Close to the Edge

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
With 1971's Fragile having left Yes poised quivering on the brink of what friend and foe acknowledged was the peak of the band's achievement, Close to the Edge was never going to be an easy album to make. Drummer Bill Bruford was already shifting restlessly against Jon Anderson's increasingly mystic/mystifying lyricism, while contemporary reports of the recording sessions depicted bandmate Rick Wakeman, too, as little more than an observer to the vast tapestry that Anderson, Steve Howe, and Chris Squire were creating. For it was vast. Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," plus a side-long title track that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
With 1971's Fragile having left Yes poised quivering on the brink of what friend and foe acknowledged was the peak of the band's achievement, Close to the Edge was never going to be an easy album to make. Drummer Bill Bruford was already shifting restlessly against Jon Anderson's increasingly mystic/mystifying lyricism, while contemporary reports of the recording sessions depicted bandmate Rick Wakeman, too, as little more than an observer to the vast tapestry that Anderson, Steve Howe, and Chris Squire were creating. For it was vast. Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years. Close to the Edge would make the Top Five on both sides of the Atlantic, dispatch Yes on the longest tour of its career so far and, if hindsight be the guide, launch the band on a downward swing that only disintegration, rebuilding, and a savage change of direction would cure. The latter, however, was still to come. In 1972, Close to the Edge was a flawless masterpiece.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Friday Music
  • UPC: 829421900429
  • Catalog Number: 9004
  • Sales rank: 37,668

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yes Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman Keyboards, Group Member
Jon Anderson Vocals
Bill Bruford Percussion, Drums
Steve Howe Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Chris Squire Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Mike Dunne Tape
Technical Credits
Rick Wakeman Composer
Jon Anderson Composer
Steve Howe Composer
Yes Arranger, Producer
Roger Dean Cover Design, Paintings, Logo, Cover Art
Barry Diament Mastering
Eddy Offord Producer, Engineer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Art Rock Masterpiece

    This is Yes's finest album . I have owned it since it was first released and consider it one of my top 10 releases of all time . Every musician should hear this recording , it is a masterpiece of creativity and dexterity . The title cut is almost impenetrable in places but is still an amazing piece of work . And You And I is the bands finest , most listenable song . Siberian Khatru may be the weakest cut , but it is still better written and performed that 95 % of every thing ever recorded . This may be the finest example of the Art Rock era .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best progressive rock I've ever heard

    This album is an astonishing stew of influences that only improves upon repeated listens (the first time is often not enough with a record like this). Each of the five members contributes virtuoso-like riffs and melodies to contribute to the overall effect, which is that of an album-long ode to adventure, musical creativity and spirituality. My favorite track has to be 'And You And I' which is simply the most beautiful thing Yes ever wrote. Anyone curious about the whole 70s prog thing needs to listen to this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great faith album

    And you and I should always admire the attempts of great artists such as YES to come closer to the knowledge of the mystery of life, and with such a positive attitude. For me the album comes alive thanks to Jon Anderson and Steve Howe principally, and Chris Squire.Wakeman and Bruford are very good but I've never liked their negative attitudes.They went along with the project as best they could but their hearts were elsewhere. Do you think Bill Bruford should have quit the group to go and play with the competition precisely when YES were at their peak? I really don't think so. And Wakeman left one album later, arguing personal reasons and maybe lack of integration into the flow of creativity of Anderson/Howe Topographics masterpiece. I specially like the Eclipse movement and the transition from part two and three of Close to the edge. although all the album has special parts. The lyrics of Jon and how he sings them are specially interesting, how he makes emphasis on tone and structure. YES to me will always be a great multicultural band made out of virtuoso musicians.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Number one of all times

    This is best the progressive album ever.A kind of invention.Yes looks as if they are coming from other planets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album

    This is my favorite album ever. Every second of every song is pure briliance. BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Yes Album Ever

    Simply the best and purest Yes album. Well worth revisiting in CD Form.

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    Posted December 5, 2008

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