Close to the Edge Hybrid SACD
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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.
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 --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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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.
Yes were a band that wanted to get both the harmonious singing and complex playing just right. All their hard work and vision has paid off here more than anywhere else. Lead singer Jon Anderson sings with passion and energy, anything that comes out of his mouth is filled with emotion. Likewise, everything that master guitarist Steve Howe plays is moving. Chris Squire is one of the funkiest bass players around, and his work is just as fascinating now as it would have been back then. He can put a groove into the most difficult and intricate of places. Keyboardist Rick Wakeman is an important part of the sound, adding classical inspired themes to the songs. Most of the time he's background, but when he does get a solo it adds so much to the music. His choice of synthesizers, keyboards, organs and sequencers is also very clever, he knows just what to pick to highlight the mood of the song. Then, there's Bill Bruford, who can keep just about any time, any pace, and make it just about as exciting as it can be. They cover a lot of emotion in their songs, but for the most part they are very, very happy and optimistic. The polar opposite of Pink Floyd maybe.
There are only three tracks, but they are worth more than every penny. Each song is complex, thoughtful and evocative. The title track is twenty minutes long and even then it's seems too short and you're left wanting more, unlike many of Yes' longer songs. It cycles through ambience, skittering experimentation, jazz, sadness, joy, speed, space, using probably every instrument and effect Yes had at their disposal at the time. It's an experience, it really is.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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A master'iece, put back under the spot once again by the talenting Steven Wilson ( do this guy got a life, really?)Published 6 months ago by Sébastien Perron
This is a review of the 2013 issue 2 disc CD/Blu Ray set of Close To The Edge – Steve Wilson mix. I have prepared this review from mainly an audiophile perspective and won’t go... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike Popa
Wow. Rhino got this one right! It sounds great. Clean and flat pressing. And, if you can still find it...not that expensive. Artwork and packaging top notch. Read morePublished 7 months ago by LC9000