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RELAYER

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

4.37 | 3000 ratings

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4 stars This is one of the most overlooked Yes albums. It is much more well put together than Topographic oceans (which I personally think should have been made as a single album instead of a double). Relayer hosts a 20+ minute masterpiece of a track that is 'Gates of Delirium'. It goes through many changes all of which are terrific. this track is up there with other Yes epics such as Close to the Edge, Awaken, & Heart of the Sunrise. Side 2 of the album has 2 tracks which in my opinion are another 2 of the best pieces the band have ever done. Sound Chaser has in it one of Steve Howe's fastest & most diverse guitar solos he has ever recorded. To Be Over is the final track of the album which has a soothing start with brilliant vocals from Jon Anderson. The track then changes once again, (like many Yes numbers), to a more rocky sound. Yes pull out all the stops on this album & keeps my interest the whole way through. Unlike Topographic oceans which is fantastic in places but Yes seem to totally repeat exerpts from past tracks and tracks on the album. Topographic seems very drawn out in parts. I certainly think Relayer is a much better example of Yes at their best, even if they didn't have Rick Wakeman on this album & Instead Patrick Moraz, they make it hardly noticeable. If your a Yes fan & you for whatever reason have not heard this album, then your in for a treat!
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