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Relayer > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 18122
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1974-11
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Following Rick Wakeman's abrupt departure, Yes set out to find a replacement for him. Short-listed was Nick Glennie-Smith (Wally), Jean Roussel (Cat Stevens) and Greek keyboard wizard Vangelis, but the band accepted Swiss-born Patrick Moraz instead. The classically-trained Moraz had been in Mainhorse in the early 70s; and more recently, played in Refugee. The band retired to bassist Chris Squire's home, where he had recently finished building a recording studio. The result, in some ways, was Yes' most un-Yes like recording to date.

Tales From Topographic Oceans > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 2-908
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1973-12
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Tales From Topographic Oceans has the dubious distinction of being either the mother lode or motherf&#ker of all prog rock albums. The initial idea for the grandiose album came to Jon Anderson from a footnote regarding Shastric scriptures in Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi. Evidently, this was the grand concept he'd been searching for (imagine that!), and it allowed his lyrics to blossom into full-blown biblical verse. Together with Steve Howe, they put most of the initial musical ideas down during the same tours of 1973 that generated the triple-album Yessongs.

Yessongs > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 3-100
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1973-05

Close To The Edge > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 7244
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1972-09
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
If both prior Yes albums had any shortcomings (and they had very few), it was due to growing pains. The Yes Album brought out the extended, epic composition, but suffered, perhaps, in execution. Fragile was well-executed, but only contained a half-hour of music—solo tracks notwithstanding. However, by the time their next album was recorded, the band had remained stable for almost a year. In the interim, Yes issued a massive arrangement of Paul Simon's "America" (similar to that of the pre-Clouds band, 1-2-3).

Time And A Word > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 8273
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-07
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Yes' second album didn't break much new ground for the band, but it did confirm what most already knew: that they were a force to be reckoned with. In the studio, Eddie Offord sat, fortuitously, at the engineer's desk for the first time with the band. Yet Time And A Word wouldn't be the quantum leap Yes needed to propel them into the big league. In fact, the only leap here was Tony Cox's orchestral arrangements, a rather de rigueur post-psychedelic ornamentation of the day.

Yes > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 8243
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1969-07
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
The Yes story begins in 1966 with a band called The Syn. Bassist Chris Squire and guitarist Peter Banks spent two years with that band, progressing along the way from R&B covers to psychedelia, establishing a residency at the Marquee Club and cutting two singles for Deram. Ultimately, success wasn't in the cards for The Syn, but Squire and Banks reunited later in Mabel Greer's Toyshop. Vocalist Jon Anderson was persuaded to join; but upon recruiting drummer Bill Bruford and organist Tony Kaye (born Anthony John Selvidge), they changed their name to Yes.

The Swedish Radio Sessions > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Castle Music
Catalog#: CMRCD349
Format: CD
Country: United States
Released: 2001

Here Come The Nice - The Immediate Anthology > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Castle Music
Catalog#: CMETD 055
Format: CD
Country: United States
Released: 2000

Autumn To Spring > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Charisma
Catalog#: CAS 1
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1973

Quadrophenia > Who, The

Artist: Who
Label: MCA Records
Catalog#: MCA2-10004
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1973-10