Yes – Relayer 1974 Prog Rock (vinyl)
Yes – Relayer 1974 Prog Rock
Label & Ser # ~ Atlantic – SD 18122 gatefold
Format 1 -disc, 3 tracks, Black Vinyl, 12-inch , 33rpm, LP.
Year of release ~ 1974
Country Manufactured ~Canada
Sleeve Condition (Out of 10) ~ 9slight wear / with inner sleeve
Label Condition (Out of 10) ~ 10
Vinyl Condition ~ (Out of 10)
Side 1 - 10
side 2 - 10
in excellent condition
Relayer is the seventh studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, released in November 1974 onAtlantic Records. It is their only studio album recorded with keyboardist Patrick Moraz in the band's line-up; he joined in August that year after Rick Wakeman left over differences regarding Tales from Topographic Oceans(1973) to pursue his solo career.
Following Wakeman's decision to leave the band, the remaining members proceeded to work on new material forRelayer. The group wrote and rehearsed new songs and proceeded to record in Squire's home in Virginia Water,Surrey. The album saw Yes experiment with elements of funk and jazz fusion.
Upon release, Relayer helped continue the band's success in the mid-1970s, peaking at number 4 in the UK and number 5 in the U.S. The closing section of "The Gates of Delirium," titled "Soon," was released as a single in January 1975. The album is certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In May 1974, after the Tales from Topographic Oceans tour in support of their ambitious double album Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973) ended, keyboardist Rick Wakeman decided to leave Yes as he could not understand its concept and disagreed with the musical direction the band took. The band's line-up during this time included singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, and drummer Alan White.
While the band started writing and rehearsing for Relayer, several keyboardists were auditioned including Greek musician Vangelis. As Phil Carson of Atlantic Records later explained, "He came to London and tried out Yes but it didn't really gel ... Vangelis wouldn't get on a plane and wouldn't fly anywhere and Yes were about to go on tour." At the suggestion of music journalist and author Chris Welch, the band invited Swiss-born Patrick Moraz of Refugee to a try out session at Squire's home in August 1974. Moraz used Vangelis's keyboards for his first session. The band liked what he did, and Moraz subsequently joined full time.