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5 stars I got this one back in 1974. I immediately liked it because it started off very lively, not unsimilar to Close to the Edge. I also noticed that the construction was of masterpiece proportions on Gates of Delirium. What was cool about the tune is that when they did the first verse, they changed the music around during the second verse and moved toward new musical ideas. This would continue through the song. For me, Gates of Delirium was the best epic tune I had ever heard. Every musician worked together as a unit. There were no single stars shining. The whole band was the shining star. I remember hearing Jon Anderson saying this was the first tune he wrote that was complete when the idea came to him. I just wonder what would have happened if the band didn't take a break after that album. Who knows what would have been. For those who don't know, each band member recorded their own album and none of the albums were as good as the band efforts. After they returned with Going for the One, Yes started going down hill as far as the epic tunes go. The exception being Mind Drive, but that was still inferior to this tune. For myself, I would have liked to see them continue to make album length songs. It would have delighted me to no end. Sound Chaser is also a masterpiece. The band is killer here. They have it altogether and it is a joy to listen to. To Be Over is on the slow side. I would have liked them to mix it up a little more than they did, but it too is an excellent work. The guys really outdid themselves on this one. I have to say this is the MUST HAVE Yes CD. This is their truely peek period.
KEITH | 5/5 |


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