Relayer

Title Relayer
Artist Yes
Released
Type Studio

Track list

  1. The Gates of Delirium 21:55
  2. Sound Chaser 9:25
  3. To Be Over 9:08

Credits

About the album

Relayer is the seventh studio album by Yes, and was released in 1974. It is the only Yes album to feature Patrick Moraz, who replaced Rick Wakeman earlier in the same year.

The album peaked at #4 in the UK charts, spending eight weeks in the Top 40, and reached #5 in the US, spending sixteen weeks in the Top 200.

Following Tales from Topographic Oceans, and Wakeman’s departure, the band began auditioning for a replacement keyboardist. The best contender was Vangelis, who ultimately did not become a member of the band, but did go on to form Jon & Vangelis with Jon Anderson. Yes finally chose Swiss keyboardist, Patrick Moraz, formerly of Refugee and Mainhorse.

Moraz brought a very different sound to Yes, and made use of synthesizers that are not found on any other album by the band. This resulted in both a heavier and more jazz-like sound, with additional odd percussion and effects creating the dense sound of The Gates of Delirium.

Relayer has a similar format to Close to the Edge, in that it comprises a long epic on one side of the album, and two shorter songs on the other, but it is radically different in musical style. The Gates of Delirium is a heavy track, 22 minutes long, and was inspired by Tolstoy’s War and Peace. It has lyrics about the pointlessness of war, and a middle section portraying a battle sequence of dense rhythm and clashing sounds. The end of the song, 16 minutes in, is in contrast a gentle melody and a prayer for peace. The remaining two songs have a jazz-like feel and are totally different from Gates.

The album cover for Relayer is again a painting by Roger Dean, featuring two large snakes on a barren grey landscape, with mounted archers riding into battle in the background. This was the last Yes album to feature artwork by Roger Dean until 1980.

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