Relayer is perhaps one of Yes' most underrated works. However, it is considered a masterpiece to many a true Yes fan.
The album is unique in that it was the only recording to feature keyboard player Patrick Moraz (This is perhaps the reason the album was not a successful as it could have been. In this writer's opinion, it is due to the fact that Moraz was not given enough time to establish a Yes fan base.) However, it did include 80% of what many call "The Classic Lineup" of Anderson, Squire, Howe & White (and Wakeman, who was replaced by Moraz for this record).
Musically, Relayer spawned the longest and most progressive of all Yes songs, The Gates Of Delirium. A 22 minute (over 23 minutes live!) masterpiece, it is heavily influenced by Moraz' jazz background, with perhaps the most "risky" fusion, of Prog/Jazz rock! Even Steve Howe seemed to be influenced by Moraz, playing some jazz inspired licks himself.
Bonus Tracks (2003 Re-Issue)Edit
- Soon (Single Version) (4:18)
- Sound Chaser (Single Version) (3:13)
- The Gates Of Delirium (Studio Run-Through) (21:16)