The final track on the Fragile
album, "Heart of the Sunrise" was written by Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford and Chris Squire
. Running 10:34, it takes up about half of Side 2. In our interview with Jon Anderson
, he singled it out as one of his favorite Yes compositions, and explained how it was conceived for live performance. "'Heart of the Sunrise' is a great piece," he said. "One of the things that was always important for Yes was to create music for the stage to perform, not to make a record. We were very lucky to go in the studio and make records, but our main game was to put on a show and entertain the audience, and in doing so we put that into the record. So by '71, '72, we were stretching our wings to do longer-form pieces on stage. I got into this whole thing about doing a 20 minute piece, because in those days you could only have 20 minutes on each side of an album. If it had been 30 minutes, it would have been a 30 minute piece."