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Golden Fragments

by Fragile

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    Dedicated to the memory of our fallen comrade Tom Dawe, RIP old friend.

    Golden Fragments is the first original album from Fragile. Fragile were the original European Yes Tribute band founded in the late 1990s. We now work as an original band paying tribute to Yes in our own unique way. This album features Claire Hamill (solo singer-songwriter, Ray Davies, Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, John Martyn, Alan White, Jon & Vangelis, Wishbone Ash) and also special guest Clive Bayley from the 1960s pre Yes band Mabel Greer's Toyshop.

    Check out our promotional video here:

    youtu.be/OjdMfWG06ys

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    released: Monday 8th June, 2020

    Golden Fragments by Fragile
    Force Ten Productions FTPCD2021

    Claire Hamill (Vocals)
    Oliver Day (Guitars)
    Russ Wilson (Drums/Percussion)
    Max Hunt (Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Guitar, Percussion)

    special guest Clive Bayley (Mabel Greer's Toyshop)
    vocals on Heaven's Core & Time to Dream/Now we are Sunlight


    Produced by Max Hunt & Oliver Day
    Recorded by Force Ten Productions in Germany and the UK,
    Andrew Warren and at other UK locations between 2017 & 2020.
    Engineered by M.Hunt, O.Day, A, Warren.
    Mixed & mastered at Force Ten Productions, Germany
    © 2020 Copyright Control. All rights reserved.
    Artwork: Sky Castle by Steven Mayerson
    See Steve's wonderful artwork at: mayersonart.wixsite.com/home
    Graphic Design & Photography: M. Hunt, Force Ten Productions.

    Dedicated to Tom Dawe

    Special thanks to: Adriano Gazza for choosing a great album title.

    All past Fragile band members for the amazing voyage
    (Steve Carney, Tom Dawe, Mitch Harwood, Jon Bastable, Gonzalo Careera, Mich Correa, Dave Rollins, Robert Illesh, Johnny Marter, Chris Hook & Martin Clark) & all our fans over the years!

    Yes and Jon Anderson for their never ending inspiration!
    Peter Banks, Steve Howe & Alan White for teaching us so much and sharing time on the road with us.

    Gerlinde Hunt for her never ending patient support, Juanita & George for their love & support, Andrew Day, Sarah Day & Kath Jenkins, Steve Mayerson, Leni & Rudi Hasse, Clive & Bob from Mabel, Dave Watkinson, Andrew Warren, Brian Hurst.

    ©all rights reserved

    "You would almost say that the album is the missing link between 'Relayer' and 'Going For The One'." - Radio Xymphomania

    “This album is clearly better than anything the real Yes have produced in this millennium.” - Paul Whimpenny (Velvet Thunder)

    “While this is clearly music inspired by Yes, mostly from the classic era you might expect from the band's name, Fragile have found their own sound too.” - Hal C. F. Astell (Apocalypse Later Music)

    “Je ne savais pas quoi m’attendre de FRAGILE, disons que la réussite est au rendez-vous, belle et surprenante satisfaction.”

    I did not know what to expect from FRAGILE, let's say that success is there, beautiful and surprising satisfaction. - Phillippe Andrè (Profil Prog)

    “I would like to extend my heartfelt applause to their start in following the sound world of Yes in the British Rock tradition” – Yoshiyuki Ooseki (zenkouprogrock)

    “Im Gegensatz zu den lauen Aufgüssen, die Yes seit Jahrzehnten an beieten, erhält man mit Golden Fragments ein überaus unterhaltsames Retro-Prog-Album, das die alten Prog-Heroen würdig abfeiert”

    In contrast to the luke-warm infusions that Yes produced in the last few decades, you get with Golden Fragments a very entertaining retro-prog album, that celebrates the old prog heroes worthily. - Martin Dambek (Empire Magazine)


    “Die Schönheit liegt ebenso bei den restlichen Songs im Detail, wenn etwa die Sonne in ´Blessed By The Sun/Hey You And I And´ angebetet wird und die Gesangsstimme immer höher gen Sonnenlicht treibt. Insbesondere ´Time To Dream/Now We Are Sunlight´ bleibt hingegen sehr nahe am Œuvre von YES. Aber wer kann sich heutzutage schon von jeglichen Einflüssen freisprechen?”

    The beauty of the rest of the songs is also in the details, when the sun is worshiped in ´Blessed By The Sun / Hey You And I And´ and the singing voice drives higher and higher towards the sunlight. In particular, ´Time To Dream / Now We Are Sunlight´ remains very close to the oeuvre of YES. But who can acquit themselves from any influences these days? - Michael Haifl (Streetclip.de)

    “Fragile is a Band in the tradition of Yes. They know the language, how to form the words, construct the sentences, organise the paragraphs tell the story........So we know the language but this lives in its own space and has its own thrilling separate unique voice.” - Michelle Johnston (LOVEOFYESMUSIC.BLOGSPOT.COM)

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1.
I - When are Wars Won? (Lyrics: Brian David Hayhurst, Claire Hamill) Life was ever thus, when are wars won? It’s over now, or is it? Battlefields are strewn with remains of the carnage. How did it happen? When are wars won? Why when wiser, calmer voices counseled caution Did we proceed to the destruction That lays waste to our collective, universal soul? History tells its tale with ghastly precision We exorcise all that is hidden And prepare ourselves for a new era Another world of disorder When our wars won? Let’s all pretend nothing is wrong Everything works for the good in the end, let’s all pretend Don’t look down, or you may see some poor sucker drown Don’t you move your head, just you keep marching straight ahead To the Victor goes the spoils, how wrong that can be Who wins when treasures are stolen, tarnished by deceit? Death and suffering, we didn’t do ourselves well yesterday As armour clanged against armour Angers, entrails left to rise from the desert floor Crimson and sodden, from Khartoum to Culloden Life was ever thus, when are wars won? When are wars won? II - Surely all I Need (Lyrics: J.S.Hamill) I'll point my arrow to the sky, let it go and watch it fly Wondering where it will land and, if I'll ever find it Where I could throw my spear of truth, the one I carved out in my youth Just like the one I gave to you, I know just where to find it If life can find, somewhere, a place for me On solid ground, somewhere to place my feet Where gentle breezes touch and acknowledge me Then that's surely all I need, that's surely all I need.
2.
Lyrics: J.C. Hamill, M. Hunt Music: J.C. Hamill, M. Hunt
3.
Five Senses 04:34
How can we presume to know the Actual nature of the Universe? A narrow window that we use to see Relativity and space time Fit into the limit of our being Childlike Moon Flight Deep Sea Feel Free Starlight In Sight Can't See Eternity Universe, Universe, Universe
4.
See the power in the light (gravity will fall away) See the reflection of the night (a sense of freedom for you to play) Soon the day will brighten all (higher higher) Stop your stumble, stop your fall (higher higher, higher higher) Keep your eyes closed shut tight It's still well into the middle of the night Time to dream of what could be, real! Create a dance of light, burning torches blaze Let your thoughts take you where (just as you start to think that you are free) When awake you would be scared (rays of of morning light command you to be) Flying over all the trees (higher, higher) The woods, the hills, all the seas (higher, higher) Like an eagle, stoic as one should be See the power in the light (the day has stolen your blissful tune) See the reflection of the night (and placed you back on earth far too soon) Soon the day will brighten all (higher higher, higher, higher) Stop your stumble, stop your fall (higher higher, higher higher) Time to dream, time to dream, time to dream of what could could be Time to dream, time to dream, what could be real? Time to wander to heaven's core, time to see what's at the door Time to wander to heaven's core
5.
Open Space 02:31
6.
Time to dream and lose ourselves Floating gently on a silvery tide Entering worlds of peace and hope Reaching a beauty deep inside If Tempest comes, they say it will (Sensing) We can go deeper then we ever knew (without waking) A sacred place of serenity (knowing) Waits there for you (without knowing) (Noble, no seeking, life in a dream) Now we are sunlight, now we are sunlight, now we are sunlight........ Time to dream, time to dream, time to dream of what could could be Time to dream, time to dream, what could be real? Time to wander to heaven's core Time to dream, time to dream
7.
Over the hill and down to the sea Crystal Caverns are calling to me Echoing replies that shout full of fear And crash like an avalanche into our ears Crash like an avalanche into our ears People stand watching down by the shore Bathed in sea mist they can hear waves roar As tyrannical traders capture their thoughts They thought they had peace but it all came to naught They thought they had peace but it all came to naught Old worlds and kingdoms carved in rock of rhyme Sending a warning to watch for changing times And falsehoods from people with nothing to say So trust to your instincts before it’s too late in the day Before it’s too late in the day Into the harbour and drawing together Just like the souls of older mariners facing bad weather We are prevailing against the cruel tide of hate But they can’t hide, the truth inside And we know why Thrown about like used up empty sacks Just flotsam caught in a web by hacks All at the mercy of some cynical prose And where it leads to nobody knows Where it all needs leads to nobody knows, Nothing Sleep the sleep of the innocent or wake the beast inside Crouch and creep like the victimized Or stand up straight and look evil in the eye Long, the journey has been so long And weary are the steps we take How much more can one man bear before his spirit breaks? But when the heavens open and the sun pours down its heat Our hearts are lifted skywards And at last we feel no defeat We’ve found the solace that we seek, the journey is complete I can hear the wind of change blowing at my windowpane Blow, blow, blow the man down Old worlds and kingdoms keepers all safe From those who would like to see them replaced With people easy to manipulate So trust in your instincts before it’s too late Before it’s too late in the day.

about

Dedicated to the memory of our fallen comrade Tom Dawe, RIP old friend.

Golden Fragments is the first original album from Fragile. Fragile were the original European Yes Tribute band founded in the late 1990s. We now work as an original band paying tribute to Yes in our own unique way. This album features Claire Hamill (solo singer-songwriter, Ray Davies, Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, John Martyn, Alan White, Jon & Vangelis, Wishbone Ash) and also special guest Clive Bayley from the 1960s pre Yes band Mabel Greer's Toyshop.

Check out our promotional video here:
youtu.be/OjdMfWG06ys

"You would almost say that the album is the missing link between 'Relayer' and 'Going For The One'." - Radio Xymphomania

“This album is clearly better than anything the real Yes have produced in this millennium.” - Paul Whimpenny (Velvet Thunder)

“While this is clearly music inspired by Yes, mostly from the classic era you might expect from the band's name, Fragile have found their own sound too.” - Hal C. F. Astell (Apocalypse Later Music)

“Je ne savais pas quoi m’attendre de FRAGILE, disons que la réussite est au rendez-vous, belle et surprenante satisfaction.”

I did not know what to expect from FRAGILE, let's say that success is there, beautiful and surprising satisfaction. - Phillippe Andrè (Profil Prog)

“I would like to extend my heartfelt applause to their start in following the sound world of Yes in the British Rock tradition” – Yoshiyuki Ooseki (zenkouprogrock)

“Im Gegensatz zu den lauen Aufgüssen, die Yes seit Jahrzehnten an beieten, erhält man mit Golden Fragments ein überaus unterhaltsames Retro-Prog-Album, das die alten Prog-Heroen würdig abfeiert”

In contrast to the luke-warm infusions that Yes produced in the last few decades, you get with Golden Fragments a very entertaining retro-prog album, that celebrates the old prog heroes worthily. - Martin Dambek (Empire Magazine)


“Die Schönheit liegt ebenso bei den restlichen Songs im Detail, wenn etwa die Sonne in ´Blessed By The Sun/Hey You And I And´ angebetet wird und die Gesangsstimme immer höher gen Sonnenlicht treibt. Insbesondere ´Time To Dream/Now We Are Sunlight´ bleibt hingegen sehr nahe am Œuvre von YES. Aber wer kann sich heutzutage schon von jeglichen Einflüssen freisprechen?”

The beauty of the rest of the songs is also in the details, when the sun is worshiped in ´Blessed By The Sun / Hey You And I And´ and the singing voice drives higher and higher towards the sunlight. In particular, ´Time To Dream / Now We Are Sunlight´ remains very close to the oeuvre of YES. But who can acquit themselves from any influences these days? - Michael Haifl (Streetclip.de)

“Fragile is a Band in the tradition of Yes. They know the language, how to form the words, construct the sentences, organise the paragraphs tell the story........So we know the language but this lives in its own space and has its own thrilling separate unique voice.” - Michelle Johnston (LOVEOFYESMUSIC.BLOGSPOT.COM)

credits

released May 16, 2020

Golden Fragments by Fragile
Force Ten Productions FTPCD2021

Claire Hamill (Vocals)
Oliver Day (Guitars)
Russ Wilson (Drums/Percussion)
Max Hunt (Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Guitar, Percussion)

special guest Clive Bayley (Mabel Greer's Toyshop)
vocals on Heaven's Core & Time to Dream/Now we are Sunlight


Produced by Max Hunt & Oliver Day
Recorded by Force Ten Productions in Germany and the UK,
Andrew Warren and at other UK locations between 2017 & 2020.
Engineered by M.Hunt, O.Day, A, Warren.
Mixed & mastered at Force Ten Productions, Germany
© 2020 Copyright Control. All rights reserved.
Artwork: Sky Castle by Steven Mayerson
See Steve's wonderful artwork at: mayersonart.wixsite.com/home
Graphic Design & Photography: M. Hunt, Force Ten Productions
Dedicated to Tom Dawe

Special thanks to: Adriano Gazza for choosing a great album title.

All past Fragile band members for the amazing voyage
(Steve Carney, Tom Dawe, Mitch Harwood, Jon Bastable, Gonzalo Careera, Mich Correa, Dave Rollins, Robert Illesh, Johnny Marter, Chris Hook & Martin Clark) & all our fans over the years!

Yes and Jon Anderson for their never ending inspiration!
Peter Banks, Steve Howe & Alan White for teaching us so much and sharing time on the road with us.

Gerlinde Hunt for her never ending patient support, Juanita & George for their love & support, Andrew Day, Sarah Day & Kath Jenkins, Steve Mayerson, Leni & Rudi Hasse, Clive & Bob from Mabel, Dave Watkinson, Andrew Warren, Brian Hurst.

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Fragile are the original European YES tribute project and have toured the UK & Europe in various line-ups for the past 20 years. This included live dates/tours with Steve Howe in 2005,6 & 7 and appearances with Alan White & Rick Wakemen.

Following 20 years of performing Yes music, the band are no longer performing LIVE but now write/record original Yes inspired music.
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