered, it's not hard tor see why perhaps a project like Topographic Oceans might go sideways, there just wasn't real time to get such a big project together. And even when that happened they just swapped out one of the main writers and kept on trucking. I think perhaps laying that much music out including a double live studio and live record may have had Relayer get a short listen in all the smoke.

earlnash, Sunday, 15 June 2014 20:55 (three years ago) Permalink

Compare that to a more modern prog type band like Tool, who have did four albums (albeit longer length) in 13 years with none in the 8 to follow, yet have toured in the interim.

earlnash, Sunday, 15 June 2014 20:58 (three years ago) Permalink

...and all their albums sound the same ;)

Who whom kissed? (imago), Sunday, 15 June 2014 20:59 (three years ago) Permalink

plus 2 or 3 of the key Yes guys appear to be unbelievable douches with not much interest in teamwork

Naamloze vennootschap (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 15 June 2014 20:59 (three years ago) Permalink

Amazing what Googling turns up. While searching around the net trying to find out more about the album, I came across a university dissertation someone wrote about the album

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Monday, 16 June 2014 15:01 (three years ago) Permalink

it took me years and years and years to fall for "to be over" - but after all, my soul surrendered. i no longer doubt my part. i am ready to be loved

― reggie (qualmsley), Friday, June 13, 2014 11:45 PM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I didn't take me years to fall for it, but I do remember the first few times I listened to this album through, I kinda wanted the same vibe as the previous two tracks to continue. But definitely now, I think the relative calm of 'To Be Over' is necessary to the album. It ends the album on a really uplifting note.

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 01:41 (three years ago) Permalink

This one is top 3 for me (along with Fragile and Close to the Edge); one of those albums that seems crazier every time you hear it. "Sound Chaser" is the one that always makes my jaw drop, particularly in the way they take that sort of demented funk riff (could be Parliament if it had like five less notes) and just toy around with it in all sorts of ways, breaking it all the way down, then speeding up into oblivion, playing it on every instrument (including CHA CHA CHAAA CHA CHA!!), and so on. But really this whole album is brilliant and a great capper on the one-of-a-kind run that Yes had from 71 to 74. I know I'm cynical about these guys a lot but I try not to forget just how wonderful and trailblazing they were in those years, even Tales is pretty damn great if you ignore the baggage and just listen. I do find it funny that despite Yes releasing some two dozen live albums in their career that they hardly hit these songs at all, it's almost as if they're too difficult to actually play live.

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 03:49 (three years ago) Permalink

And that piano performance of 'Sound Chaser' is just gloriously nuts!

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:02 (three years ago) Permalink

As is the band performance from 1975. Wow.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:04 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah... amazing to think that there was a time that this music could go Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic.

The band also make playing the compositions look effortless in those 1975 performance clips. It kinda fascinates me that there sometimes comes a point where a musician struggles with compositions that he or she had written and performed.

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:14 (three years ago) Permalink

ELP is the band that most famously fell off the ability cliff and couldn't play their own stuff. Whereas I saw VDGG last year, in their mid sixties, and it was maybe the most ferocious gig I've ever attended

avicii usque ad arse (imago), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:42 (three years ago) Permalink

That's been the frustration with Yes, hasn't it? ELP fell off the cliff for a few reasons - Emerson's numerous botched hand surgeries, Lake's voice deteriorating almost overnight, the band's inability to just jettison members that weren't pulling their weight. Yes maybe weren't up to Relayer speed but listening to say Keys to Ascension it's clear that they still had the ability to play this stuff, they just weren't interested in writing it anymore

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:02 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Has anyone here heard the recent stereo remaster or surround sound version of this yet?

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Saturday, 31 January 2015 14:05 (two years ago) Permalink

I'd like to hear that too, I've always thought the original was a little too thin and farty sounding.

MaresNest, Saturday, 31 January 2015 16:35 (two years ago) Permalink

steven wilson has a golden touch

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 31 January 2015 16:41 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

+1

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 21 February 2015 04:20 (two years ago) Permalink

i feel sorry for people who build their identity around their interest in / love of music but can't or won't "get" this record. it's really sad

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 21 February 2015 04:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Silly human race

Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Saturday, 21 February 2015 08:12 (two years ago) Permalink

on a sailing ship to nowhere

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 21 February 2015 15:44 (two years ago) Permalink

I'd like to hear that too, I've always thought the original was a little too thin and farty sounding.

― MaresNest, Saturday, January 31, 2015 4:35 PM (3 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I've always felt like the sound on Going For The One could have been much improved, actually... there's something really muffly and flat sounding about that album, IMO.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Saturday, 21 February 2015 19:52 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I kind of want to listen to the isolated guitar track from "South Side of the Sky" all night. If I can find it.

the evening redness at the injection site (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 18 June 2017 09:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Just started The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock by David Weigel, and the prologue takes place on a prog cruise, where an "anorak" band plays "The Gates of Delirium," and Chris Squire watches from the audience and gets teary-eyed.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 19 June 2017 05:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Okay, I might have to pick up Weigel's book just for that scene. But really, who "covers" Gates of Delirium?

doug watson, Monday, 19 June 2017 13:33 (two months ago) Permalink

I once saw some anonymous band in a park pavilion cover "Supper's Ready" in its entirety. They were kinda loose and basement band-y, but still really amazing that someone would cover that one.

smug dinner-jazz atrocity (Dan Peterson), Monday, 19 June 2017 14:09 (two months ago) Permalink

But really, who "covers" Gates of Delirium?

― doug watson, Monday, June 19, 2017 1:33 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'm up for watching any band try to attempt it, even if they fuck it up.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 19 June 2017 15:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Kings Of Leon

imago, Monday, 19 June 2017 16:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Of course, that would be unbeatable comedy value. I don't think they'd get as far as a rehearsal, they'd just listen to it and go "nah, fuck that!"

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 19 June 2017 19:36 (two months ago) Permalink

moraz kinda sucked live, huh?

kurt schwitterz, Monday, 19 June 2017 19:52 (two months ago) Permalink

I once saw some anonymous band in a park pavilion cover "Supper's Ready" in its entirety. They were kinda loose and basement band-y, but still really amazing that someone would cover that one.

― smug dinner-jazz atrocity (Dan Peterson), Monday, June 19, 2017 9:09 AM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

haha that's a pretty big bite

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 19 June 2017 19:53 (two months ago) Permalink

xpost Pretty much. His synths always seemed to be waaay out of tune and his playing pretty sloppy.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 19 June 2017 21:02 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

IIRC I thought Moraz sounded pretty great on Yesshows.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 01:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Some days I think this is the best progressive rock album ever made.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 11:51 (one month ago) Permalink

stretches of "sound chaser" are the strangest (competent) rock music ever recorded

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:04 (one month ago) Permalink

It feels like everyone on the record is angrily playing at the very edge of their capabilities all at once.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:09 (one month ago) Permalink

on that song and in parts of "gates of delirium" for sure. 'soon' is ethereal as uh hell and "to be over" is one of their most hymn-y songs, up there with "awaken"

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:21 (one month ago) Permalink

I once saw some anonymous band in a park pavilion cover "Supper's Ready" in its entirety. They were kinda loose and basement band-y, but still really amazing that someone would cover that one.

― smug dinner-jazz atrocity (Dan Peterson), Monday, June 19, 2017 9:09 AM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

haha that's a pretty big bite

― Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, June 19, 2017 8:53 PM (one month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Wrong record, but this always makes me smile, talk about a project...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhqWpaW9s4o

MaresNest, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:21 (one month ago) Permalink

and "sound chaser" even sounds more competitive (in a friendly way) than angry sometimes, like 'take that, john mclaughlin' and 'we see you coming, orthrelm!'

xpost

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:23 (one month ago) Permalink

'Soon' and 'To Be Over' are totally necessary, no doubt about that. The calm parts make the aggressive parts feel more aggressive.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:48 (one month ago) Permalink

agreed w/ all of you, Relayer seemed like the moment Yes were about to blast off the planet

frogbs, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 13:24 (one month ago) Permalink

I like Going For The One a lot, but just imagine if Relayer had been their last record!

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:22 (one month ago) Permalink

the legend of roger dean would be even immenser

not counting GfTO they still had four more or less classics to go though -- drama, 90125, the ladder, and fly from here. and there's even decent stuff on tormato, talk, and union

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Drama and 90125 could've easily been not Yes records.

frogbs, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:26 (one month ago) Permalink

same with fly from here. horn is golden, like if the beatles had reunited and eno joined not just produced them

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Drama is probably their most underrated record at this stage.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Fly From Here is close tho.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:08 (one month ago) Permalink

I want to like Drama, think it sounds really nice but the songs just don't hit me at all

brimstead, Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:17 (one month ago) Permalink

if you could see all the roads i have traveled towards some unusable last equilibrium . . .

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:37 (one month ago) Permalink

run like an athlete and die like a deadbeaten speed freak

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Brimstead- none of the songs? I would remove two of them but otherwise it's really fun.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:48 (one month ago) Permalink

The first track and the last track are the real meat on Drama, but really I love it all.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 20 July 2017 22:07 (one month ago) Permalink

i am a cam er rah

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 20 July 2017 22:09 (one month ago) Permalink

oh this b-side dance remix from Drama is FUCKING SICKKKKK btw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sxg9j2Zpt4w

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 20 July 2017 22:10 (one month ago) Permalink

\m/

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 21 July 2017 15:31 (one month ago) Permalink

sail the future wars we suffer

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 21 July 2017 15:31 (one month ago) Permalink


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