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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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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Beware of this pressing of the Relayer vinyl, released in 2009. Despite the 180 grams it was warped, had a lot of surface nose, and an nonredeemable skip on side two. Read morePublished 17 days ago by John E. Ellison
Purchased this album used and it came in great condition. The album and collection of songs are pretty interesting given the first track is about 20 minutes long. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Manny J.
bought album to finish collection, mediocre by Yes standards, still...not as bad or boring as tales from topographic oceans, a definite stinker!!Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
"Classic Yes" specialized in pastoral beauty and classical experimental opus' of orchestral rock and stream of consciousness lyricism. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beatlenik
Beautiful music from an epic band. Relayer is an album that dared to challenge the band's fan base with a somewhat different yet familiar energy the true YES fan craved and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by littlewolf
I first liked this album when I came out in 1974 and still love it all these years later.
The album I feel is jazz influenced but very accessible, especially the Gates of... Read more
Yes' greatest album and one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Kinetic and ethereal, jazz-inspired and rocking, inspired melodies and pulsating rhythms coalescing into an... Read morePublished 5 months ago by artful dodge