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Fragile [Expanded & Remastered] Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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Far and away the longest lasting and the most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, Yes proved to be one of the lingering success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock ... Read more in Amazon's Yes Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Feb 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00007KWHP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Roundabout (Remastered Version) 8:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Cans And Brahms (Extracts From Brahms' 4th Symphony In E Minor, Third Movement) (Remastered LP Version) 1:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. We Have Heaven (Remastered LP Version) 1:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. South Side Of The Sky (Remastered LP Version) 7:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Five Per Cent For Nothing (Remastered LP Version)0:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Long Distance Runaround (Remastered Version) 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Fish (Schindleria Praemeturus) (Remastered LP Version) 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mood For A Day (Remastered LP Version) 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Heart Of The Sunrise (Remastered Version)10:34Album Only
Listen10. America (Remastered LP Version )10:31Album Only
Listen11. Roundabout (Remastered Early Rough Mix) 8:35£0.99  Buy MP3 

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YES Fragile (2003 German pressed 11-track digitally remastered CD album featuring the Bonus Recordings America and Roundabout [Early Rough Mix] housed in a digipak picture sleeve within an outer picture card slipcase)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Iredale on 20 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first picked this album up some 25 years ago on holiday in Guernsey and have been consistently wowed by it ever since. It truly shows a band that, with an average age of their early to mid 20s (incredible fact in comparison to today's out put by young scamps) effortlessly producing their arguably best album and then chasing that zenith ever since.

The album's opener, `Roundabout' is a catchy number, with a spring-driven very trebly Rickenbacker bass courtesy of Chris Squire. A staple of their live shows ever since I think, and a good intro what Yes are about. Followed by the first of an idea that was I think a success; each band member produces heir own track. Due to contractual reasons, Rick Wakeman plays some Brahms, which is pleasant, if slightly out of character with the rest of the album and makes one consider what he would have done if his hands weren't bound by red tape (he had only just joined the band at this point). Secondly, and more satisfactorily we have alto Jon Anderson makes a wonderful multi-tracked, if mantra-like song called `We Have Heaven'. A wonderful dreamy soundscape and very easy on the ears. This is thrown into sharp focus by `South Side of the Sky', a jagged, hard hitting effort with some wonderful piano in the middle, this song seems to match the wonderful painting on the cover of the album.

Next is a drum riff called `Five Percent for Nothing' (a title that was a dig at their previous manager) in which the band accompanies drummer Bill Bruford and has a very strong jazzy feel (Bill joined Yes, thinking it was a jazz band!), followed by another classic Yes track `Long Distance Runaround', again which sums up Yes rather nicely; strong vocals, accomplished playing and an imaginative feel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stotty on 28 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Fragile is the album that most fans would consider Yes' first real masterwork. It's predecessor, The Yes Album paved the way for Fragile in many ways with more intricate and complex musical passages. This album saw Yes become the standard bearers of the progressive rock 'movement'.
Keyboardist Tony Kaye, who's style was always more of a rock and roll Hammond organ player a la Jon Lord, had been 'booted' out of the group and replaced by the flamboyant, curryholic caped crusader, Rick Wakeman. Wakeman's impact on Fragile would certainly be as important as Steve Howe's debut on The Yes Album.
Not only was Wakeman a more skilful keyboard player than Kaye, he liked to experiment with different sounds and effects that would add a new dimension to Yes music. He also liked to use his classical training, and inject it with his own brand of rock.
Fragile is an album that features not only group compositions, but also allows each member their own track, giving the listener a good idea of what styles and sounds that particular musician brings to Yes as a whole. This may seem a pretentious, self indulgent idea, but I think those 'solo' tracks provide good links to the bigger, more expansive group numbers.
Once again, Yes fans need no introduction to the tracks on offer here. 'Roundabout' is a perennial crowd pleaser and legendary Yes track with Steve Howe alternating between acoustic and electric guitar, some smooth bass playing by Chris Squire, some pounding Bill Bruford drums, awesome vocal harmonies and some killer soloing from Wakeman. It's got the lot.
'South Side Of The Sky' is my favourite track on the album. A stark number about a group freezing to death on a mountain climbing expedition.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Aug 2004
Format: DVD Audio Verified Purchase
I won't comment on the album - if you're a Yes fan all you need to know is "should I buy this". The answer is "Yes you should". The next question is "How soon can I have more of these please". I would REALLY love to have 90125 and the Yes Album in this format. I have two Queen audio DVDs and this Yes album. I have a good quality surround setup and as far as I'm concerned this is the most fun music listen I've heard in years. And the sound is just super crisp - this Yes album in particular is REALLY nicely done. Some nice artwork and features on the disc as well. I prefer the DTS surround version - the Dolby surround version is somehow more subtle but less lively. Plus you get 96Khz high resolution versions as well. Great value!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Aug 2003
Format: DVD Audio
It's great when something or someone you've known for so long (in this case around 25 years) can still surprise you. Well hearing Fragile on the DVD-A format did just that, bringing a new depth and clarity to an already excellent recording.
The degree of presence provided by the higher resolution format brings the band into the room. The group pieces work best, with the title track and 'South Side of the Sky' serving as a showcase for the band's virtuosity and atmospheric vocal harmonies.
A must buy for any Yes fan. Can't wait for more Yes releases on the format.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jun 2007
Format: DVD Audio
The "Yes - Fragile" album is such a classic! After the huge success of "The Yes Album", five musicians (Anderson, Bruford, Howe, Squire, and Wakeman) made history. First each musician composed their own song with each one having individual ideas represented through amazing use of their instruments of choice. Of course, "Roundabout" became the big hit, almost by surprise by the band members. But other group songs like, "Long Distance Runaround" and "Heart Of The Sunrise" became famous FM and college campus classics. This edition also includes a fantastic long rendition of Paul Simon's "America".

Remixed (A great choice of an album to do it for) in DVD Surround Sound by Tim Weidner and Steve Hall) this album jumps out and about your living space with amazing sound and clarity. One can only hope that more of "Yes" will be reproduced in this format. DVD set also includes a photo gallery, lyrics and an animated "YES" timeline. What else could one want?
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