Fragile - Beyond

(CD 2021, 50:31, Force Ten Productions)

The tracks:
  1- Beyond(21:56)
         - a. Sent Through The Morning
         - b. Sharkflight
         - c. Dawn
         - d. The Other Side
         - e. Flight
  2- Yours And Mine(14:26)
         - a. Like There's No Tomorrow
         - b. Diorama
  3- The Golden Ring Of Time(14:09)

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Fragile are the original European Yes tribute project and have toured the UK and Europe in various line-ups for the past 20 years. This included live dates/tours with Steve Howe in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and appearances with Alan White and Rick Wakeman. Following 20 years of performing Yes music, the band are no longer performing on stage but now write/record original Yes inspired music. The line-up features Claire Hamill (lead vocals), Oliver Day (guitars), Russ Wilson (drums and percussion) and Max Hunt (keyboards, bass, guitars, percussion and vocals).

Well, what to expect from a Yes tribute band that wants to write own compositions, after 20 years? Indeed, Yes soaked songs. From the first to the very last second it's obvious that this band sounds like Yes, and adores Yes, especially the 1970-1973 era. Claire Hammill her crystal clear high- pitched voice has echoes from Jon Anderson, this contributes even more to a strong Yes feel. The long compositions (between 14 and 22 minutes) deliver melodic and harmonic symphonic rock, featuring lots of flowing shifting moods, embellished with Hammond, Minimoog, Mellotron and powerful guitar leads. Beyond is more bombastic with lots of vintage keyboards and fiery guitar work. Yours And Mine contains a dreamy part with steel guitar, followed by wonderful work on acoustic guitar and Grand piano. And the final track The Golden Ring Of Time starts with a dynamic mid-tempo (featuring strong interplay between Hammond and electric guitar) and ends dreamy with tender piano, blended with the beautiful voice of Claire Hammill.

A pleasant musical experience for fans of early Yes and Old School symphonic rock, no more or less.

*** Erik Neuteboom (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)

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