Special two disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD-Audio) 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. DVD-A features a 5.1 DTS Mix and High Resolution Stereo mixes. DVD-A players can, additionally, access a 5.1 Lossless audio mix (24bit 96khz). DVD-A features the new album mix in High Resolution stereo. DVD-A also features the original album mix in a hi-res flat transfer from the original stereo master tape source. DVD-A also features numerous audio extras in high-resolution stereo including single edits and studio run-throughs. Original artwork by Roger Dean who has also overseen the artwork for this new edition. Presented as a two disc digipak format in a slipcase with new sleeve notes by writer Sid Smith along with 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
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