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Relayer (Expanded) Original recording remastered
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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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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
In a nutshell the album is more dynamic, but doesn't deviate from the original recording.
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).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 months ago by Connor
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 morePublished on Dec 27 2006 by B. W. Wilson
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 morePublished on May 15 2004 by Justin Allen
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 morePublished on May 5 2004 by Karl Meischen
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 morePublished on April 16 2004 by Alan Caylow
After the "monster" double album, Tales of Topographic Oceans, keyboardist Rick Wakeman quit Yes, dissatisfied with where the band was going. Read morePublished on April 3 2004 by Matt Poole
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
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 morePublished on March 15 2004
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 morePublished on March 1 2004 by Lens Fortwright