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Close to the Edge Special Edition, Import

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  • Blu-ray Audio (Nov. 5 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition, Import
  • Label: Panegyric
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)

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Special two disc (CD + All Region Blu-Ray) pressing. Digitally remastered edition of the British Prog band's 1972 masterpiece. The classic album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and is fully approved by Yes. CD features a completely new stereo album mix by Steven Wilson. The CD also features a new mix of 'America' and an early mix/assembly of Close To The Edge. The Blu-Ray features the original album mix and American in a DTS-HD Master Audio flat transfers from the original master tape source. (24bit/192khz). Blu-Ray exclusively features instrumental versions of all new mixes in DTS-HD Master Audio stereo (24bit/96khz). Blu-Ray also exclusively features a needle-drop of an original UK vinyl A1/B1 pressing transferred in 24bit/96khz audio. Numerous audio extras appear in high-resolution stereo including single edits and studio run-throughs of album tracks. Original artwork by Roger Dean who has also overseen the artwork for this new edition. Presented as a mini vinyl replica gatefold card sleeve with booklet containing new sleeve notes, rare photos and archive material.

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 the Audio CD edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 1 2013
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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 By Matt Poole on March 1 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you're new to Yes, or even to progressive rock, Close to the Edge is a good place to start. It's close to the best thing you'll listen to in that area.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Henrici on 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.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By o dubhthaigh on Aug. 27 2003
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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