Relayer was recorded and released in 1974 and is the seventh studio album by the progressive English supergroup Yes.
Relayer is the only Yes studio album to feature the Swiss born keyboard player Patrick Moraz. After the highly controversial concept album (Tales from Topographic Oceans) the legendary keyboard player Rick Wakeman suddenly quit the band. Yes auditioned several replacements for him, one of them being the Greek multi instrumentalist and keyboardist Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, better known as Vangelis. Eventually Vangelis did not become a new member of the Yes, but the 2 week auditions led to several successful collaborations between Vangelis and Yes’s lead singer and main composer Jon Anderson.
The relatively strange album title is derived from the lyrics of a song from the Tales from Topographic Oceans album called The Remembering (High The Memory).
Relayer reached no. 4 in the UK charts and position 5 in the USA.
Roger Dean was commissioned to design the album cover for Relayer. Dean (born in 1944) is an English artist and designer. He is best known for his work on album covers for bands such as Budgie, Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant and most notably, Yes. You can see his trade mark, the flying gizmo at the bottom right corner of the Relayer inner sleeve.