Saturday, October 15, 2011

Yes-Fragile (1971)

Only a privileged few can today afford to publish more than an album of high quality in less than twelve months. In the seventies it was quite common and most of them were Yes, exponent of the so-called top-level progressive and symphonic rock. 
This album released in November 1971 (the fourth study), participating for the first time keyboardist Rick Wakeman now famous, who added his talents to those of the other musicians, including Steve Howe, the superb guitarist who had joined a year earlier replacing the band's lead guitarist, Peter Banks. 

The album has a magical Roger Dean cover designed by artist specializing in landscape design fantastic and exotic for the covers of numerous musicians. Presents a planet similar to ours, with seas and continents, which is flown by a strange wooden aircraft. In the back is seen almost destroyed the planet and the glider away presumably with the planet's inhabitants inside. 
Entering fully the contents of the disk, you might describe as an interesting combination of five single-compositions (one for each member of Yes) plus four extended tracks that involved all members of the group.
Thus, we are only entitled Cans and Brahms keyboards (Extracts from Brahms' 4th Symphony in E Minor, Third Movement), Rick Wakeman adaptation made especially for this album, the acoustic guitar solo Mood for a Day by Steve Howe, We Have Heaven composition which highlights the Jon Anderson vocal arrangements, the short piece of percussion Five Per Cent for Nothing and finally the hypnotic instrumental with Latin title The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) to the brilliance of Chris Squire, whose nickname is "Fish".
All aforementioned instrumental compositions are a kind of complement to the four remaining large and extensive compositions:
Roundabout starts the album with its hallmark, the characteristic initial acoustic guitar complements recorded a synthesizer effect backwards. But the climax comes as you join the other instruments, including the melodious voice of Jon Anderson. Probably the most acclaimed song by fans of Yes, in all his discography.
The electric guitar and bass of Steve Howe and Chris Squire respectively, acquire epic proportions in South Side of the Sky, track No. 4 on the disc. Starting with environmental sounds of footsteps and wind blowing horse goes in the same conceptual meaning. Half of the subject there is a nice change of pace where the voice of Anderson and Wakeman's keyboards give way to a new download of Yes heavier than you can imagine. Excellent.
Long Distance Runaround has a nice melody that position as the subject more accessible album in my opinion. Start with a progressive characteristic Wakeman keyboards and, with its 3:33 in length, the shortest of this LP (not counting the aforementioned five solos). It is usually propagated in the radio with The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus), to be united both.
Heart of the Sunrise is the last track and is another example of how hard and heavy progressive rock could sound of the '70s, his change of pace midway through the topic more accessible your listening. At the end return the chorus of We Have Heaven, as a closing song and album.
Four hands high, almost five for this universal classic rock group gave the final boost it needed to consolidate, especially in the U.S., hard to recommend to fans of progressive rock, progressive metal and rock in general.

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