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Relayer Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B00007LTIB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
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140 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on December 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This classic had already been remastered on the Atlantic label a few years back. Now, we are treated to yet another series of Yes remasters: this time for the Rhino label. My suspicions on the motives behind this second series of Yes remasters aside, this classic remaster features a couple of single edits, and a studio run through. These are not very essential in my book, especially for people who love the album exactly as it is, but it's welcome, nonetheless.

Intense, harsh, ethereal, voluminous and ruggedly symphonic, Yes' 1974 release, _Relayer_ is arguably their most dark, experimental, grandiose and aggressive. 1972's _Close To The Edge_ was positive, peaceful and reflective. 1973's _Tales From Topographic Oceans_ was spiritually (and/or religiously) deep. However, on _Relayer_, Yes gets bleak, harsh and ominous--attributes that are rare in the positive, hopeful, celestial and peaceful world of Yes. But, make no mistake, the cosmic factor is in droves on this album, and is one non-stop sonic adventure.

The 22-minute war tale known as "The Gates Of Delirium", is a gargantuan slice of mystical progressive rock. In atmosphere, this epic features screaming synths, manic guitar solos and overall explosive volatility. Steve Howe's claustrophobic, finger-itching and hasty-paced guitar solos qualify him as nothing less than a virtuoso. Jon Anderson's vocals are ethereal, heartfelt and moving. Some of the rhythms played by Alan White are quite tricky, and not to be taken lightly. Later, Steve Howe and Chris Squire (bass) play something of an ascending scale before the violent, stormy and powerful instrumental middle section takes off. This is followed by the achingly beautiful "Soon, oh soon" section.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on December 20, 2005
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Released in 1974, this would be the last studio album from Yes for at least three years until the debut of their triumphant 1977 album Going for the One. Structurally, Relayer duplicates the format of Close to the Edge (1972) and as such is comprised of three pieces including the 21'55 epic The Gates of Delirium (it was Tolstoy's tome "War and Peace" that inspired vocalist Jon Anderson to put this epic together), in addition to the comparatively shorter pieces Sound Chaser (9'25") and To be Over (9'08"). In contrast with Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973), the energy levels are completely over the top on Relayer and may reflect the enthusiasm of new (Swiss) keyboardist Patrick Moraz. I think its worth noting that Moraz was a first chair player and his contributions to Relayer are consistently brilliant throughout - as an exceptional talent with a unique playing style, it is unfortunate he was not with Yes for a longer period of time.

Although the frenetic pace of Sound Chaser is exhilarating and the comparatively dreamy To be Over is a wonderful piece (Steve Howe's favorite apparently), The Gates of Delirium is my own personal favorite. Would I be way off the mark to say that The Gates of Delirium is the most well constructed large-scale composition in all of progressive rock? Being a huge Yes fan, it would be impossible to remain objective, but then again I have listened to a lot of prog and this composition really stands out.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Samuel McClellan on April 16, 2008
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One of those albums that, for most Yes enthusiasts, fell between the cracks. After the transcendent Close to the Edge, a lot of people (including myself) found Tales from Topographic Oceans...less than impressive. (Jon Anderson, in an interview, admitted that he and Steve Howe basically got all "inspired" together when coming up with the songs and the concept, and they, primarily he, pushed it on the rest of the band. Wakeman hated the album and left the band shortly after). Relayer was a complete 180 degree change, a total collaboration of all band members with none of the new-agey softness of Tales - it's much more hard-edged, never boring, filled with musically innovative twists and turns. Patrick Moraz's keyboard parts are inspired, Steve Howe displays new brilliance as a guitarist...really, each of the members' talents are displayed to their maximum, and the sum total is brilliant Yes.

The digital remix is great - in the original mix, there were parts in The Gates of Delirium where distortion creeped in that's gone now. This mix is clear, undistorted - you can hear things that you couldn't hear before. The album also contains a raw studio runthrough of Gates of Delirium which is interesting to hear; clearly the song went much farther before they made the final mix, so you get to see the structure of the song without many of the ornaments.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Nungesser on June 2, 2000
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In "Relayer", Yes took the occasionally-brilliant bloated bulk of "Topographic Oceans", distilled out its best aspects, added a jazz keyboardist to replace the more classical Wakeman, and cranked it to 11. It's their most experimental album, and in my opinion, their most successful one.
The 22-minute "Gates of Delerium" is one of their most coherent epics, creating in song and sound the tale of a war between two armies that feel forced to fight. Listen to this on a pair of good headphones, and by the time the 'Soon' segment floats in, if you aren't wiping your eyes, you're simply inhuman.
It's followed by "Sound Chaser", Yes at its edgiest, with a guitar solo that's the closest prog-rock ever got to straight-ahead rock n' roll.
The closer, "To Be Over", is my personal favorite Yes song. It has every classic Yes moment in one six-minute masterpiece: dreamy fantasy lyrics, a rocking guitar solo, thumping bass, an ear-ticking keyboard run, and lots of slide guitar. It's the Yes song that sounds most like a Roger Dean album cover.
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