Type: Studio Album
Released: November 26th, 1971 (UK), January 4th, 1972 (US)
Recorded: September 1971
Length: 41:11 (Original), 60:20 (2003 Re-release)
Label: Atlantic Records
Producer: Yes & Eddie Offord
Fragile is best know for the song "Roundabout", which was released in an edited version as a U.S. single and became one of the band's best-known songs, along with "I've Seen All Good People" from The Yes Album. This was Rick Wakeman's first album with Yes - and also its first trans-atlantic Top 10 release.
Fragile was issued in the UK in November 1971, but was held back in North America for two months because of the still-growing momentum of The Yes Album.
Unlike Yes' previous releases, this album showcased the band members' solo talents. This was to cut down on recording time, as the album had to be recorded and released hastily because the band needed money to pay for Wakeman's keyboard equipment, thus explaining why this is one of the few albums where all songs are over one minute away from the mean time. "Cans and Brahms" is a piece by Johannes Brahms arranged by Rick Wakeman; "We Have Heaven" is a Jon Anderson solo in which he sings all the vocal parts (a technique he later used on his solo album Olias of Sunhillow); while "Five Per Cent For Nothing", "The Fish" and "Mood For A Day" are solo pieces by Bill Bruford, Chris Squire and Steve Howe, respectively. The remaining songs are all group performances.
Track Listing Edit
- Roundabout (8:33)
- Cans And Brahms (1:38)
- We Have Heaven (1:40)
- South Side Of The Sky (7:58)
- Five Per Cent For Nothing (0:35)
- Long Distance Runaround (3:30)
- The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) (2:39)
- Mood For A Day (3:00)
- *Heart Of The Sunrise (11:27)
* - Includes hidden reprise of "We Have Heaven" at the end