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Relayer [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

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Yes are an English rock band who achieved worldwide success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. Regarded as one of the pioneers of the progressive genre, Yes are known for their lengthy songs, mystical lyrics, elaborate album art, and live stage sets. No fewer than 18 musicians have been a part of the band's line-up, with its current form comprising singer Jon ... Read more in Amazon's Yes Store

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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
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1. The Gates Of Delirium
2. Sound Chaser
3. To Be Over
4. Soon (Single Edit)
5. Sound Chaser (Single Edit)
6. The Gates Of Delirium (Studio Run-Through)

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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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120 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Classic Gets Remastered...Again! December 24, 2004
By Samhot
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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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Yes's best, a sleeper album 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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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive version at last September 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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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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Published 2 days ago by R. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Prog Rock music
I thoroughly enjoyed this CD. The songs have many memories attached to them. It has made an excellent addition to my collection of music.
Published 15 days ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Yes albums
Relayer is easily one of my favorite Yes albums. I've loved it since its initial release and had the opportunity to see this version of Yes (with Patrick Moraz on keys) perform... Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. McCool
5.0 out of 5 stars yes fan
I have enjoyed there music for years. this one is a great one to get if you like long songs.
Published 4 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Yes Album.
Relayer is my absolute favorite from Yes with Tales From The Topographic Oceans and Going For The One both as a close second. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mumbabeal93
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Course, It's YES!
Of Course it gets 5 stars! Are you kidding? It's YES! Maybe not the critics choice as one of their best but still over the top. Read more
Published 5 months ago by guitarboss
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift purchase
I purchased this CD as a gift and the recipient is very satisfied with it; new addition to the i-pod.
Published 6 months ago by Adk
5.0 out of 5 stars Just back filling my collection
This was one of two Yes cd's that I needed to complete my collection. I did enjoy the remasters, they were a little hard to get used too at first.
Published 6 months ago by Kevin J. Luttrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes Relayer Is A Good Yes Album!!
Relayer is a fine work and very enjoyable to listen to. This rating of 4 Stars could increase to 5 Stars once I've gotten just a little more familiar with its inner workings and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Outlaw X
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great classic albums of progressive rock
This is one of the classic Yes albums, one of the reasons Yes was a star in not just progressive rock, but on FM radio as well.

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Published 7 months ago by Laura S.
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Is this the best YES album?
YES.

This is easily their greatest accomplishment.
This one takes a bit longer to seep into your brain,
but it's worth the effort.

Gates of Delirium is the finest Progressive Rock track of the 1970's.
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