Sunday 5/17/20 11pm ET: Feature LP: Yes – Fragile (1971)

Fragile is the fourth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released in November 1971 by Atlantic Records. It was the band’s first album to feature keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who replaced founder member Tony Kaye after the group had finished touring their breakthrough record, The Yes Album.

The band entered rehearsals in London in August 1971, but Kaye’s reluctance to play electronic keyboards led to his departure from the group. He was quickly replaced by Wakeman, whose experience with the electric piano, organ, Mellotron, and Minimoog synthesizer expanded the band’s sound. Due to budget and time constraints, four tracks on the album are group compositions; the remaining five are solo pieces written by each band member. The opening track, “Roundabout”, became a popular and iconic song. The artwork for the album was the band’s first to be designed by Roger Dean, who would design many of their future covers and stage sets.

Fragile received a positive reception upon its release, and was a commercial success, reaching No. 4 on the US Billboard Top LPs chart and No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart. An edited version of “Roundabout” was released as a single in the US in January 1972, which reached No. 13. Fragile has since been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over two million copies in the US. It has been remastered several times since its release, some containing previously unreleased tracks.

1. “Roundabout” 8:28
2. “Cans and Brahms” 1:35
3. “We Have Heaven” 1:29
4. “South Side of the Sky” 7:52

1. “Five Per Cent for Nothing” 0:33
2. “Long Distance Runaround” 3:29
3. “The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)” 2:36
4. “Mood for a Day” 2:56
5. “Heart of the Sunrise” 11:27

6. “America”  10:33
7. “Roundabout” (Early Rough Mix) 8:35

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