Soon, oh soon the light,
Pass within and soothe this endless night
And wait here for you, Our reason to be here.
Relayer was the first Yes album I owned. I took it to high school and we enjoyed it there in Mr. Thomas’ Social Studies office where I was an aide. I’m not 100% sure but I believe the album art attracted me to the purchase. It is artwork by Roger Dean who drew many Yes covers and the “Yes” logo itself. I have inducted Yes into my Music Hall of Fame.
My second inductee of 2022, and ninth so far, is the progressive rock supergroup, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP). I wrote about the member’s beginnings, back in the Circle Sky Record store days for our magazine Melody Hill and posted the story, From The Beginning, for you to read.
Were you there to watch the earth be scorched?
Did you stand beside the spectral torch?
Know the leaves of sorrow turned their face
Scattered on the ashes of disgrace
Tarkus is Emerson. Lake & Palmer’s second album, the first of two in 1971. Recorded at the Advision Studios in London and released on Island Records. It would reach number 1 on the UK Albums Chart, number 9 in the United States and number 12 in Canada. Tarkus was produced by Greg Lake who also wrote all the lyrics.