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Close to the Edge [Hybrid SACD]

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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars great 5.1 sound July 24 2014
By Daniel Fournier TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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? But one day amazon gave me some suggestion and close to the edge bluray was there, I could not believe it that I didn't even know about it! so of course I got it as fast as I could and I want to thanks all the people that did reviews, what I do is I read the five star and why did they gave it a five stars and if I am lucky and some has gave only one star, I want to find out why and than it help me to decide to purchase it or not. I will not go too much on my reason to like it, just about everything has been said. I don't know if this has breen mention but in my case I am super impress with the dvd disc, No word can say how good it is but I will be honest and for me the cd one so call re work by Steven wilson was a bit of a let down for me, nno, let me be honest, a total let down and let me tell you why. Maybe my thinking was wrong to start with but with the King crimson 40 th collection, I have found that every one of them, in regard to the steven wilson job, you could tell that they had let some part out on the original album and some how s wilson put everything back and every one of them had some nice surprise in them, I was expecting the same with this one, I was thinking that close to the edge was going to be longer even if it was going to be a little bit of stuff that we never ear before, but I have listen to it just one time I hope that maybe I miss it but it don't seem to be anything like this, no big surprise, and I am one of those that I must have bought this album 20 times, I am just joking, but you get the point, I lost count of how many time I have purchase it. Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undimmed Perfection Feb. 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
Great works have a sense of inevitabilty about them - you can feel secure that you won't be let down when your enter their artistic space. Close to Edge is epitome of English Rock - call it prog or not, Yes created the finest work of music to come out of the rock movement. Thirty-some years ago when I first heard this album, I was captivated, and through the years, I've remained enthralled with this music, never growing tired of it, never becoming bored, even though I may have listened to CTTE over fifteen thousand times.
The reason this music holds up so well is that for a summer in 1972 Yes achieved a perfect confluence of talent, opportunity, and technique. Jon Anderson finally had the total vision he had strived for since starting the band: five of the best musicians in the rock world, tempered by touring and recording, and informed by all the influences each brought to the mix. Rick Wakeman was largely the movitativing force in the creation of the mature Yes sound, not because he was one of the two best keyboard players in England, but because he had an inborn feeling for structure, and what makes CTTE work, and keep on working is the stucture of the main piece and the two other pocket symphonies on the album.
Close to the Edge has been described as a Sonata, a musical form that introduces and then explores themes and variations, returning in the last movement to main theme. This structure gives the work a unity that eluded most of the other prog rock epics, including some of Yes's own.
Listening to Close to the Edge now, the craftsmanship is even more apparent to me than when I first heard it in 1972.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, just WOW ! :) March 3 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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.
This super-HQ-audio production of Yes, is breathtaking, and at 24/192 Blu-ray audio resolution, you'll never want to buy a 16/44 crappy Audio CD again. -Lol.
...oh ya, and those original "Intrumental" seesions was a Bonus, treat, just to say the least.

Great Job done, to Steve Wilson,
and a very special thanks to the immortal "Yes" Musicians; Steve, Chris, Jon, Bill, and Alan, ...
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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 6 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 7 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 7 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 16 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Rock Album Ever - My Opinionated Opinion
YES fans of old typically regard CLOSE TO THE EDGE as one of, if not *the* best LP/CD YES put out. No point in preaching to the choir.

But if you're "new" to YES... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2007 by Kirtland Peterson
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