Today is the 50th anniversary of Fragile, Yes’ fourth album. Some of the most bad-arsed songs in the whole Yes catalog are on this album. This includes my favorite Yes tune, “Roundabout.” That bass line is amazing, but Chris Squire was NOT a clean player, and that’s okay. He had a distorted tone and was kind of free in his playing. Not sloppy, really, but “free.” If you’re not familiar with the album, I really, highly, recommend that you give it a listen but especially give the first tune, “Roundabout” a listen. What I’m posting here is the isolated bass part from Chris Squire. There will be long periods of silence, so don’t think the video has stopped or something’s wrong. That’s the way the song is. Those silent spaces are filled with atmospheric goodness on the record. So, enjoy!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“In and around the lake, mountains come out of the sky and they stand there. One mile over we’ll be there and we’ll see you. Ten true summers we’ll be there and laughing too. Twenty-four before my love you’ll see, I’ll be there with you.” – “Roundabout” (Howe/Anderson)