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.
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!
-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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My all time favorite Yes album obtain a mixing upgrade by the master Steven Wilson. Highly recommended.Published 3 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 6 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 12 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 13 months ago by Mike Popa