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5 stars Another example where 5 members came together and created something that will live through and be admired till the dawn of mankind. On Fragile 5 of the most talented musicians in the history of Prgressive Rock came together....This really is what I would call the classical line up. On Fragile they came together...with the second album they created Close To The Edge, their greatest masterpiece.....what a pitty that this line up only stayed together for such a short time..what if this 5 would have stayed together to make Tales, Relayer and Going as we'll......What different if would have sounded then if Bruford was drumming Sound Chaser....or Tales how awsome it would have been if Wakeman would have stayed to play on Relayer....No, if there ever was a classical line it was the one that they had during this album........Fantastic.....

Fragile itself it a pile of classics.....much shorter tracks as they begin to create later but...still totally blown away...after I got hooked to Union (I know alot hate it, including Wakeman, but I think it contains some amazing tunes)...The longer pieces are Roundabout, South Side Of The Sky and Heart Of The Sunrise...........Roundabout has some fantastic accoustic begining with is joined by some good and characteristic Squire bass what result in one of the more acessible tunes Yes ever created. South Side Of The Sky sets right of with some bass & drum interplay..which goes on till about half of the song, where Rick can show some of his more sensitive sides on the Piano, this stays like this untill about 2 min before the end where they pick up the beginning tune of the song again, but this time joined by a nice solo of Steve.

The other short songs, are more sort of solo songs in which every musician can show thier mastership, and skill....I particulary like Long Distance Runaround, that perhaps is the most coperative piece of the short ones......., The Fish, nicely experimental,with some great bass of Chris...and the very beautifull accoustic Mood For A Day, where Steve can show his skills in a Spannish guitar.

All of this is rounded off with the best song of the album : Heart Of The Sunrise. It was Heart Of The Sunrise as the first song of Yes that I really loved...Back then I didn't know it was on Fragile and I think that....I knew it from Yesyears. Its also the only song that is missing on the Keys concert...and should have been added to an already mindblowing set...Particularry amazing here are the vocals of Anderson...I so much like the way he sing...'Coming quickly to turn....' Very very very beautifull. And I never really realized how much Mellotron they use in this song...Its not very obvious, but instead very very suddle....and sensitive....

All in all a true classic.....If you own. Fragile, Close To The Edge, Tales, Relayer and are setlled.....and have all the legendary studioalbums of Yes.

Daniel1974nl | 5/5 |


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