Close to the Edge

Yes - Close to the Edge
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Based on 2 reviews
1972 Ratings: #14 / 82
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Based on 162 ratings
1972 Ratings: #12
September 13, 1972 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic / Label
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Close to the Edge is a perfect recording of pure progressive rock. Of all the prog bands of the seventies, Jon Anderson and Yes were the best at conveying emotion through incredible, long tracks. With the intensity of classical composers of yore, Yes crafts songs of beauty and brilliance. The album is simply flawless.

Favorite Tracks: all of them, especially Close to the Edge.
Rare prog album I like
Out of all progressive rock, there are some beautiful gems, and some over-saturated pieces of horseshit. Lots of prog rock incorporates too many synths and instrumental compositions, not enough rock to go with the prog.
But on Close to the Edge, a happy medium is found. There are electronic influences that are embedded into the dominantly rock soundscapes, just enough so they stand out. The guitars and basses perfectly flow into each other, and the drumming takes over the tones, to perfectly ... read more
A progressive rock masterpiece. I’m just not sure what I can say about this album, it has so much. It’s absolutely flawless. The production is so crisp and fulfilling. Every member is giving their all, from Howe’s wonderful guitar riffs, to Chris Squier’s growly bass grooves and melodies, with Bruford’s spot on drums, Wakeman’s virtuoso key work, and Anderson’s majestic vocals. They all come together to form 3 long masterpieces that manage to be tight ... read more

Often regarded as Yes’s masterpiece, and I fully agree with that statement. Kind of. It’s not my favorite of all time, but it’s definitely up there. It’s nearly as ambitious as Tales From Topographic Oceans, featuring only three tracks that span almost 40 minutes. I can’t say much about Close To The Edge that hasn’t already been repeated by thousands of people ad nauseam, so I’ll just tell you to go listen to it for yourself and experience ... read more
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Track List

  1. Close to the Edge
    1. The Solid Time of Change
    2. Total Mass Retain
    3. I Get Up I Get Down
    4. Seasons of Man
  2. And You and I
    1. Cord of Life
    2. Eclipse
    3. The Preacher the Teacher
    4. The Apocalypse
  3. Siberian Khatru
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