Yes “Roundabout (Remastered Version)” from Fragile (Deluxe Edition) - 2008
➢Released: 1971 (Originally)
➢Genre: Progressive Rock
➢Origin: London, England
➢Years Active: 1968-1981, 1983-present (hiatus 2004-2008)
➢Past Members: Jon Anderson (lead singer), Chris Squire (bassist), Peter Banks (guitarist), Tony Kaye (keyboardist), Bill Bruford (drummer)
➢Current Members: Jon Davison (lead singer), Billy Sherwood (bassist), Steve Howe (guitarist), Geoff Downes (keyboardist), Alan White (drummer)
○When Yes started back in 1968, they had performed original tracks and rearranged covers of pop, rock, jazz, and blues songs.
○In 1970, they changed a sense of direction, which led to a series of very successful albums in the progressive rock genre, such as The Yes Album, Fragile, and Close to the Edge.
○The success of the original Roundabout cemented their popularity for many decades.
○In 2012, the remastered version of the song was later included as one of the ending themes for the anime adaptation of the famous manga series called JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
➢Quote: “I know when I started I would’ve been happy to sound like the Beatles or Joe Tax or whoever. You want sound like most bands, you want to sound like their records and that’s how you learn your chops.” - Jon Anderson
➢I like this song because of how fitting it’s used in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and also because of how incredible this song is. In my opinion, it shows how cool progressive rock can be with a definitive sound.
The reason I chose this song is because I feel like most people nowadays don’t quite recognize Yes as much, despite being one of the most influential progressive rock bands of all time.