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Relayer (Expanded) [Original recording remastered]

Yes Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Bonus tracks: Soon (single edit); Sound Chaser (single edit), and the unissued The Gates of Delirium (studio run-through).

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YES Relayer (2003 UK 6-track digitally remastered and expanded CD issue of the 1974 album including 3 bonus tracks. Housed in a fold-out digipak picture sleeve with lyric booklet and in a picture slipcase)

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4 of 4 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 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Relayer Remastered April 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
After the "monster" double album, Tales of Topographic Oceans, keyboardist Rick Wakeman quit Yes, dissatisfied with where the band was going. Reacting to this, Yes jazzed up their sound, bringing in Patrick Moraz, the keyboardist from prog rock group Refugee, and recorded the results to produce Relayer.
The best track here is the 22 minute opener "Gates of Delirium", an epic song based on the epic novel "War and Peace". The introduction wanders peacefully through the main themes of the song, then the lyrics kick in. Patrick Moraz's crisp synths swoon and sing around. The song builds and builds, singer John Anderson's voice getting subtly louder, the drumming getting subtly more fierce and the melody becoming more and more loaded with tension.
Then, 8 minutes in, comes an intense piece of music that can only really be described as a sonic war. Drums going wild, each musician takes a turn at playing the lead melody, each sounding desperate to outdo each other. Backwards noises, clanging, applause and howling run across your headphones. It's paranoid, it's furious and it's probably one of the best musical equivalents of war there is. Eventually, the "war" grinds to a halt, leaving nothing but keyboard atmosphere, and out of the nothing emerges one of Yes' most moving ballads, "Soon", melancholy, loss and remorse all put to a weeping guitar.
Yep, the first track is up with classic. It's the last two tracks you've got to worry about.
It's not that their all bad. "Sound Chaser" features jazzy keyboard and rapid fire bass & drum lines, as well as a tribal "cha cha cha" chorus that sounds similar to "happy birthday to you", and the mellow lullaby "To Be Over" features some uplifting harmonies from Jon Anderson. However, all the good moments are scattered between less inspired stuff.
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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5.0 out of 5 stars DELERIOUS!
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. Read more
Published on July 13 2004
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 6 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 17 2004 by Alan Caylow
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
5.0 out of 5 stars If they were Going for the One - this is it!!!
Yep, this is it - as good as it gets!! Steve Howe is amazing on that Telecaster and both Alan White & Chris Squire reach new career peaks-whatever they may have struggled to... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Robert J. Salo
5.0 out of 5 stars This is More Like It - Great Remaster Great Music
I reviewed the earlier remaster and gave it few stars because I always thought this album sounded a little dead. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by Mark D Burgh
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