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  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184772132X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847721327
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #508,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Fascinating... book of the month' Record Collector'(Welch's) insider's eye view makes for a refreshing account of the times.' Mojo.

About the Author

Chris Welch is among the UK's best known music journalists. After a long and distinguished career on Melody Maker, he became editor of Metal Hammer magazine and has also edited Rock World. He ws amongst the first British writers to champion Yes in the late Sixties. He has travelled and toured with them and interviewed them on numerous occasions. He has also written books on Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel and Genesis. He lives in Kent.

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This is a well researched and documented history of YES. They were the first pioneers of progressive rock. It gets lost a little bit in the extensive details and leaves out some unanswered questions leaving the reader hanging. Still this is a fine effort. YES is an amazing band and Welch manages to capture the initial excitement of their big break into the world of super-groups. It is well worth reading. It also documents the emergence of Roger Dean who is simply an amazing visual artist who was responsible for creating most of the bands breathtaking otherworldly album covers, but that's another story.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Good and thorough if a bit uncritical Sept. 13 2010
By B. I SIMPSON - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always liked the music of Yes, and this is a good, informative book with a lot of information and a massive amount of interviews with all the members of the band, past and present.

The major "problem" with the book is that Mr. Welch is clearly a fan of the band, and the writing tends to be geared more toward a press release, with very little critical view of either the personalities or the music. Almost every album is mooted as "their best yet," and highlights of the various songs are then presented. Each musician to come and go is praised for contributing, but rarely is that contribution put much into the context of what "Yes music" might all be about, and whether that contribution was really what the band needed. Someone left, someone came in to replace him, and it's all to the good.

Yes's music has always been very forward-looking, life-affirming, spiritual and positive, so it's entirely possible that all the members are just wondrous chaps who delight in each other's respective companies, but the various cracks and hints here and there argue that it isn't always so. None of these cracks, hints and arguments are explored with any great depth; we do hear about Rick Wakeman's disappointment with "Topographic Oceans" and the fact that no one--no one--seemed to like the "Union" album. Bill Bruford's frustration with the Yes direction is explored, and though Jon Anderson was sometimes referred to as a "Hitler" or a "Napoleon" there's not a lot here why people would call him that--he comes across as a nice guy who wants the music to be good. (Who would object to the music being good?) Otherwise they just meshed perfectly and created the "Yes sound" each and every time.

I don't want to sound too critical of this book; it's well written, I enjoyed it and it is remarkably thorough as a history of the band and its fortunes. Mr. Welch was there when many of the events in Yes's career actually happened, so there's no third-hand filter. It just seems a little too smooth, a little too hesitant to probe, a little too much like a bio a record company might release in advance of a tour.

Recommended for its impressive arsenal of facts, insider knowledge and interviews with a band that's always seemed very private, even when they were conquering the world.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
average March 25 2014
By keith richards - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a YES fan of many years, hence downloading the e-version. I didn't enjoy the constant eulogising of each album & individual tracks. I would have preferred more about the individuals, and there were many, their lives and interactions.
This e-book needs proof reading to resolve the countless errors where words are sp lit. Annoying isn't it?
Overall I enjoyed the book and would suggest if you're a Yes fan, give it a go.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lots of great info March 30 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes: Close To The Edge doesn't waste a ton of time telling you every detail about the band members early childhoods, which I appreciate, but it does provide the essential introductory info on each and then spends the bulk of its pages discussing events during the band's tumuluous career. There's a ton of great information, some nice photos, and the book flows very nicely.

I think Chris Welch's writing can be a bit odd, and I don't think it's just because he's British. He just has a style that is a little unorthodox, plus he's an insider with the band and maybe he's just being a bit too familiar. The only other thing I don't like is some of the time the author spends discussing specific songs, detailing lyrics or how the band members played/sang. I would prefer biographical information without the disection of the music.
Everything you need to know about "Classic" Yes Nov. 21 2014
By F. J. PRISCO - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this long ago, and it was a pleasure to read again. While one could see this as outdated, it's in fact a fairly candid representation of the band just before it fell apart: begun in 1978, and finished just as the DRAMA lineup had taken over. This means that everyone speaks largely in the present tense, without any sense of reframing or explaining; things just are how they are. Consequently we get a lot of details that would later be varnished over -- understandably, since I expect they got tired of talking about why so-and-so was out or in.

Especially detailed is the genesis of the band. There's lengthy focus on each band member's beginnings in any case, but nowhere else will you find so much info on their formative years -- the various bands they were in, how they came to know each other, what they thought of each other. Overall, the best-informed & most detailed account of the band.

Good companion book: 1994's Yesstories is made up of excerpts from interviews, but also original interviews by the author -- with very little duplication of what's included here. Especially interesting: lengthy comments by Peter Banks on the albums they made after him [he liked 90125]
they realized that the sum of the thing (group) is better then the individual Oct. 27 2014
By nigel george - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely magic,as i have a DVD of theirs (Live in Montreux),and have been an avid follower of them for yonks,to read how they struggled through the early years and thanks partly to Chris Squire,they realized that the sum of the thing (group) is better then the individual,and due to constant touring they,like most other groups get tired of being on the road,and through all this they did it for the fan's,,,,bloody good on them!


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