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.
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.”