- 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
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Included on this remaster are the single version of "America", infintely better in its brevity than the meandering jam, and run throughs of "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru", which really add nothing to the whole project except give you a glimpse of how ON they were all through the recording. The genius of this CD is that the music as originally assembled always held its own. Th extra stuff you can skip altogether.
A lot of the credit also goes to Eddie Offord, who basically was the sixth Yes man, very much the George Martin of their careers. His sense of final assembly was absolutely perfect. Yes was never the same without him. Keyboard players could come and go, but it was Offord who took their grand ambitions and made them work so phenomenally.
If you know the music, no point in gilding it. Curiously though, when you listen to Anderson roll the poetry of the title track, you can't help but wonder if, had you altered the rhythm just a bit more to the blues or funk, whether or not in fact he had just created hip-hop. Now there's something that ought to out-rage Mathers, Cent and Didhe. Who would have guessed....