Relayer [Bonus Tracks]

Relayer [Bonus Tracks]

by YesYes

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Overview

First things first. It's unlikely that this remaster will convert anyone who rejected Relayer in the past. Even more than its predecessor, the sprawling Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer was the sound of a band that built its reputation on vast, ambitious ideas, facing up to the fact that it had completely run out of them -- and the so-ponderous intro to "The Gates of Delirium" remains the most disappointing opening that any Yes album has ever endured. How sad that they didn't forget the final mix and go with the studio runthrough instead. Closing the three bonus tracks that pack out the 2003 remaster of Relayer, a full-length blast through that side-long disappointment packs a sparkle and energy that the released version absolutely lacks. The guitars and keyboards shimmer, Anderson's vocal is alive with enthusiasm, and there's a dynamism to the rhythms that simply echoes through your head. Elsewhere among these remasters, the alternate versions of familiar songs have offered little more than a rough blueprint of subsequent majesties. This time, the outtake is the best thing in sight, with the closing "Soon" section standing among the finest Yes recordings of all. "Soon" reappears again among the bonus tracks, in the form of a tight little single edit; "Sound Chaser," too, made it onto 45, and it's intriguing to hear its original nine minutes cut down to just over three, dominated by guitar lines and a loping rhythm that wouldn't have been out of place on a Led Zeppelin album. The "cha-cha-cha" chorus is still annoying, though, and the bulk of the remastered Relayer will doubtless languish unplayed in your CD collection. For that astonishing reappraisal of "Gates of Delirium," however, it's worth the cost of admission.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2003
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227379223
catalogNumber: 73792
Rank: 6107

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yes   Primary Artist
Steve Howe   Group Member
Chris Squire   Group Member
Patrick Moraz   Group Member
Genaro Rippo   Tape

Technical Credits

Jon Anderson   Composer
Steve Howe   Composer
Chris Squire   Composer
Yes   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Patrick Moraz   Composer
Roger Dean   Cover Art
Alan White   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Mike Allison   Contributor
Bill Inglot   Producer
Eddy Offord   Producer,Engineer
Bryan Lasley   Reissue Layout
Doug Gottlieb   Liner Notes
Don Lehmkul   Author
Mansell Litho   Contributor
Glen Gottlieb   Liner Notes

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