Blue Oyster Cult is not considered a ‘core’ Progressive Rock act, for a number of reasons. They had bonafide hits, for one, something that pretty consistently eluded most Prog bands even in Prog’s heyday. During that time, one of the most enduring Progressive acts also didn’t have a hit single, despite a number of critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, including Close to the Edge. It wasn’t until the acquisition of Trevor Rabin by the band that they finally produced a suprise smash in ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’.
The album which spawned that hit, 1983’s 90125, was quite atypical for Yes, but over the years their sound has had a consistency that most bands never attain over such a lengthy period, despite a membership almost constantly in flux. The ‘classic’ Yes lineup in fact only endured for one record, Fragile. Today’s piece is from that album.
Over the years there has been only one perfromer who’s been a part of every incarnation of Yes, bassist Chris Squire. This particular performance shows off his talent despite the fact that one generally doesn’t find good sound quality on YouTube. Just listen to that baseline. Les Claypool has nothing on this man.