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FragileFragile is the fourth studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, originally released in 1971 on Atlantic Records. It is their first album recorded with keyboardist Rick Wakeman in the band's line-up after Tony Kaye was fired for having a lack of interest in learning more electronic keyboards. Formed of nine tracks, four are group performances while the remaining five are solo features written by each member. Its cover was designed by Roger Dean, who would design their future band logo, stage sets, and many of their future album covers.
Fragile received a positive reception upon its release and was a commercial and critical success, reaching No. 4 on the US Billboard Top LPs chart and No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart. Roundabout was released as a single in the US which reached No. 13 and is one of the band's best known songs. The album is certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over 2 million copies.1. Roundabout
2. Cans And Brahms
3. We Have Heaven
4. South Side Of The Sky
5. Five Per Cent For Nothing
6. Long Distance Runaround
7. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)
8. Mood For A Day
9. Heart Of The Sunrise$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
The Ladder is a synthesis of the best traits of the experimental Fragile era and the pop-oriented 90125 era. Producer Bruce Fairbairn completed The Ladder shortly before his death in 1999, and unlike some of his work with Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Kiss, and others, he didn't overproduce it. Vocalist Jon Anderson, lead guitarist Steve Howe, and bass guitarist Chris Squire all have fine moments, and drummer Alan White is consistent. The roles of keyboardist Igor Khoroshev and, in particular, guitarist Billy Sherwood are less clear. It occasionally seems the purpose of Khoroshev's keyboards is providing a variety of sonic textures instead of functioning as a lead instrument. Sherwood's second guitar tends to flesh out the sound. Homeworld (The Ladder) is a tight band performance, but the supple vocals/acoustic guitar/piano coda is the best part. Howe's bouncy acoustic guitar drives Lightning Strikes, yet the biggest surprise is the addition of a horn section. The energetic Face to Face is the strongest track, and Squire lets loose with a sputtering bassline. If Only You Knew is a sweet, straightforward love song Anderson wrote for his wife. The Messenger has a smooth, funky feel -- a remarkable feat considering prog rock is usually considered the whitest rock genre. New Language is the best long song on The Ladder, thanks to a clever arrangement giving all six members an opportunity to demonstrate their talents.1. Homeworld (The Ladder)
2. It Will Be A Good Day (The River)
3. Lightning Strikes
4. Can I?
5. Face To Face
6. If Only You Knew
7. To Be Alive (Hep Yadda)
9. The Messenger
10. New Language
11. Nine Voices (Longwalker)$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Like It Is Yes Live At The Mesa Arts CenterYES is one of the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands. On August 12th 2014, YES performed two of the most popular and storied albums of their catalog in their entirety, all in one concert: Close to the Edge and Fragile at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, AZ. A must for all YES enthusiasts as well as a wonderful introduction to new fans of the band.LP1
1. CLOSE TO THE EDGE
2. AND YOU AND I
3. SIBERIAN KHATRU
2. CANS AND BRAHMS
3. WE HAVE HEAVEN
4. SOUTH SIDE OF THE SKY
5. FIVE PER CENT FOR NOTHING
6. LONG DISTANCE RUNAROUND
7. THE FISH (SCHINDLERIA PRAEMATURUS)
8. MOOD FOR A DAY
9. HEART OF THE SUNRISE$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Yes It's TrueYes, It's True is the first proper studio album by The Polyphonic Spree since 2007s The Fragile Army.
"The songs here are from many different periods in the last few years," frontman Tim DeLaughter explains. "This record feels like a collection of "songs" rather than a long listening piece which we've done previously in the Spree stylistically. It's kind of refreshing."
The album was recorded in stages and produced by The Speekers alongside Eric Drew Feldman (PJ Harvey, Captain Beefheart) with mixing done by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2).1. You Don't Know Me
2. Popular by Design
3. Hold Yourself Up
4. Carefully Try
5. You're Golden
6. Heart Talk
7. Blurry Up the Lines
8. Let Them Be
9. Raise Your Head
10. What Would You Do?
11. Battlefield$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Topographic Drama - Live Across AmericaIn the Summer of 2016, YES embarked upon an ambitious tour. At each show, the band performed its 1980 album 'Drama' in its entirety - for the first time ever - plus sides one and four from YES' 1973 double-album 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' (their first number one album), together with fan favourites like 'Roundabout' and 'Starship Trooper'.
Rhino salutes the influential progressive rockers - who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year - with the new live album, TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA - LIVE ACROSS AMERICA. The music will be available as a Triple-LP. The release features detailed cover art designed by the band's longtime collaborator Roger Dean.
The new collection features live performances from 12 dates recorded on the tour in February 2017, by the current Yes line-up: Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass), Jon Davison (vocals), and additional drummer for this tour Jay Schellen.
TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA - LIVE ACROSS AMERICA highlights the best performances from the 2017 leg of the 12-show tour and mirrors the set list from those concerts. Each night, Yes opened with all six songs from Drama (1980), the band's tenth studio album, which peaked at No.2 on the U.K. Album Chart. Standouts include 'Machine Messiah', 'Tempus Fugit' and the album's only single 'Into The Lens'.
After 'Drama', the band shifted gears for songs from two of its best-selling albums: 'And You And I' from 1972's 'Close To The Edge' (UK Platinum) and 'Heart Of The Sunrise' from 1971's 'Fragile' (UK Platinum).
Next, the group played the opening and closing tracks of its concept album, 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' (1973). Howe's exceptional guitar work on 'The Revealing Science Of God' and White's propulsive drumming on 'Ritual' have always been regarded as ground-breaking. The album concludes with two live staples: 'Roundabout' from 'Fragile' (1971) and 'Starship Trooper' from 'The Yes Album' (1971).
Among the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES was founded in 1968. The Grammy-Award® winning recording artists have sold more than 50 million records in a career that has so far spanned six decades.LP 1
1. Machine Messiah
2. White Car
3. Does It Really Happen?
4. Into The Lens
5. Run Through The Light
6. Tempus Fugit
1. And You And I
2. Heart Of The Sunrise
3. The Revealing Science Of God
4. Leaves Of Green
3. Starship Trooper$59.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now