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|Steve Howe||Group Member|
|Chris Squire||Group Member|
|Patrick Moraz||Group Member|
|Yes||Arranger, Composer, Producer|
|Roger Dean||Cover Art|
|Greg Allen||Art Direction|
|Bill Inglot||Producer, Remastering|
|Eddy Offord||Producer, Engineer|
|Bryan Lasley||Reissue Layout|
|Doug Gottlieb||Liner Notes|
|Glen Gottlieb||Liner Notes|
Posted October 30, 2010
Everything written here about the bonus tracks being the best thing on this reissue and the opening of Gates of Delerium being disappointing is total BS. This album is Yes at the pinnacle of their creativity, and I personally wouldn't omit a single minute from any of the three tracks on this album. Gates of Delerium sounds like the soundtrack to some fantastic medieval battle, from the two sides discussing war to an epic battle to the aftermath. It's a musical journey that you don't often here. And listening to Chris Squire's bass playing is groovy hypnotic. Don't listen to the website review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
This album is great from start to finish. After Yes' 1973 Tales from Topographic Oceans album and tour was finished, Rick Wakeman left Yes to focus on his album Journey To The Center of the Earth, so there was auditions of keyboardists, and no one would believe that Vangelis known for his oscar winning score for the movie "Chariots of Fire" almost joined Yes as Rick Wakeman's replacement, but Patrick Moraz auditioned and soon enough, he indeed was the keyboardists that replaced Rick Wakeman, but this was the only album and tour that Patrick Moraz would perform with Yes, and after the album and tour had ended, he left Yes to focus on solo stuff, but on some albums he collaborated with founding and former Yes drummer Bill Bruford on some albums, but he collaborated with Chris Squire on his debut solo album Fish Out of the Water, but in 1981 he joined The Moody Blues and the rest is history, but soon Rick Wakeman would return to Yes for their "Going For The One" album in 1977.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Yes' 1974 classic Relayer is the most intense of their albums. It's also one of their very best. Opening monster epic 'The Gates of Delirium' could very well be the most powerful of all of Yes' side-long songs. It's also completely out of its mind! Relayer was the album where Patrick Moraz took over on keyboard duties from Rick Wakeman, and his presence is striking in this song's more thrilling moments. The first seven or so minutes are brilliantly melodic and really catchy, and then it goes completely insane. The next five minutes are probably the most freeform and wild in all of Yes' music. After this, around the 13 minute mark, the chaos clears, the dust settles and from the ashes, Moraz delivers a huge, monumental synth refrain that's eventually, impossibly overshadowed by an amazing guitar solo by Steve Howe that echoes its melody, and by this stage the song has become something absolutely enormous and totally thrilling... and then it all stops...echoing, ebbing, floating away and into the beautiful oasis of the song's 'Soon' segment, which is the most heartbreaking moment Yes have ever created. Bursting with melancholy, it goes for broke in the last 90 or so seconds and it's this sequence that just reduces me to jelly everytime in the way it gently escalates until it reaches an unbelievably gorgeous note, before finally drifting away into one seriously chilling, eerily beautiful coda that flutters and glitters away into the darkness. A total masterpiece. After this, it's amazing Yes have got anything left in them, but with the deranged and riotous 'Sound Chaser' they equal 'Delirium's more far out moments. And with 'To Be Over' they create a gorgeous country-tinged thing of sweetness that provides much needed relief after the full-on intensity of the first two tracks. Relayer is not the best introduction to Yes: start with The Yes Album, Fragile or Close to the Edge, then prepare yourself for this peerless example of prog rock at its best.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
'Relayer' is sort of 'Close to the Edge' held up to the fun-house mirror. I find it to be their most experimental and challenging listen of the 'classic Yes' period albums. It's the last time they did a side-long piece ("The Gates of Delirium"), if not the last time they did an epic of the 20-minute range (they returned to that on 'Keys to Ascencion I' with "That, That Is") - that's considering the LP format. If you like your prog-rock with more than a dash of jazz-fusion and darkness, 'Relayer' is your album! (The album has, I believe, among their most beautiful tracks, "To Be Over")Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2008
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