My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Fragile was recorded in September of 1971 and released just nine months after The Yes Album. Side one consists of tracks written by the whole band and the second side contains songs written by individual members. The big change on this album is the addition of Rick Wakeman on keyboards who replaced Tony Kaye after he refused to play anything but a Hammond Organ.
What I think:
Well, what a bust this album is! The change of keyboard players totally changed what I really liked on The Yes Album. Gone are the great vocal parts and anything other than the standard prog rock fare. You get overly elaborate keyboard parts blasted over the whole album, the same proggy bass part for the duration and plenty of lyrics taken from the Fantasy and Sci-Fi relms.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do not agree that this should be here. It’s the sound of a decent band being ruined.
Rating (Out of 5): 1
Fragile Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (179/227)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%