Fragile

Label
Elektra
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
61:43

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Roundabout 8:30 218,370
2 Cans and Brahms 1:42 46,242
3 We Have Heaven 1:39 66,836
4 South Side of the Sky 9:32 81,396
5 Five Per Cent for Nothing 0:37 53,499
6 Long Distance Runaround 3:46 111,065
7 The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) 2:39 62,771
8 Mood for a Day 3:02 129,246
9 Heart of the Sunrise 11:14 113,743
10 America 10:28 37,774
11 Roundabout (early rough mix) 8:34 6,725

About this album

Fragile is the fourth album by British band Yes, After “Yes”, “Time and a Word” and “The Yes Album”. It is best known 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. This was Rick Wakeman’s first album with Yes and also their 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. “Cans and Brahms” is a piece by Johannes Brahms, consisting of extracts from the third movement of Brahms’ 4th Symphony in E minor, 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.

Work on the material began while Tony Kaye was still in the band. In a 2006 interview, he said, “I did rehearse Fragile before I left. I left in the middle.” Kaye left the band and Wakeman was recruited.

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