Sunday, November 8, 2015

Yes - Heart of the Sunrise

Sunday, time for a classic.

"Heart of the Sunrise" is a progressive rock song by British band YES. It is the closing track on their fourth album, 1971's "Fragile". The compositional credits go to Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, and Chris Squire, though keyboardist Rick Wakeman contributed some uncredited sections.

The song eventually rose to become the band's fourth most-played song, and appears on Yessongs, Classic Yes, In a Word: Yes (1969 - ), and many other studio and live retrospectives.

According to Anderson, the song is about being lost in the city. This was explained on many tours. On the Big Generator tour, Anderson says that the song is about the power and energy of the sunrise. In 1978, however, he said the song was about the power of love. Sometimes, he makes other comments. For example, on the October 16, 1971 show, Anderson states that the organ in the song is inaudible and will be performed without it. He further notes that the organ is "one of the best jokes in the business."

Today's tune "Heart of the Sunrise" is taken from the live album "Live At Montreux 2003" was released 2007. It is a live recording of the group's headlining concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival on 14 July 2003. The performance was filmed and is also available on DVD/Blu-ray. Check out the churning, bass-heavy riff attack by Chris Squire. He will be sorely missed (he passed away 27 June 2015).

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