Prior to recording Relayer, Yes auditioned eight keyboardists to replace Rick Wakeman (including composer Vangelis, a frequent collaborator with Jon Anderson). They finally settled on Patrick Moraz, who was previously a member of Refugee (a prog rock band that only recorded one album). The album reached #4 in the UK and #5 in the US. This would become Moraz’s only studio album with Yes, although he did record 3 live albums with them. The album was produced by Eddie Offord.
Jon Anderson: vocals, acoustic guitar, piccolo, percussion
Steve Howe: acoustic and electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, electric sitar, backing vocals
Chris Squire: bass guitar, backing vocals
Patrick Moraz: piano, electric piano, Hammond organ, Minimoog, mellotron
Alan White: drums, percussion
- “The Gates of Delirium”: This suite was inspired by Tolstoy’s War and Peace. The final part of the suite, “Soon”, was released as a single. I love the rise and fall of this song. White’s drumming is excellent in the While each part was recorded separately, it still feels cohesive. The finale is my favorite part of the song, with quiet ripples from Howe.
- “Sound Chaser”: This song brings in Moraz’s jazz and fusion influences, creating a song that feels very chaotic. He and Howe work well together.
- “To Be Over”: The final track has wonderful improvisation from Moraz.
Final Verdict: This is another classic, with some great input from Moraz. It feels chaotic at times, but it all works.