The Steven Wilson website is confirming the swirling rumors and rampant speculation that his next remix project will be Relayer, the late 1974 Yes classic. Relayer has been a beloved album for many years among Yes fans. Relayer is the first – and only – album to feature Patrick Moraz, the able successor to Rick Wakeman, who had departed after Tales Of Topographic Oceans, the misunderstood 1973 2LP Yes album.
Relayer contained just three songs, one of them (“The Gates Of Delirium”) over 21-minutes in length. Atlantic Records attempted to edit “To Be Over” and release it as a single. While a beautiful edit, it failed to capture fans as “Roundabout” had a few years earlier. But Yes fans didn’t need the single. They were good with the entire album.
The upcoming Wilson remix of Relayer will find the album being released in 5.1 surround, as well as high resolution stereo. According to the Wilson website, Relayer will be reissued as a CD/DVD-Audio digitpak, and a CD/BD-Audio (Blu-ray-Audio) mini-LP gatefold edition. Each album will contain the original artwork restored, a booklet with new notes, photos, and other assorted goodies, and bonus materials (see list below).
Relayer will be reissued on November 4. This new release celebrates the album’s 40th Anniversary.
• a 5.1 DTS Mix and High Resolution Stereo mixes.
• DVD-A players can, additionally, access a 5.1 Lossless audio mix (24bit 96khz).
• the new album mix in high resolution stereo
• the original album mix in a hi-res flat transfer from the original stereo master tape source.
• numerous audio extras appear in high-resolution stereo including demos and studio run-throughs of album tracks making for an alternative version of Relayer.
• original artwork expanded, restored and approved by Roger Dean.
• The album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson & is fully approved by Yes.
• CD features a completely new stereo album mix by Steven Wilson
• CD also features the two promo singles edits taken from the album
• Blu-Ray features a new album mix in 5.1 LPCM Surround Sound & in DTS-HD MA 5.1 (24bit/96khz).
• Blu-Ray also features new High Resolution Stereo mixes (24bit/96khz)
• Blu-Ray also features the original album mix in High Resolution stereo (24bit/192khz).
• Blu-Ray also features a complete alternate album running order drawn from demos & studio Run-throughs.
• Blu-Ray exclusive features include additional demo/studio run-throughs, full album instrumental mixes, a full album needle-drop of an original UK A1/B1 vinyl pressing, singles edits, a live tracks & needle-drops of the banded tracks from the original US vinyl promo album.
• Original artwork expanded, restored & approved by Roger Dean
• Presented in a mini-vinyl replica format with new sleeve notes by writer Sid Smith.
• Released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the original edition.