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Editors’ Notes

Close to the Edge remains one of the definitive progressive rock albums of the ‘70s. Featuring the side-length title cut, the album defined the ambitions and the excesses of the era with brilliant playing, inspired performances, and unusual approaches to a rock music that was merging with something beyond psychedelia but not quite classical. Drummer Bill Bruford would leave after the album's completion, but not before adding some tough time signature challenges that when combined with bassist Chris Squire's constantly searching bass lines create the uncoiling of a very lethal snake. The original album featured just three cuts. The ten-minute epic "And You And I" features some of guitarist Steve Howe's most inspired playing, while the modest in comparison "Siberian Khatru" similarly shows off the band's perfectionism. The expanded version of the album includes an additional four tracks, including the single edit version of Paul Simon's "America," a three minute edit of "Total Mass Retain" from the title track and an alternate version of "And You And I" that finds the band still searching for the song's magic point.

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Never Lost Its Luster

I have been listening to this album for decades and it still makes my heart race. When I was a teenager in the 70's, this album literally changed the direction of my life on the day I first listened to the was that powerful, and I believe it is still as potentially influential today. It has its flaws, but they pale in significance to the majestic quality of this is not merely a good album, it is a great album. Close To The Edge is a brilliant collaboration by musicians who are both masters of their instruments and visionary in the concepts they recorded. If you love progressive rock and have never heard these songs, I recommend this album without any reservation.

Warning: this version chops off the beginning of Siberian Khatru

I strongly agree with all the praise from other reviewers: it's hard to overrate such a brilliant, powerful musical statement. So why am I giving it 4 stars? Because I want all of the 3 original songs from the album, and this "Remastered" version inexplicably chops off the first 6 seconds of Siberian Khatru. (To be honest, I'm amazed that no one's mentioned this yet.) Check out iTunes's other version of the same album: the song is 9:00, compared to 8:54 here. And I'm not being picky: iTune's "Remastered" version actually starts in the middle of Howe's guitar riff, in the middle of a measure. If you're happy with it and don't know the difference, I guess that's fine. But once you've heard (or remembered) the missing intro, it's a bad jolt to hear this one. FWIW, I mentioned this to iTunes, and they were nice enough to give me a credit, so I downloaded the true, complete version: like being reunited with heaven.

yes close to the edge and back tour 2008

This is easily the greatest album i have ever listened to. From Rick Wakeman's organ solo in Close to the Edge to the acoustic guitar of Steve Howe in And You And I there are so many epic parts to this album. Bruford is drumming at his most precise and his best with yes, Squire is pushing the music along like a madman, Wakeman is on his game. The first of Yes' sidelong beasts and argurably the finest piece of music to come out of the prog movement in the early 70's


Formed: 1968 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Far and away the longest lasting and the most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, Yes proved to be one of the lingering success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock band. Their audience remained huge because they had always attracted younger listeners drawn to their mix of daunting...
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Close to the Edge (Deluxe Edition), Yes
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 2003

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