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  • Audio CD (Dec 11 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B00A93ENI8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 244 customer reviews
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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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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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Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
Sound Quality was amazing for all versions of the album included with this release. Litterally something for everyone. New 2013 5.1 plus Surround plus stereo mixes and an Instrumental stereo version of the album all in 24/96 high resolution. The original untouched Master Stereo mix in 24/192 and even an original "U.K. Vinyl Transfer" of the album in 24/96. In addition there are additional alternate versions of various tracks in 24/96 and 24/192 (Different tracks) and an "Alternate Album" version in 24/96.

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!

Carl.
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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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Format: Blu-ray Audio
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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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Feb. 1 2013
Format: Blu-ray Audio 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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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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