Friday, December 5, 2014

40 Year Itch: The Sun Will Lead Us

   On December 5, 1974, English prog rockers Yes released Relayer in the US, their seventh album and the only one with Swiss keyboardist Patrick Moraz who replaced the departed Rick Wakeman. What's most striking to me about this underrated album  is that drummer Alan White has enough confidence in himself and his position in the band that he's perfectly willing to knock over a huge rack of car parts right in the middle off the side-long "Gates of Delirium", creating a loud crash that could have ruined the take. Then, on Side Two, his drumming at the beginning of the crazed "Sound Chaser" is nothing short of remarkable. That's true for all the artists of course.
   Relayer hit #4 in the UK and #5 in the US. In 1975, the members of Yes would release solo albums before reuniting in Montreux to record Going for the One.

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