Yes, “Mood for a Day” from Fragile (1971): YESterdays

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Among the many Steve Howe solo guitar compositions included on Yes albums through the years, “Mood for a Day” probably isn’t the first to come to mind – but maybe it should be.

Granted “Masquerade” (from 1991’s Union) earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, and “Clap” from 1971’s The Yes Album has reached almost legendary status. Even the solo Howe track “Corkscrew” has garnered a following after its inclusion on 2011’s In the Present: Live at Lyon.

That “Mood for a Day” was included on Yes’ Fragile and has made numerous appearances separately and along with “Clap” is a testament to the strength of the songs. Additionally, the song received a makeover on the Steve Howe Trio album, bringing out even more of its jazz flavor.

Howe’s fingerpicking, classically inflected jazz style is a perfect blend of his influences, Chet Atkins and Wes Montgomery. His phrasing is impeccable as he creates an entire band with his right hand. If anything, “Mood for a Day” seems a logical progression from “Clap” to “Corkscrew,” with Howe showing the growth of his instrumental writing.

“Mood for a Day” is a wonderful addition for the world’s greatest progressive rock band, and one which should not be overlooked.

Preston Frazier’s YESterdays is a song-by-song feature that explores the unforgettable musical legacy of Yes. The series runs every other Tuesday.

Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier is a bass-playing lawyer living in Atlanta. His first Steely Dan exposure was with an eight-track cassette of 'Pretzel Logic.' He can be reached at slangofages@icloud.com; follow him on Twitter: @slangofages. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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