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Yes singles part 4 – Fragile – 317

Fragile produced just one single – Roundabout

Produced by Robert Nasir, Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier.

Fragile elevated the band further than ever before. Rick Wakeman joined and Roger Dean provided the iconic artwork. The single was Roundabout – perhaps ‘the’ classic song. We also have a 2 pence about ARW’s plans for a huge 50th Anniversary concert…

  • How does the edited version of Roundabout work?
  • What does Rick Wakeman add?
  • No UK single?

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Robert Nasir | Jeffrey Crecelius | Preston Frazier | Bill Govier | Wayne Hall |

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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and

12 replies on “Yes singles part 4 – Fragile – 317”

For once I’m the first to comment, though I’ve not yet listened to this episode!

The first Yes record I ever bought was an EP (7″ 33rpm) of Roundabout / And You and I.
I couldn’t at that point afford to drop a month’s pocket money on an album but a week’s was ok. It would have been sometime between CttE and TFTO. The songs were I think complete versions rather than edits.

I wish I still had it for posterity but I gave it away when eventually I had both songs on their respective LPs.

I’m sure I’ll love this podcast when I listen to it on monday 🙂

I think what really made Roundabout the thing it is is that it just completely did not sound like anything else that was happening musically at the time. Once the song actually gets going, the main instrument that instantly grabs your attention is… the bass guitar?!? And Steve Howe just strumming some chords alongside. Truly original.

Much discussion about ARW and Yes music and what that might possibly sound like with chorus and maybe an orchestra…

Gentlemen, if I may direct your attention over here:

I agree Joseph about the bass, then there’s the organ. Is this the best organ work Rick ever did with Yes. On a par with Tony Banks with Genesis.

Jeremy – Thanks, as always, for your opinion of my opinions. I think it might be Rick’s “most signature” solo (if there is such a thing!); alongside Close To The Edge, of course. I know you’re not a big fan of Going For The One (sorry – I LIKE all the reverb, it makes that album that album) – but I do love the church organ work on ‘Awaken.’ Despite all the times it’s been done live, Rick – and Igor, and Oliver, and Geoff, and Tom, for that matter – have never quite surpassed the original studio version.

Awaken and Close to the Edge are right up there for me too but they were with pipe organ. I was referring to his Hammond.
Speaking of pipe organ, I’m currently listening to all of my Bach Organ music LPs! Three and a half in the bag, with one side to go.

Great Singles episode on Roundabout.
Check out the live version on Live at The House of Blues. It does not include the famous intro, but does include the “Yes is at the House of Blues” walkoff. A fascinating two guitar version.

That “Yes is in the house of blues” part reminds me of the road songs they used to do where they’d sing a brief song about the city where they were playing!

And let me say for the record (ha!) that I love Roundabout and I could never tire of hearing it–even at every concert they play. And, please, the full version! Don’t leave out the middle 8! 🙂

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