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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 14 Jan 2012
This review is from: Relayer (Audio CD)
Who has the right to say (as does the reviewer on iTunes) that this has the most disappointing opening of any Yes album? Poppycock!! The Gates of Delirium - start to finish - to me stands as their greatest single work. Most of Yes' lyrics were non-sensical, whereas the anti-war message of this epic is very clear indeed. The various "movements" through which this piece takes the listener are easily understood and the frantic battle section makes me feel frightened, excited, sad, breathless and dumbstruck at the sheer scope of musicianship required to put such a "suite" together.

I'm a huge Floyd fan and never cared much for Jon Anderson's voice, but Floyd never even approached the complexity of "Gates". Even Yes' own "Close to the Edge" to me sounds quite dull by comparison. Once you get to the end of the "battle" segment of "Gates", the sublimeness of Patrick Moraz's keyboards during the closing "Soon" section are extremely moving and bring all kinds of emotions out in me. Even after all these years, I listen to this on my iPod and am dumbstruck with awe. There never was a classical composer who produced anything better than this band on this album, especially on "The Gates of Delirium".
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Initial post: 3 Jul 2012 09:33:21 BDT
T. DK says:
Exactly described - this was the first Yes-song I ever heard
and immediately I bought it . "The Gates of Delirium" has
a breathtaking complexity, even surpassing some classical
music I used to hear .
It's like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky & Stravinski
had put together a group - mixing all their styles succesfully
into one kaleidoscope of work ... Take the twenty minutes
to listen to this musical adventure, the greatest coherent &
perfected YES-experience at all .
"Close to the edge" is a TRADITIONAL classical composition
with typical classical tempo shifts like Allegro, Adagio etc.
whereas "Tales from Topographic ocean" is EXPERIMENTAL
different classical contributions . "Close TTE" is a complete,
but light piece of work and "Tales FTO" explores new ways,
but is missing a united structure .
"Gates of Delirium" is a complete amazing work with united
advanced structure - successfully created and unique !!!
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