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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The band's breakthrough album, dominated by science-fiction and fantasy elements and new member Rick Wakeman, whose organ, synthesizers, Mellotrons, and other keyboard exotica added a larger-than-life element to the proceedings. Ironically, the album was a patchwork job, hastily assembled in order to cover the cost of Wakeman's array of instruments. But the group built effectively on the groundwork left by The Yes Album, and the group had an AM-radio sucker-punch aimed at all of those other progressive bands who eschewed the notion of hit singles in the form of "Roundabout," the edited version sort of "highlights" of the album version which pulled in millions of young kids ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The band's breakthrough album, dominated by science-fiction and fantasy elements and new member Rick Wakeman, whose organ, synthesizers, Mellotrons, and other keyboard exotica added a larger-than-life element to the proceedings. Ironically, the album was a patchwork job, hastily assembled in order to cover the cost of Wakeman's array of instruments. But the group built effectively on the groundwork left by The Yes Album, and the group had an AM-radio sucker-punch aimed at all of those other progressive bands who eschewed the notion of hit singles in the form of "Roundabout," the edited version sort of "highlights" of the album version which pulled in millions of young kids who'd never heard them before. The single clicked, most album-buyers liked the long version, and all of the rest of what they found, and the band was made. Remastered in much improved sound and graphics in 1995, look for the version of this CD with a reference to "digital remastering" across the top back of the jewel case. [Fragile was reissued in January 2003 on Elektra/Rhino with considerably upgraded sound, a re-creation of the original LP's booklet with new annotation, going over the breakthrough that the album represented not just for Yes but for British rock and art rock in general, and two bonus cuts, "America" which also appears on the DVD-Audio edition of the disc and the "early rough mix" of "Roundabout," which is unique to this release and reveals a lot about the group's and producer Eddie Offord's perfectionism; though lacking some of the flourishes and finer points of the finished recording and including some elements, especially in the vocals and drums, that would be excised from the finished track, it is still a very polished work that would have qualified as a perfectly releasable master in the hands of almost any band of that era. The remastering of the original album is on a par with, but not identical to, the 24-bit remastering of 2001 used in the Japanese-released "paper sleeve" series reissues, which were slightly brighter, favoring the cymbals and other upper-register sounds a bit more, but revealed less detail in the bass and guitar work.]
Blender - J.D. Considine
A prog-rock evergreen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227378929
  • Catalog Number: 73789
  • Sales rank: 18,032

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Roundabout
  2. 2 Cans and Brahms
  3. 3 We Have Heaven
  4. 4 South Side of the Sky
  5. 5 Five Per Cent for Nothing
  6. 6 Long Distance Runaround
  7. 7 The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)
  8. 8 Mood for a Day
  9. 9 Heart of the Sunrise
  10. 10 America
  11. 11 Roundabout
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yes Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Harpsichord, Electric Piano, Mellotron, Piano (Grand)
Jon Anderson Vocals
Bill Bruford Percussion, Drums
Steve Howe Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Chris Squire Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Johannes Brahms Composer
Bill Martin Liner Notes
Rick Wakeman Arranger
Jon Anderson Composer
Bill Bruford Composer
Steve Howe Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Chris Squire Composer
Yes Arranger, Producer, Audio Production, Original Album Producer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Eddy Offord Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Original Album Producer
Bryan Lasley Art Direction
Tim Scanlin Liner Note Coordination
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An outstanding breakthrough!

    Well, all I can say about this album that it's great, and everything on it is super awesome. On this album, Rick Wakeman joins Yes, replacing founding keyboardist Tony Kaye. He does his take on Brahms titled "Cans and Brahms" which is based on the third movment of Brahms' 4th Symphony in E minor. Every Yes fan will indeed enjoy this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rocks like no other...

    The band became a legend on this album, mainly due to the brilliance of the first track, but in reality, the band begin to gel as a whole with Rick Wakeman on keyboards. Far superior a musician to Kaye, he also adds the dash of classical music and wizardry Yes needed to complete the picture. Though it is a thrown together album, the group tracks work as if the band had been togther for years. The solo efforts seem to be in there to fill up the space on the vinyl, but Steve Howe's Mood For A Day is an even more accomplished follow up to The Clap, and the next in a line of classical guitar solos that extends to his great chops in The Ancient. The real life and soul is definately in the group songs:- The solos on Roundabout, Wakeman's piano on South Side of the Sky, the twisting guitar lines on Long Distance Runaround, and the eerie band workout at the begnning of Heart of the Sunrise. Anderson is particularly at his most expressive on these tracks, especially on the aforementioned Heart of the Sunrise. Fragile, though disjointed due to the solos, is a terrific album that rocks quite unlike anything else ever made- merging so many styles could have been disastarous, but they pull it together in their own assured sound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    Excellent! - "Fragile" Is a great, but unfortunately a uneven record. Track's 1,4 and 6-9 is brilliant! But the rest...hmmmm...RUBBISH! Drags this album down from 5 to 4 stars! Anyway, i still recommend this album, and if you are new to YES, this is a great starting point. Highly Recommended!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    psychedelic/ progressive rock at it's most arresting

    A truly enthralling composition by Yes. I recommend this title to anyone who is an aficionado of the psychedelic/prog. genre. "Roundabout" is the pinnicle of the album.

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