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Close to the Edge (Expanded) Original recording remastered
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|1. "Close To The Edge (I. The Solid Time Of Change, II. Total Mass Retain, III. I Get Up I Get Down, IV. Seasons Of Man)"|
|2. "And You And I (I. Cord Of Life, II. Eclipse, III. The Preacher The Teacher, IV. Apocalypse)"|
|3. Siberian Khatru|
|5. Total Mass Retain|
|6. "And You And I (I. Cord Of Life, II. Eclipse, III. The Preacher The Teacher, IV. Apocalypse)"|
Bonus tracks: America (single version); Total Mass Retain (single version), and the previously unissued And You and I (alternate version) and Siberia (studio run-through of Siberian Khatru ).
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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The only downside to this package as others have mentioned is the packaging itself. The gatefold package does not want to stay closed and the included booklet has no real home and so just sits loose and falls out easily. I was lucky in that I was careful in opening the cellophane sleeve and therefore I can re-use it to keep the package closed properly. But if you tear it then things will be falling out all over the place.
Still for the music quality and all the options available I don't think there is a better version of this album out there. I think even some of the Vinyl die-hards might move to digital with more releases like this!
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 ›
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My all time favorite Yes album obtain a mixing upgrade by the master Steven Wilson. Highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by Guy Campeau
Very cool to hear this in 5.1 surround. Steve Wilson did a great job. Can also recommend his other 5.1 remixes, especially Gentle Giant: Octopus, and XTC: Nonsuch.Published 5 months ago by Fusion Head
A master'iece, put back under the spot once again by the talenting Steven Wilson ( do this guy got a life, really?)Published 11 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 12 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 12 months ago by LC9000