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Fragile is the fourth studio album by Yes, released in November 1971 by Atlantic Records (but held back in North America for two months because of the still-growing momentum of The Yes Album). It is best known for the song "Roundabout", also released in an edited version as a U.S. single, becoming 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.

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 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

  1. "Roundabout" (8:33)
  2. "Cans And Brahms" (1:38)
  3. "We Have Heaven" (1:40)
  4. "South Side Of The Sky" (7:58)
  5. "Five Per Cent For Nothing" (0:35)
  6. "Long Distance Runaround" (3:30)
  7. "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)" (2:39)
  8. "Mood For A Day" (3:00)
  9. "Heart Of The Sunrise" (11:27) *

* - Includes "We Have Heaven" hidden reprise at the end

Bonus Tracks (2003 Re-Issue) Edit

  1. "America" (10:33)
  2. "Roundabout" (Early Rough Mix) (8:35)

2015 Reissue Additional TracksEdit

Omitting the bonus tracks from the 2003 reissue, this release adds the following to disc 1:

  1. "Roundabout (Rehearsal Take, Early Mix)" (8:09)
  2. "We Have Heaven (Full Version, Steven Wilson Mix)" (2:22)
  3. South Side of the Sky (Early Version, Steven Wilson Mix)" (5:12)
  4. "All Fighters Past (Steven Wilson Mix)" (2:32)
  5. "Mood for Another Day (Previously Unreleased Take)" (3:04)
  6. "We Have Heaven (Acapella, Steven Wilson Mix)" (2:01)

Definitive Edition Blu-Ray DiscEdit

The 2015 Definitive Edition contains Blu-Ray disc including all of the above material (except the 2003 bonus tracks) and the following:

  • 2015 Stereo Mixes (LPCM Stereo 24/96)
  • 2015 5.1 Surround Mixes (24/96 LPCM & DTS-HD MA)
  • Original Stereo Mixes (LPCM Stereo 24/192, Flat Transfer)
  • Additional Tracks (LPCM Stereo 24/96)
  • Blu-Ray Exclusive (LPCM Stereo 24/96)

This exclusive tracks section contains:

  1. "Roundabout (Early Rough Mix From Fragile 2003)" (8:36)
  2. "South Side of the Sky (Early Take)" (6:22)
  3. "Roundabout (Heaphones Mix for Vox Overdubs)" (8:33)
  • 2015 Stereo Instrumental Mixes (LPCM Stereo 24/96)
  • Original 5.1 Mix (From Rhino DVD-A Release, LPCM & DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround 24/96, LPCM Stereo 24/96)
  • Needle-Drop (A1/B1 UK Vinyl Transfer, LPCM Stereo 24/96)

Musicians Edit

Yes
Members Current: Steve Howe · Alan White · Geoff Downes · Billy Sherwood · Jon Davison
Former: Chris Squire · Jon Anderson · Peter Banks · Bill Bruford · Tony Kaye · Rick Wakeman · Patrick Moraz · Trevor Horn · Trevor Rabin · Igor Khoroshev · Benoit David · Oliver Wakeman
Studio albums Yes · Time And A Word · The Yes Album · Fragile · Close To The Edge · Tales From Topographic Oceans · Relayer · Going For The One · Tormato · Drama · 90125 · Big Generator · Union · Talk · Keys To Ascension · Keys To Ascension 2 · Open Your Eyes · The Ladder · Magnification · Fly From Here · Heaven & Earth
Live albums Yessongs · Yesshows · 9012Live: The Solos · Keys To Ascension · Keys To Ascension 2 · House Of Yes: Live From House Of Blues · Symphonic Live · Live At Montreux 2003 · Union Live · In the Present – Live from Lyon · Songs from Tsongas · Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome · Like It Is: Yes at the Mesa Arts Center · Topographic Drama – Live Across America · Yes 50 Live · The Royal Affair Tour – Live From Las Vegas
Compilations Yesterdays · 2 Originals Of Yes · Classic Yes · Yesstory · Affirmative: The Yes Solo Family Album · Highlights: The Very Best Of Yes · Symphonic Music Of Yes · Yes Active · Tales From Yesterday · Something's Coming: The BBC Recordings 1969-1970 · Keys To Ascension Volumes 1 And 2 · Yes, Friends And Relatives · Astral Traveller · Yes, Friends And Relatives Vol. 2 · The Masterworks · The Best Of Yes · Sweet Dreams · Keystudio · Yes-Today · Roundabout: The Best Of Yes Live · The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection · YesFamily - Owner Of A Lonely Heart · Topography · The Solid Gold Collection · The Definitive Rock Collection · Greatest Hits Live · Roundabout & Other Hits · Introducing Yes · Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes · Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes (reissue)
Box sets Yesyears · In A Word: Yes (1969 - ) · The Word Is Live · Essentially Yes · Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two · High Vibration · The Studio Albums 1969–1987
Remixes Twelve Inches On Tape · Yes Remixes
Promos and Rarities Yessolos · ABWH Sampler · Eight Cuts From Yesyears · Symphonic Music Of Yes Promo CD
EPs Yours Is No Disgrace · Roundabout · Owner Of A Lonely Heart · From a Page
Singles "Sweetness" · "Looking Around" · "Time and a Word" · "Sweet Dreams" · "Your Move" · "Roundabout" · "America" · "And You and I" · "Roundabout (Live)" · "Soon" · "Wonderous Stories" · "Going for the One" · "Don't Kill the Whale" · "Release, Release" · "Into the Lens" · "Owner of a Lonely Heart" · "Leave It" · "It Can Happen" · "Rhythm of Love" · "Love Will Find a Way" · "Lift Me Up" · "Saving My Heart" · "I Would Have Waited Forever" · "Make It Easy" · "The Calling" · "Walls" · "Open Your Eyes" · "Lightning Strikes" · "We Can Fly"
Videos and DVDs Yessongs · 9012 Live · Live At Q.P.R. 1975 Vol. 1 · Live At Q.P.R. 1975 Vol. 2 · Yesyears - A Retrospective · Keys To Ascension · Musikladen Live - Yes · House Of Yes: Live From House Of Blues · Symphonic Live · Live In Philadelphia · Fragile · YesSpeak · Greatest Video Hits · EP · Yes Acoustic · The Extraordinary World Of Yes · Inside Yes: 1968-1973 · 35th Anniversary Edition: YesSpeak/Yes Acoustic · Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert · Live At Montreux 2003 · Classic Artists: Yes · Yesspeak Live: The Director's Cut · The Lost Broadcasts · Rock of the 70's · Union Live · In the Present – Live from Lyon · Live Hemel Hempstead Pavilion October 3rd 1971 · Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome · Like It Is: Yes at the Mesa Arts Center
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