Learning about new tunes Part 5

Any recollection of my introduction to progressive rock and jazz-fusion (progressive rock first) would not be complete without the first Yes album I ever heard.

Cover of "Fragile"

Cover of Fragile

It was “Fragile.”  And it rocked my world.

I’m not going to say much about the music.  The songs speak for themselves.  They’re … transformational.

I’ll say a little about the musicians: Jon Anderson … soaring, majestic vocals and songwriting with at times head-scratching yet often times very spiritual lyrics; Steve Howe … simply one of the greatest guitar players alive today; Chris Squire … some of the crunchiest and rock-steadiest bass lines around, and gorgeous harmony on backing vocals; Rick Wakeman … a master on the keys; and Bill Bruford … one of my all-time heroes on the drums.

Oh, and let’s not forget the other-worldly artwork of Roger Dean.  It was almost like he was a member of the band himself.

This is Yes, and they’ve been going since the late 1960s on through to today in some form or fashion.  From 1972, this is “Fragile.”

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Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that puts us back into the "middle class." I won't stop blogging, though. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at https://viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com/ and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at http://thecrossovermusicchannel.blogspot.com/ that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/daddysangbassdude2 for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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6 Responses to Learning about new tunes Part 5

  1. walt says:

    John, my introduction to Yes was The Yes Album,which i first heared at college,circa 1972.It blew me away,and it’s still my favorite Yes rekkid.

    I’m no authority on Yes,by no stretch of the imagination,i only have two Yes cds,TYA and Fragile,and even back in my vinyl days, i had,maybe, 4 Yes LPs.I never much cared for Wakeman’s playing except on mellotron.

    I’ll give Fragile another listen today,in honor of this blog.(and you).

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