The Gates of Delirium (23:30)

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From Relayer and 17 other releases

The Gates of Delirium is the first track on Yes’s 1974 album, Relayer. At almost 22 minutes, it takes up the entire first side of the LP. Before the re-issue of Tales from Topographic Oceans or In a Word: Yes (1969 - ), this was the longest officially released studio recording by the band. A 22min 40sec live version of the track recorded at Cobo Hall, Detroit on 17 August, 1976 appears on the live album Yesshows. Loosely based on Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the song begins with a prelude, which leads into a lengthy instrumental section (beginning at about the 8 minute mark) representing the battle. The final section (entitled Soon) represents the aftermath of the battle, and was released as a single in 1975.
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A loud crashing sound heard in the middle of the song is caused by a set of old automobile parts mounted on a rack being pushed over. The band decided to keep it in instead of doing another take. Alan White explains in the liner notes of the 2003 remaster of the album.
“The percussion on that song is pretty unusual,” he says. “Jon and I used to travel together to Chris’ home studio, where we recorded the album. We would stop at a junkyard along the way and pick up parts of cars. We’d just go there and bang on things. There were springs and pieces of metal, brake, and clutch plates. We’d buy them and bring them back to the studio. We built a rack and hung all these things off it, and we’d bang on them. During the recording I pushed the whole thing over. That crash is what you hear on the album.”
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Stand and fight, we do consider
Reminded of an inner pact between us
That's seen as we go and ride there in motion
To fields secrets of honor, defending

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  • MisterJunior

    Runs neck and neck with "Close to the Edge" for the title of ultimate Yes track, IMO. I'm actually even tempted to give this one the slight advantage since it so brilliantly depicts the prelude to and events and aftermath of a battle. You'd have to dig into the realms of Baroque/Classical/Romantic music to find another piece of music that so vividly portrays action.

    15 Jul 1:17am Reply
  • IgIanBarrett

    Пожалуй, это самая потрясающая композиция композиция Yes. То что начинается с 13:43 не передать словами.

    25 May 1:09pm Reply
  • Philbitar

    Soon....................Divine !!!

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • grandfunk49


    10 Mar 2014 Reply
  • b52ohlol


    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • b52ohlol

    this stills my soul ready to take flight... ah, they create worlds I can barely dream of

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jezmeyer

    one of the greatest songs ever produced

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Obzedat

    Jon's voice is so delightful.

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • gescholle

    Yes forever!

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    live version here-not on par with the studio version but an outstanding concert treatment--would love to have SEEN this done live--bet there were no complaints.

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • telmiguai

    Stand and fight, we do consider...

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • sergeyisu

    20 лет слушаю это. Это прекрасно и не надоедает, так же как и Kashmir от Led Zeppelin. Великая песня. Тем более написанная, на основе произведения моего соотечественника Льва Толстого. Long Live Yes!!!

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Ezekiel22


    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • dewfish

    nice song.

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • pteronophobic

    This version lacks all the intensity of the original Reiayer version. The original is one of the greatest Prog tracks ever.

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
  • willmotajr

    Uma das coisas mais lindas que já ouvi.,

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • IntruderIAm

    I've probably heard this song 1,000 times in the last 13 years, could never get enough of it

    30 Jul 2012 Reply
  • yush90112

    My favorite Yes song

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • bossmark1

    This is Groovy

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • TheMcEneaney

    My pop-loving ways want me to say/think otherwise, but this is the greatest song ever recorded, sorry "Close to the Edge".

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
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