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Another great album from Yes
on 16 January 2004
Yes released this one in 1974. This is the third cd release of it but is by far the most worthwhile to purchase. Extensive sleeve notes in a fold out booklet and all the original sleeve artwork in a cardboard sleeve and outer sleeve case. Much has been written about Relayers sparse feel and the jam section on the first track 'The Gates of Delirium' which occupied one side of the original vinyl release. Suffice to say, if you wanted to introduce someone not familiar to the band you wouldn't choose this album. For the lifelong fan of course it's a classic and 'Gates' sounds good as ever on this remastered edition.
The bonus tracks combine both sides of the US 'Soon' single ('Soon' being the beautiful closing section to 'Gates') with a studio run through of 'Gates'. This latter version is well worth having as it has subtle differences from the standard version (including 'la la' lyrics where none were written at that point !) with the most notable difference being the extra up tempo bit at the very end.