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Poll Question: Fragile vs Relayer
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Formentera Lady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 03 2011 at 17:39
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Both awesome albums, but Relayer demonstrates the creative high of Yes.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 05 2011 at 22:49
Gates of Delirium is among the best Yes ever did, but I don't really care for the rest of that album; To be Over is somewhat beautiful, but a bit too long for me (I like much better the shorter instrumental versions Howe has played), and Sound Chaser is just awful for me. On the other hand, Fragile is just about "almost" perfect. Even the solo spots, well, Howe's solo song is really nice, Squire's "Fish" is really very good, and for me it's just part of "Long distance runaround"; Anderson's part I actually like too, and sounds great as an introduction to "South Side of the Sky"; Wakeman's "Cans and Brahms" I don't really care about, but it's short enough and doesn't really bother me (I once read that "Catherine of Aragorn" was initially inteded to be his solo spot, and if that would have happened, then this album would have been just perfect); and Bruford's song is indeed pretty un-enjoyable for me, but it's barely half a minute, so, who cares. As for the full band songs, they are all perfectly great. So Fragile for me, the only album from Yes I may like better than this is CttE.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TopographicTales Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 05 2011 at 23:03
Relayer for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nash Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 06 2011 at 01:03
relayer is a better album in my opinion, but..i have an special sympathy for Fragile, i cant explain it

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote purplesnake Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 06 2011 at 01:29
Originally posted by dave-the-rave dave-the-rave wrote:

Fragile, even though I probably listen to Gates of Delirium more than I listen to anything on Fragile. South Side of the Sky, with the piano and "da, da, da" in the middle, Heart of the Sunrise, with Jon's amazing "Sharp... Distance," and Roundabout is almost like all of Yes in one 7 minute song. Pretty damn good, if you can put aside how overplayed it is. Plus, Long Distance Runaround and the Fish. Come on... how often do you play Sound Chaser and To Be Over?


What are you talking about! Sound Chaser and To Be Over are amazing, IMO they are probably the two most under-appreciated Yes songs... in addition to Dreamtime (from Magnification)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kirillov Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 06 2011 at 01:58
Definitely Relayer for me
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My vote goes for Relayer, I remember the first time I heard Relayer on vinyl, those intricate musical parts, it was really a war of sounds, you can sence the thrill and the despair during the breathtaking gates of delirium, to land of the most calming and soaring notes from Soon, I've never experienced something like it before.
Fragile has it's moments too, but the visual experience of Gates it's so strong, so powerful, when you think they can't go any further, they do, hard to overcome that!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote digdug Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 07 2011 at 13:24
Fragile is better in my books....  Relayer is still awesome though
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote twosteves Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 07 2011 at 15:10
Originally posted by Hans il mercante Hans il mercante wrote:

My vote goes for Relayer, I remember the first time I heard Relayer on vinyl, those intricate musical parts, it was really a war of sounds, you can sence the thrill and the despair during the breathtaking gates of delirium, to land of the most calming and soaring notes from Soon, I've never experienced something like it before.
Fragile has it's moments too, but the visual experience of Gates it's so strong, so powerful, when you think they can't go any further, they do, hard to overcome that!

I had the same experience with Relayer----it is so mind blowing it is almost too much to take---
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zwordser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 08 2011 at 13:51
Agreed!
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UGH! SO f**kING HARD! I guess... both, maybe?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote resurrection Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2011 at 09:01
Fragile was (IMO) the furthest Yes travelled. Everything after that was downhill or at best, sideways.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Redug Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2011 at 11:39
Hm, hard choice, both are excellent albums, I think I've listened to Fragile slightly more than Relayer so I'll give it the vote.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tamijo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2011 at 11:46
Fragile have allways been my favorite Yes album
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote refugee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2011 at 11:57
Relayer. Fragile has some really great songs, but I find Relayer to be more consistent. And I canít forgive Wakeman for what he did with Brahms.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Doctor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2011 at 11:59
Fragile.  Because it's Italian.  Tongue
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Both. Cool
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Darious Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 24 2014 at 07:26
Unfortunately Fragile didn't resonate with me nearly at all whereas Relayer is nearly on par with Close to the Edge for me. Relayer is my clean choice then

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I think Fragile is more assessable but it's really an album where the dream team comes together and creates a new Yes sound ---with the solo bits from each member blended together for a unique sound which was perfected on CTTE---
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