The 50th anniversary of prog legends’ album “Fragile” Yes is celebrated by the syndicated radio show In The Studio With Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands.
Redbeard had this to say: “Evaluating the enduring fourth album from London-based YES on the golden anniversary of its UK release in late November 1971 (about six weeks later in America), the seemingly timeless effort seems anything but Fragile. Unlike other versions of Time by its peers of progressive rock, Fragile apparently remains time-impervious in its allure. Building on the momentum of a unique sound captured nine months earlier. on The YES Album, a key personnel upgrade at the trading deadline in the form of first-call studio, and Strawbs key magician Rick Wakeman put a World Cup progressive rock player on the pitch for help record “Roundabout,” “South Side of the Sky,” “Long Distance Runaround,” and “Heart of the Sunrise.” Their result Still a sonic wonder five decades later, Wakeman is joined by YES co-founder, Jon Anderson, here In the Studio for an acti on positive progressive rock.
“I don’t know why the memory of coming home in the snow from the record store in the first week of 1972 with the new album YES under my arm has remained so vivid for half a century. Only four months ago I I had discovered The YES Album and mistakenly assumed it was the first of the group, but I had been extremely impressed with the sheer musicality and skill exhibited by these unsung Londoners.
To get a new perspective on the sonic assortment that is Fragile, I focused on the 2002 and 2015 5.1 surround mixes of ‘South Side of the Sky’ and ‘Heart of the Sunrise’. On that tune later, for all the past quotes documented on Rick Wakeman’s writing due to his then adoption of new cutting edge electronic synth keyboards, there is a very impressive grand piano played by Wakeman that stands out all the more. more by contrast. Now notice I’m not a guitarist but I grew up listening to country and western songs on my dad’s radio on WWVA, Wheeling WV plus ‘Hee Haw’ on TV every Saturday night so I knew the sound of Roy Clark’s’ The Country Gentleman’s Gee-Tar. Except on Fragile’s’ Southside of the Sky ‘, YES guitarist Steve Howe was ROCKIN’ that thing, with blisters in his neck like Junior Johnson on turn four heading for the finish line. And they were a London based progressive rock band!
“Then there was the way, coming out of each bridge on ‘Southside …’, YES was raising the pitch very slightly each time, something so subtle that I had to listen carefully each time to see if my ear (quite sensitive to the height) was playing tricks on me. And on the vocal breakdown halfway through the song, band singers Jon Anderson and Chris Squire picked up the tempo with drummer Bill Bruford very slightly. Again, at first I thought maybe it was just bad tape editing, but as the pattern repeated itself throughout my run, I realized that the combination of the ascending tone change and the rushed tempo gave the music a visceral urgency as if YES knew, even fifty years ago, that they had a date with fate and they didn’t want to be late. ”Airing the episode. here.
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