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Relayer (Expanded) [Original recording remastered]

Yes Audio CD
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Relayer (Expanded) + Going for the One + Close to the Edge
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Bonus tracks: Soon (single edit); Sound Chaser (single edit), and the unissued The Gates of Delirium (studio run-through).


Possibly Yes's most musically adventurous album, 1974's Relayer is their only studio recording to feature avant-garde keyboardist Patrick Moraz (temporarily replacing Rick Wakeman, who was off making portentous solo albums at the time). Whereas Wakeman, for all his pyrotechnic wizardry, was a musical conservative, Moraz's modern jazz background adds a welcome dash of improvisational freedom to the band's tightly controlled sound. The guiding spirits of Joe Zawinul and Miles Davis surely hover in the background as Moraz and guitarist Steve Howe trade discords in "Sound Chaser," or when the 22-minute epic "The Gates of Delirium" apparently dissolves into instrumental chaos augmented by dissonant tape effects, or on the subsequent resolution ("Soon"), one of the band's finest moments. Following the bloated excess of Tales from Topographic Oceans from the year before, Relayer impresses with its condensed visceral intensity. A Yes album not to be overlooked. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome!! Jan. 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This particular remaster of Relayer displays perhaps the greatest improvement over previous editions of any of the Yes CDs I've encountered so far. Finally, that annoying tape hiss at the beginning of "To Be Over" is gone!! Everything sounds so crystal clear, yet full at the same time. The hectic middle part of "The Gates of Delirium" seems to finally make sense to me as, with this remaster, it has become uncluttered, with each instrument shining through distinctly. "Sound Chaser" has never sounded better!
It's been said before but I must confess that listening to this remaster of Relayer is like hearing it for the 1st time. Amazing! Wonderful! Beautiful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive version at last Sept. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
Finally, the new series of Yes remasters contains *all* of the original artwork, new and detailed liner notes, and for the first time, bonus tracks of single edits and studio outtakes, many of which have never been heard before. But beyond that, the layers of muddiness and hiss that were still partly present on the last round of remasters have been removed for good. "Relayer", along with "Going For The One", benefits the most from this; one listen to the crystal-clear, warm intro to "To Be Over" will convince even the jaded that this is superior to any version previous, including the original vinyl.
Although "Fragile" and "Close To The Edge" are their most perfect marriages of experimentation and accessibility, and "Going For The One" continued that tradition with spectacular results, "Relayer" is in many ways the greatest Yes album. With "Tales" the group attempted to push the boundaries of rock to their furthest limits but were hampered by a lack of energy, repetitious padding, impenetrable lyrics and sagging, even boring melodies. It had its moments, but I'm one of those who continues to agree with Wakeman's assertion that it could have been far better with some judicicious editing, since it did have moments of beauty and inspiration.
Although far different in sound and style (the group traded in its traditional symphonic prog sound for a more electronic and jazz-fusion oriented approach), "Relayer" is really the perfection of what they were trying to achieve with "Tales" in terms of making their music as dense, complex and experimental as possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Remastered Sept. 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
There's little point in discussing the music of Relayer and it's importance in prog rock as others have done so at length elsewhere. What's great about this particular release is the beathtaking sound quality and bonus tracks provided by Rhino Records. A vast improvement over the original CD remaster, this is Yes sounding better than ever. Each instrument stands out in the mix, the highs are more crisp and the lows deeper. A great deal of the original tape hiss has also been removed. I heard nuances and layers of sound on this release that I'd never heard before; it was like listening to the album for the first time again.
As for the bonus tracks, the single edits of "Soon" and "Sound Chaser" are somewhat superfluous, but the alternate version of Gates of Delerium is quite interesting. I won't give too much away, but I will say it's fascinating how much it varies from the album version.
With crystal clear sound and almost 30 minutes of bonus material all at a budget price, this re-issue of one of Yes' classic albums is a great value for any fan of progressive rock music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time July 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I always thought the initital recording of this album was dull and faint. This remastering brightens the album up and gives it more respect that it deserves. I read a previous review that the lows are too low and the highs are trimmed and that this takes from the guitar tone. I didn't think so.
In a nutshell the album is more dynamic, but doesn't deviate from the original recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DELERIOUS! July 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Relayer & Close to the Edge are (in my opinion) Yes' two best albums & it would be difficult for me to choose between the two of them. However, one advantage with Relayer is that it is the least dated album by Yes. Close to the Edge, admittedly sounds like it was recorded in 1972. Relayer is different. A lot of this, I think, has to do with the fact that Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman on this album. The irony is that, during the 70's, Wakeman was considered king, but I personally feel his use of keyboards was not as interesting as Moraz's. While Wakeman's playing was classically-based, Moraz had more of a jazz background. Wakeman, as Bill Bruford once said in an interview, is incapable of playing a blue note (though the one exception would be his excellent organ solo on Roundabout). Also, Moraz's use of synthesizers doesn't sound so obviously dated. Even as late as Tormato, Wakeman's choice of synths is so-well, cheesy. Too bad Moraz ended up being a jerk & Wakeman was in for Going for the One (and end up with Steve Howe & Wakeman struggling against each other). Don't get me wrong-when Wakeman was getting into it, he succeeded with some terrific playing also ("Close to the Edge" especially). But Moraz's approach really demonstrated that Yes could've pushed prog-rock in a more interesting direction. It was a great chemistry (now imagine what they would've sounded like with Bruford on the drums instead!).
The production on this album is fantastic. Steve Howe plays a more central role, which is never a bad thing! This definitely contains some of Alan White's best drumming (and not just on "Sound Chaser"), Chris Squire's bass lines rock (he has one of the most "erotic"-sounding bass playing, along with Tony Levin).
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5.0 out of 5 stars So underrated. Pick this up ASAP.
This re-issue is not to me missed. A great re-issue of a sadly underrated Yes masterpiece. This is absolutely one of their best albums. Be sure to pick this up!
Published 16 days ago by Connor
3.0 out of 5 stars Highly creative..
watch the timer on your cd player, as around 12:50 in the Gates of Delirium, there begins what may possibly be the BEST Yes music ever..which is the last half of this song. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2006 by B. W. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Relayer
Released in 1974, this album was WAY ahead of it's time. The Gates of Delirium and To Be Over are cool and the last vocal part and guitar solo on Sound Chaser are excellent. Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by Justin Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastering job: ONE star; Music: 5 stars
The savage mastering desecration of Relayer!! Apparently Dan Hersch and Bill Inglot decided that if they turned the treble way down and turned the bass way up, that would make... Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by Karl Meischen
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaying A Fine Yes Album
In 1974, keyboardist Rick Wakeman left Yes (the first of *many* comings and goings of Rick), as he wasn't happy with the group's direction on "Tales From Topographic... Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Alan Caylow
3.0 out of 5 stars Relayer Remastered
After the "monster" double album, Tales of Topographic Oceans, keyboardist Rick Wakeman quit Yes, dissatisfied with where the band was going. Read more
Published on April 3 2004 by Matt Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars One of progressive rock's most overlooked gems
Relayer(1974). Yes's seventh studio album
By the time the 1970s rolled around, times were turbulently changing and so was the music. Read more
Published on March 24 2004 by M. B. Link
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeffrey W. Richman
I noticed he would've given a Bartok Concerto 5 stars "were it not for one flaw - the haunting woodwind theme in the second movement of Concerto #1 is too soft. Read more
Published on March 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I can dig it...
This is my first Yes album, and I got it only a few weeks ago. Firstly, I'm new to the band, normally I listen to Zeppelin, Floyd and Hendrix, but I'm a new King Crimson fan (this... Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by Lens Fortwright
1.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Less Is More
Rhino should have released the bonus tracks in a separate package and left all these classic early Yes albums the way they were meant to be.
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by Jeffrey W. Richman
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