Fragile – Yes – 1971



Fragile is the fourth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released in November 1971 by Atlantic Records. It is considered one of the band’s best and most influential albums, featuring a blend of symphonic, folk, and hard rock elements. The album marked the arrival of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who replaced Tony Kaye in the line-up, and contributed to the band’s expanded sound and musical diversity. Fragile also showcased the individual talents of each member, with each song being written by a different member or a combination of members. The album contains some of the band’s most well-known songs, such as “Roundabout”, “Long Distance Runaround”, and “Heart of the Sunrise”, as well as the epic instrumental piece “The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)”, which showcases bassist Chris Squire’s virtuosity. Fragile was a critical and commercial success, reaching number 4 on the US Billboard 200 chart and number 7 on the UK Albums Chart. It has been certified double platinum by the RIAA for selling over two million copies in the US. The album is widely regarded as a landmark in the history of progressive rock music, and has influenced many artists in various genres.

Fragile is a must-have album for any fan of progressive rock music. It is a classic album that showcases Yes’s incredible talent and versatility. It is also a great introduction to the genre for new listeners.



  • Jon Anderson – lead vocals, acoustic guitar on “Roundabout”, percussion on “We Have Heaven”
  • Chris Squire – bass guitar, backing vocals, piano on “The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)”, co-lead vocals on “Long Distance Runaround”
  • Steve Howe – electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals, Portuguese guitar on “Roundabout”, co-lead vocals on “Long Distance Runaround”
  • Rick Wakeman – Hammond organ, piano, Mellotron, Moog synthesizer, RMI Electra piano
  • Bill Bruford – drums, percussion

Source: Fragile (Yes album) – Wikipedia

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