19135-2 Relayer
Produced by Yes and Eddie Offord
Released on December 5, 1974
UK CHART POSITION #4 . . . US CHART POSITION #5 . . . GOLD RECORD (12/18/74)
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O vershadowed by the ambitious works that preceded it, Relayer may well be the most underappreciated album in the Yes discography. Taking its name from one of the more successful passages of Tales from Topographic Oceans, this album features a full collaboration from all band members (which now included ex-Refugee keyboardist Patrick Moraz), and is a much more successful amalgam of sound than their last effort. The side-long “The Gates of Delirium” begins with sparkling keyboards reminscent of “Close to the Edge,” but the song itself (which depicts a battle) is suitably more aggressive, with Moraz’ keyboards at times inviting comparison to Jethro Tull’s A Passion Play. The real advantage here is the heightened presence of Chris Squire and Alan White, who together forge the tight rhythm section that was the missing link to greatness on their last two releases. Similar to the peacfeful resolution to “And You and I,” the song ends with a lovely segment that was later distilled as the album’s single, “Soon.” Under the influence of Moraz, Yes then branches off into jazzy directions for “Sound Chaser,” an environment that (for all the labelling of him as a “rock” drummer) allows Alan White to shine. The band does crowd the listener with too much music on occasion (Jon Anderson and Steve Howe adopt more abrasive tones in an effort to pierce through the music), but it’s still a definite improvement over earlier experiments like “The Ancient (Giants Under the Sun).” After so much tortuous music, the band deflates the pressure with the charming, dreamlike “To Be Over,” and fans of the band’s softer side will revel in this relaxed climate. Although Relayer reflects the past - notably Close to the Edge and Tales from Topographic Oceans - it also represents a shift toward more rock-oriented arrangements, and thus provides a basis for their next album, Going for the One. In the three-year interim between those albums, the members of Yes each pursued solo projects; though Moraz would appear with Howe and Squire on their debuts, he was eventually replaced by the returning Rick Wakeman.

SD 18122 gatefold cover SD 18122 lyric sleeve
SD 18122 gatefold cover SD 18122 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. THE GATES OF DELIRIUM    21:55
  2. SOUND CHASER    9:25
  3. TO BE OVER    9:08

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  4. SOON (SINGLE EDIT)
  5. SOUND CHASER (SINGLE EDIT)
  6. THE GATES OF DELIRIUM (STUDIO RUN-THROUGH)

    All the music was written and arranged by YES

CREDITS

JON ANDERSON -- vocals
STEVE HOWE -- guitars & vocals
PATRICK MORAZ -- keyboards
CHRIS SQUIRE -- bass & vocals
ALAN WHITE -- drums
Genaro Rippo -- tapes
Brian Lane -- co-ordination
Roger Dean -- cover design and drawing
Jean Ristori -- original group photograph
Mansell Litho -- plates
Mike Allison -- paste up

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/FRA December 5, 1974 Atlantic LP/CS K50096 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
US/AUS'L/CAN December 5, 1974 Atlantic LP/CS/8T SD/AC/TP 18122 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
GER/NET 1974 Atlantic LP ATL 50096 gatefold cover
JPN 1974 Atlantic LP P-8530A gatefold cover, lyric insert
VEN 1974 Atlantic LP GM2002311  
BRA 1975 Atlantic LP 20043 gatefold cover
MEX 1975 Atlantic LP GX01-747  
MEX   Atlantic LP GWEA5131  
POR   Atlantic LP LP-S-39-7 gatefold cover
US July 1988 Atlantic LP/CD/CS SD/CS 19135  
US August 16, 1994 Atlantic CD 82664 digital remaster
JPN 1996 Atlantic CD AMCY-4034 picture sleeve
JPN 2001 Atlantic CDLE AMCY-6298 limited edition digital remaster
US August 26, 2003 Elektra CDX 73792 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
RUS   CD Maximum CDX CDM100577 repackaged w. TORMATO

 

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