Close to the Edge, Yes's follow-up to the 1971 smash album Fragile, has been called the greatest progressive rock album of all time, and with good reason. Although Yes had a tough act to follow, they delivered an essentially superior record less than one year later. Indeed, this is their magnum opus.
At a length of just under 38 minutes, Close to the Edge is vast, yet it is comprised of only three tracks. Delicate textures of acoustic guitar and keyboards, punctuated by thoughtful drumming and blistering bass lines, populate these intricate arrangements. Lead singer Jon Anderson's high-pitched and ethereal voice soars above it all. The main attraction is the side-long title track, which represents the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of everything that Yes worked toward over the previous five years.
In the enormous output of a band that has been active for forty years, Close to the Edge represents the ultimate in musical creation. This timeless classic transcends genre clichés and is a wonderful addition to any record collection.
180g Audiophile Vinyl
1/2 Speed Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1/2 Speed Mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music
Includes the 18+ minute title track
Includes original art elements by Roger Dean
Poly-lined LP sleeve
Vinyl poly album sleeve
Jon Anderson, vocals
Bill Bruford, percussion
Steve Howe, guitars, vocals
Chris Squire, bass, vocals
Rick Wakeman, keyboards
1. Close to the Edge: The Solid Time of Change/Total Mass Retain/I Get Up
2. And You and I: Cord of Life/Eclipse/The Preacher the Teacher/Apocalypse
3. Siberian Khatru