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Close to the Edge [Hybrid SACD]

Yes Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
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What's it all about? "A seasoned witch could call you from the depths of your disgrace / And rearrange your liver to the solid mental grace." Actually, it really doesn't matter. Later Yes would fragment, lose focus, but here is Yes functioning for once in the band's tortuous career as an organic unit, and individual elements--such as Jon Anderson's trippy lyrics--are less important than the whole. Even Rick Wakeman's Rachmaninov-for-Hammond-organ excesses work in context, compensated for by Steve Howe's amazingly fluid guitar (equal parts Charlie Christian and Chet Atkins), in turn counterbalanced by Chris Squire's behemoth Rickenbacker bass and Bill Bruford's jazzy drumming. This is rock music informed by the improvisatory spirit of Miles Davis, allied with the grandiose pretensions of the classics: love it or hate it, Close To The Edge is the definitive prog album. --Mark Walker

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Limited 24KT SACD audiophile edition of this 1972 album from the iconic British Prog Rock band. Close To The Edge, their 5th studio album, nd was released on Atlantic Records and reached #4 on the UK Albums Chart and #3 on the US Billboard 200.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CD / BLU RAY 5.1 REVIEW Feb. 1 2013
By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Finally Close to The Edge in 5.1. hands down flat the best sounding version of this album. Once again Steven Wilson does a perfect job with this remasters 5.1 mix. Distortion that was present on the two track master is almost completely gone. Separation between instruments is amazing for a record recorded in 71/72. When listening with a sub woofer the bas is clear but warm. Even with Chris Squire taking the low end off his bass it still sounds warm. Anderson vocals never sounded this clear.
Even if you are not a 5.1 person the stereo masters on here sound better then versions of the past.
If you are into music that is a bit more demanding check this out. It's a beautiful record that is from Progressive Rock's zenith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mainstay of Progressive Rock Sept. 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
Close to the edge is one of Yes' best albums and has been a mainstay of progressive rock for more than 30 years, Any new fans of the genre should get this new rhino disc and discover progressive rock for what it truly is- thoughtful and intelligent compositions executed by some of the best musicians in rock. However, most of the prospective buyers for this disc are probably seasoned Yes fans who love "close to the edge" and already have this album in one form or another. Most of your classics have been out 3 or 4 times... just reissue it, say its better than ever and sales are a sure thing (and easy money). As far as the artwork, notes and lyrics go, this is an excellent package- as close as you'll come to the Lp experience in the cd format. That leaves us with the bonus tracks and the sound quality. As mentioned, the bonus tracks alone don't really add much of substance- the "And you and I" alternate is good, Wakeman does some interesting things. The "Siberian" is just what it says, studio run through. I got this to replace my worn out Lp and the 1st cd version, so I can't speak for the 2nd Cd version done by Joe Gastwirt. I can speak for the YesYears box Gastwirt did in 1991 which has the best sounding version of "Close to the Edge" on cd, and contains the best sounding material from "Fragile" and the "Yes Album" on cd. It also has the best sounding version of "America". To my ears it would be pretty hard for Rhino to outdo, and they did'nt. Gastwirt had the analog master tapes that were then around 20 years old, but probably still in decent shape, and he did a superb job. The sources for this project were either extremely old analog tapes or digital copies. Rhino did a very good job, but don't expect sonic miracles- despite their "remastered for better than ever sound" statement. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Unquestionably the best YES album ever has been remastered with painstaking care and has resulted in a CD of pristine clarity, incredible dynamics and compelling music. If you are a fan, this is one of the best remastering jobs of their music you'll ever hear. Along with the newly re-mastered TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS, it represented Yes at the very peak of their creative energy, taking uncompromising risks and actually proving categorically that rock music could aspire to and acheive a late romantic style classicism that stands on its own merits. The travails of both of these discs would jettison Bruford for King Crimson and Wakemen for a bizarre solo career, but these works also stand as singular acheivements for these musicians in their association with YES. Wakemen has never returned to this form, even with his mid-90's and most recent tour appearances with YES, and Bruford lept toward the avant garde and has never looked back, although his ABWH efforts in the mid-90's did offer a peak at what might have been.
But the point here is that YES created a compellingly dramatic long work with CLOSE, followed by 2 major pieces that, when listened as a whole in this format, make for an incredibly rewarding experience. Intelligence infused this music, and perhaps intelligence died in rockmusic with the the decline of Yes in later years. It became all bollocks and vulgarities. Her, though, Howe was electrifying with a level of fretwork that only Fripp has ever approached. Bruford solidified his hold on odd-metre polyrhythms, Squire recreated the role of the bass as GUITAR FIRST, rhytmic time keeper second, and Wakemen created washes of sound that were what sent the whole effort into an extraordinary musical journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like the first time i heard it... only better Nov. 27 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have been a huge YES fan since the early 70's and my introduction to the band was thru this album, I can still remember where and when and the total experience of my first time and the feeling of awe when i heard the overture. Steve Wilson's remix and re-mastering is amazing, i hear things in the recording that I never heard before... A few years ago my daughter suggested I give "Porcupine Tree" a listen to and I fell in love with their music... so I was very excited to hear that Steve (from PT) was in charge of this effort and supported by YES!... and I was not disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the edge May 14 2004
By Greg
Format:Audio CD
This album really has three parts, rather than three songs. So I will discuss all three for the benefit of those who are looking to buy.
Close to the Edge. And beyond. This piece of music is no rock song. It is no pop song, nor any creation similar to that of it's time period. It is, for the most part, unprecidented. The opening, after the fade in with the wind chimes and birds chirping, is such an amazing blend of sounds that it is hard to tell who is doing what... you just have to sit back and not think about it to get it. At first or second listen, the beginning seems to have no structure at all, but when you hear the finer points... especially in the bass... you realize that they are really doing something. Howe's solo is as creative as ever, his guitar skills really fit the band the way no other guitarist would. He is, simply put, a virtuoso.
The first and second movement, and that's what they are: movements, sound similar, but are different... different keys, different nuances... so many small musical differences that are almost impossible to hear. The words... does anybody really get it? And rearrange your liver to the solid mental grace? What does that mean? Something, I guess.
The middle section... so much going on. Keyboards, organs, bass, vocal harmonies...
This could go on for hours, but I'll cut it short. Simply put, when you reach the hills to view the silence of the valley, if you are not in tears, something is wrong.
And You and I is a beautiful love song, and Siberian Khatru is an excellent rocker. Overall, one of the best albums not only in rock, but in any genre ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 5.1 sound
Well I got to say that I am some what late to get on the action of Yes on bluray and dvd, I was too busy with King crimson for quite some time and one has only so much money right? Read more
Published 29 days ago by Daniel Fournier
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, just WOW ! :)
This is, hands down, the way ALL Audio by ALL Musicians should be released.
-need I say more ?

I'm at a loss for words here. Read more
Published 5 months ago by rickster
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi-Rez including Surround
Bought it mainly for the surround mix, great sound all around!!!!! Hope to see more releases like this. Even includes a high quality vinyl rip that also sounds good.
Published 7 months ago by par4ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product!!
Wow..I'm a huge Yes fan and this album is a true classic as well as a classic Progressive album. This Steven Wilson 5. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marcus Almighty
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how a Blu-Ray audio disc should be released!
Sound Quality was amazing for all versions of the album included with this release. Litterally something for everyone. New 2013 5. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Carl Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars SACD review of Close to the Edge
I have purchased over the last years the vinyl, CD, CD remastered version and finally the SACD version of this masterpiece. Read more
Published 17 months ago by daniel babeux
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
A true masterpiece. I have listened to this CD more than any other I own. That would be at least 200 times I've laid back and let Close to the Edge amaze me. Read more
Published on May 31 2011 by Olive Fodera
5.0 out of 5 stars I get up I get down
Not much that I can add to the other reviewers except to say that this is music you can take along on your own personal spiritual journey. Dim the lights and let it surround you. Read more
Published on April 6 2011 by Jane Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Yes creates a true rock symphony. No backing or canned or overdubbed orchestra, just the 5 guys at their absolute best. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2010 by that guy who does stuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent vinyl reissue of a classic album
There are lots of used copies of Close to the Edge kicking around in used record shops and on eBay, but most of those sound lackluster. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2009 by S. Thomson
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