YES - Fragile

YES: Fragile

Album #160 - January 1972

Episode date - December 2, 2020

The Top 500 of The Top 40
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    For all intents and purposes, “Fragile” was my introduction to ‘progressive rock’, and the sudden stylistic shift alarmed my parents.

    I distinctly remember my mother asking me why I suddenly started listening to “long-hair” music (her term for European classicists a la Mozart, Brahms, etc.). I didn’t get her meaning at first – after all, everything I listened to was by long-haired rock and rollers, so her joke went right over my head at the time.

    Frankly, I didn’t listen to “Fragile” to hear “Cans and Brahms” (Rick Wakeman’s solo piece – each bandmember has one on “Fragile”), but the incredible musicianship of the band, churning in a spectacular manner under Jon Anderson’s pleasant tenor. Yes, the times they were a-changing.

    ​Roundabout

    ​Cans and Brahms

    ​We Have Heaven

    South Side of the Sky

    Five Percent for Nothing

    Long Distance Runaround

    The Fish

    Mood for a Day

    Heart of the Sunrise

    January 1972 - Billboard Charted #4

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