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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars I wonder how much pressure Patrick Moraz felt in replacing Rick Wakeman ? Regardless, he more then passed any expectations that may have been put on him. His presence also seemed to add some energy and enthusiasm to the band, much like Bruford did when he joined KING CRIMSON. Moraz would also later play on Chris Squire's solo album "Fish Out Of Water" along with Bruford, Mel Collins and Jimmy Hastings. The only YES records better than "Relayer" in my opinion are "Close to the Edge" and "Fragile". I just love the sound of this record.

"The Gates Of Delirium" opens with an abundance of heavenly sounds. It all seems to have a higher pitch, which is in part because of the Fender Telecaster that Howe was playing instead of his usual lower toned Gibson guitar. It's hard for me to describe but you can really get lost in this song, and the last 4 minutes are nothing short of beautiful. This is perhaps the best song that YES has recorded.

"Sound Chaser" has a jazzy intro that turns into an instrumental display of virtuosity.The short outbursts of drums, bass and guitar are amazing ! Great keyboard solos from Moraz ! I have to say White does an incredible job on the kit as well. Check out the show that Howe puts on after 3 minutes. "To Be Over" opens with 2 minutes of instrumental music before Anderson comes in with his fantastic, almost dreamy vocals. Some uplifting guitar melodies as well in this mellow tune that is like the complete opposite of "Sound Chaser".

When I listen to this record it's like being in the company of an old friend. It just makes me feel so good, it's hard to put into words.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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