Relayer is the seventh studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, released in 1974 on Atlantic Records. It is the only Yes studio album to feature Patrick Moraz, who replaced keyboardist Rick Wakeman earlier in the year. Relayer reached #4 in the UK (remaining 8 weeks in the Top 40) and #5 in the US (remaining 16 weeks in the Top 200).
Relayer has the same song format as 1972′s Close to the Edge—a long epic on the first side, and two nine-minute pieces on the second—but employs a radically different musical style. “The Gates of Delirium” is a dense, 22-minute piece that was inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. It features lyrics about the futility of war and a lengthy instrumental middle section portraying ‘battle’ with galloping rhythms, martial melodies, dissonant harmonies, and clashing sound effects. The final section, in which the drive of the previous sixteen minutes is replaced by a gentle melody and a lyrical prayer for peace, was released as a U.S. single under the title “Soon” in early 1975. “Sound Chaser” is a mostly instrumental piece that echoes the then-popular jazz fusion of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return To Forever. “To Be Over” features complex, melodic arrangements of guitar and electric sitar (at one point quoting a theme from Tales from Topographic Oceans), and relatively straightforward lyrics.
All songs written by Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White and Patrick Moraz except where noted.
1. “The Gates of Delirium”
I.”Prelude” (0:00 – 8:04)
II.”Battle” (8:04 – 16:08)
III.”Soon” (16:08 – 21:50)”
2. “Sound Chaser” 9:26
3. “To Be Over” 9:06
Bonus tracks (2003 re-issue)
4. “Soon (Single version)” (Jon Anderson) 4:18
5. “Sound Chaser (Single version)” 3:13
6. “The Gates of Delirium (Studio run-through)” 21:16
Jon Anderson – lead vocals
Steve Howe – acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
Patrick Moraz – keyboards
Chris Squire – bass guitar and vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
1988 –Atlantic – CD
1994 – Atlantic – CD (Remastered )
1998 – JPN limited edition (LP-style sleeve)
2003 – Rhino – CD (Remastered with Bonus Tracks )