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Yes - Close To The Edge
Rhino Records
By MuzikMan
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2003-09-04
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Artist: Yes (www.yesworld.com)
Title: Close To The Edge
Label: Rhino Records (www.rhino.com)
Genre: Rock/British Psychedelia, AOR, Pop, Progressive, Art, Symphonic
Format: CD-Expanded and Remastered

My first thought when I think of Yes music is "musical genius." Their music has always pulled me out of my reality and right into a completely different zone, and I like that.

Rhino Records has been steadily remastering and reissuing the Yes catalog with bonus tracks and insightful liner notes that put each period of time the band recorded a particular album into proper perspective. Close to the Edge is no exception when it comes to the consistency of excellence that the label demands of itself. The sound on this CD is quite simply, magnificent.

This album is arguably one of the first true progressive rock albums ever recorded. It was 1972 and music was on the brink of many changes and Yes was right in the middle of it all. The opening suite "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," which lasts for nearly 19 minutes, set the precedence for this genre of music and for the band for many years to come. Their ability to record such complex compositions such as the title track and release a pop flavored single such as the bonus track "America," gave them a cross over appeal that most bands that played music along the same lines simply could not hope to accomplish. How can you go from one distinctly intricate symphonic prog-rock piece of music and switch over to a rock-pop format with songs that had a hit single appeal and still sound the same but different all at the same time? It sounds crazy but that is exactly what this band has been doing for over thirty years now. With Jon Anderson's one of a kind vocals, Steve Howe's striking guitar, Rick Wakeman's built in orchestra with his keyboards and Chris Squire (bass) and Bill Bruford (drums) the anchors of the ship, they were ready to set sail. The good ship Yes would get underway time after time but some of the sails would change as each album was recorded, which never stopped their creative flow. This album kept the stream of creativeness going that the two previous albums The Yes Album and Fragile had begun. The best part about it was that there was a lot more to come.

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- 18:36
2. And You And I I: Cord of Life II. Eclipse III. The Preacher The Teacher IV. Apocalypse - 10:13
3. Siberian Khatru - 8:57

Bonus Tracks:
4. America (Single Version) 4:03 - Atlantic single #2899 (7/17/72)
5. Total Mass Retain (Single Version) 3:20 - Atlantic single #2899 (7/17/72)
6. And You And I (Alternate Version) 10:21 - (Previously Unissued)
7. Siberia (Studio Run-Through of "Siberian Khatru") 9:19 - (Previously Unissued)

Lineup 1972:
Rick Wakeman - Keyboards
Jon Anderson - Vocals
Bill Bruford - Percussion, Drums
Steve Howe - Guitar, Vocals
Chris Squire - Bass, Vocals
Yes - Arranger, Producer
Roger Dean - Design, Photography, Cover Design, Paintings, Logo, Cover Art


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