- Audio CD (17 Feb. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B00007KWHP
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Fragile [Expanded & Remastered] Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Apart from 'Long Distance Runaround', the remaining tracks are cameos for each member of the band. Though brief, they're generally impressive. Rick Wakeman reveals the fruits of his classical training, Jon Anderson creates a typically celestial vocal arrangement and Bill Bruford gets his contribution out of the way almost apologetically. My favourites though are Chris Squire's unusual but engaging instrumental and Steve Howe's gorgeous acoustic piece.
The bonuses include a long interpretation of Paul Simon's 'America' which wouldn't have sounded out of place on the original album. 'Fragile' is one step away from Yes's peak and well worth buying if you like 'Close to the Edge'.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not really being a Prog Man, I came to this album because of the piece of music used in the film 'Buffalo 66'. The segment used was 'Heart of the Sunrise' from this LP. Read morePublished 18 days ago by CLINT McGAVIN
A long loved Yes album, featuring some classic tracks from their golden age and a short solo track from each band member which hint at the solo albums which came later (... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Notwen Mot
Prog Rock st its best. Fragile is a logical step on from the sublime Yes Album. Many of the tracks on Fragile could have easily been on Yes Album in terms of song structure. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Chuck D Wagner
Very good performance - Conforms to comment - serious seller and recommendedPublished 5 months ago by Gérald deguitre