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.
Cans and Brahms
We Have Heaven
South Side of the Sky
Five Percent for Nothing
Long Distance Runaround
Mood for a Day
Heart of the Sunrise
January 1972 - Billboard Charted #4
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