Fragile

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Fragile was Yes' breakthrough album, propelling them in a matter of weeks from a cult act to an international phenomenon; not coincidentally, it also marked the point where all of the elements of the music (and more) that would define their success for more than a decade fell into place fully formed. The science-fiction and fantasy elements that had driven the more successful songs on their preceding record, The Yes Album, were pushed much harder here, and not just in the music but in the packaging of the album:the Roger Dean-designed cover was itself a fascinating creation that seemed to relate to the music and drew the purchaser's attention in a manner that few records ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Fragile was Yes' breakthrough album, propelling them in a matter of weeks from a cult act to an international phenomenon; not coincidentally, it also marked the point where all of the elements of the music (and more) that would define their success for more than a decade fell into place fully formed. The science-fiction and fantasy elements that had driven the more successful songs on their preceding record, The Yes Album, were pushed much harder here, and not just in the music but in the packaging of the album:the Roger Dean-designed cover was itself a fascinating creation that seemed to relate to the music and drew the purchaser's attention in a manner that few records since the heyday of the psychedelic era could match. Having thrown original keyboard player Tony Kaye overboard early in the sessions -- principally over his refusal to accept the need for the Moog synthesizer in lieu of his preferred Hammond organ -- the band welcomed Rick Wakeman into its ranks. His use of the Moog, among other instruments, coupled with an overall bolder and more aggressive style of playing, opened the way for a harder, hotter sound by the group as a whole; bassist Chris Squire sounds like he's got his amp turned up to "12," and Steve Howe's electric guitars are not far behind, although the group also displayed subtlety where it was needed. The opening minute of "Roundabout," the album opener -- and the basis for the edited single that would reach number 13 on the Billboard charts and get the group onto AM radio in a way that most other prog rock outfits could only look upon with envy -- was dominated by Howe's acoustic guitar and Bill Bruford's drums, and only in the middle section did the band show some of what they could do with serious amperage. Elsewhere on the record, as on "South Side of the Sky," they would sound as though they were ready to leave the ground (and the planet), between the volume and intensity of their playing. "Long Distance Runaround," which also served as the B-side of the single, was probably the most accessible track here apart from "Roundabout," but they were both ambitious enough to carry most listeners on to the heavier sides at the core of this long player. The solo tracks by the members were actually a necessity: they needed to get Fragile out in a hurry to cover the cost of the keyboards that Wakeman had added to the group's sonic arsenal. But they ended up being more than filler. Each member, in effect, took a "bow" in mostly fairly serious settings, and Squire's "The Fish" and Howe's "Mood For a Day" pointed directly to future, more substantial projects as well as taking on a life of their own on-stage. If not exactly their peak, Fragile was as perfect a record as the group would ever make, and just as flawless in its timing as its content.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/2007
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • EAN: 4988029402844
  • Catalog Number: 4028

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yes Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Mellotron
Jon Anderson Vocals
Bill Bruford Percussion, Drums
Steve Howe Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Chris Squire Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Yes Producer
Brian Lane Arranger
Eddy Offord Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yes 2 thumbs up...

    Yes is a two thumbs up artist. This album includes the songs Roundabout, Cans and Brahms, We Have Heaven, South Side of the Sky, and more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best progressive rock album ever

    How can I start a review on this album? It is just terrific from start to finish it never let's go of your attention (except maybe Bruford's ''Five Per Cent For Nothing'' which I never really understood). Epic songs such as ''Roundabout'', ''Heart of the Sunrise'', and ''South Side of the Sky'' are the highest points on the album, showcasing each member's incredible talents as musicians. Steve Howe's guitar playing is nothing less than brilliant. Chris Squire's bass work is aggressive and terrifically different from standard bass lines. Bill Bruford's drumming is also aggressive while keeping the listener completely in touch with the song. Rick Wakeman's keyboards are outstanding as showcased in his peice ''Cans and Brahms''. Last, but not least, Jon Anderson's melodic, harmonized lyrics bring the songs together and are so calming. As a guitar player however, Steve Howe defines brilliant solo guitar work with his awesome acoustic peice ''Mood For A Day'' which follows his terrific solo peice ''The Clap'' from The Yes Album. Both brilliant songs. Could this be the greatest rock album ever? Well, it is timeless, and the songs are just sooooo.... effective. What more could anyone want in a rock and roll album?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential Yes

    Though there are nine tracks on this CD, its reputation lies mainly on the three extended pieces that take up tracks 1, 4, and 9. The five ''individual'' tracks are not without their charm (Anderson's 'We Have Heaven' is cute), but it's on the big set pieces 'Roundabout', 'South Side of the Sky' and 'Heart of the Sunrise' that the power of classic Yes is truly displayed. These songs exude the sort of tricky riffs and time changes that the band defined, but do so within a melodic construct that makes them easy (and fun) to listen to. All five members are in top form on this album, making it one of the band's best efforts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply beautiful!

    I first heard about Yes in 1979 when I was 13 by some older friends, I was very confident about what kind of music was the best, but I simply got embarased when I said KISS was one of the greatest groups for me. My friends just laughed, then I told them I knew Yes, so they asked me which record I liked best Fragile or Relayer. Not knowing either one of them I said Relayer, and they said it was a funny thing because most people liked Fragile more. Being as young as I was I just loved this record from the very begining and agreed with them that this record was better. Although Relayer was as good as this one for me maybe better because Yes were simply at the height of the progresive movement and Relayer proved that. That was when I Knew they didn't understand what Yes was doing at the time and I didn't feel so dumb. All of this record is just great starting from the rythem section, the vocal harmonies, specially Andersons unique voice and songwriting, the great melodies, the hard rock power, these guys knew how to rock, to the virtuoso magic of Howe and Wakeman. It's also a great spiritual record for me. I can write a whole book about Yes and it wouldn't be enough.

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