Released 26 November 1971 (UK)
4 January 1972 (U.S.)
Recorded September 1971 at Advision Studios, London
Genre (s) Progressive Rock
Length 41:11 (original release)
60:20 (2003 release)
Label (s) Atlantic
Producer Yes
Eddie Offord
The Yes Album
Close to the Edge
Prog Archives

Fragile is the fourth album by Yes


This is Yes's first album to feature Rick Wakeman on keyboards after Tony Kaye's departure due to problems with Howe and the other musicians, and the first featuring the covert art by Roger Dean. It is also the first album performed by the "classic" line-up of the band. All the pieces on Fragile are part of the band's classic repertoire, especially "Roundabout", one of their most appreciated songs, and are often performed live on tour; in addition to the band's songs, Fragile contains five short compositions for every member, but two of them are played only by their composers: "Cans and Brahms" by Wakeman and "Mood for a Day" by Howe.

Tracks and ComposersEdit

  • 1. Roundabout (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe) - 8:33
  • 2. Cans And Brahms (Johannes Brahms, arr. Rick Wakeman)- 1:38
  • 3. We Have Heaven (Jon Anderson) - 1:40
  • 4. South Side Of The Sky (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire) - 7:58
  • 5. Five Per Cent For Nothing (Bill Bruford) - 0:35
  • 6. Long Distance Runaround (Jon Anderson) - 3:30
  • 7. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) (Chris Squire) - 2:39
  • 8. Mood For A Day (Steve Howe) - 3:00
  • 9. Heart Of The Sunrise (Jon Anderson/Chris Squire/Bill Bruford) - 11:27

2003 Reissue's Bonus Tracks