Let's talk about one of my favourite classic songs.
Back when I was a 15 year old, devoted fan of Bruce
Cockburn and his phenomenal acoustic guitar-tistry,
I first heard the album Fragile by Yes (as recalled
in my preamble to Classic Song 22).
I wasn't ready for them. At all.
Two short years later, I was most definitely ready.
When Andy Swetlishoff played "Roundabout"
through his band's PA system, I was startled by
what sounded like a clavinet, locked in unison
with a roiling, boiling bassline. I exclaimed
"Whoa! Cool unison bass/clavinet riff".
Andy duly corrected my mistaken impression,
saying "That's just the bass player, Mozz,
rocking that line on a really, really
trebly Rickenbacker bass".
I couldn't sleep that night. At all.
First thing the next day, I hightailed it to Trail,
where I bought Close To The Edge, Yes'
just-released LP. Once safely home in
the family living room, I quickly but
gingerly pulled the vinyl from
the one-square-foot jacket,
donned Rod's headphones
and dug into sides one
and two of the album
that changed my life.
Here's the first cut from side two, "Siberian Khatru",
featuring the classic Yes lineup: Jon Anderson,
Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman
and the truly unique Bill Bruford.
But first, here's a fuzzy ol' look at yours truly,
playing my heart out on my '72 Ricky 4001,
alongside Pat Bourke, during my tenure with
Larry Gowan's legendary band, Rhinegold.
You shoulda heard MY sound!
Mozz the Elder