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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Yes, “South Side of the Sky” from Fragile (1971): YESterdays



After two solo based songs, Yes returns in full force on 1971’s Fragile with “South Side of the Sky.” The song, solely composed by Jon Anderson, confounds the progressive rock listener initially in that there are seemingly not many progressive elements.
Anderson is unusually direct in his story telling with this tale of mountain climbing. The protagonist is hurled in a wet and cold world where he must forge ahead or die. His story effectively works in the context of record making an well as the journey in life. The lyrics are compact, forceful and extremely effective in many contexts. Jon Anderson also delivers one of his best rock vocals. He enunciates and growls his vocals with a power and precision which belies the tenderness of “We Have Heaven,” the prior song.

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