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Close to the Edge [Blu-ray]

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The first in a series of expanded Yes CD+Blu-ray editions produced by Porcupine Trees Steven Wilson featuring new 5.1 & stereo mixes, a new instrumental album mix, and much more, plus Roger Dean artwork, new sleeve notes, rare photos and archive material. Also available as a CD+DVD set.

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  • Number of Discs: 2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (614 customer reviews)
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335 of 342 people found the following review helpful By DS on September 9, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Audio
Amazon must have attributed all of the reviews from other remasters to this version. This accounts for the misinformation regarding which remaster this is by some reviews. Here is the real product description as this is a brand new 5.1 mix by Steven Wilson:

A new edition of the progressive rock masterpiece from 1972, the first in a series of Yes albums to get the deluxe remix treatment. Featuring new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes by Steven Wilson from the original multitrack reels, and transferred flat at 96K/24 bit. Also included are a flat transfer of the original stereo mix, instrumental mixes, and other bonus material.

Presented in a mini vinyl replica gatefold card sleeve with booklet featuring new sleeve notes by Sid Smith, along with rare photos and archive material, the album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson and is fully approved by Yes.

The CD features a new stereo album mix, plus a new mix of America and an early mix of Close to the Edge.

Contains original artwork by Roger Dean who has overseen the artwork for this new edition.

The Blu-Ray features:

- 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround (24bit/96khz) mixed from the original multi-channel recordings.
- the new stereo album mix in DTS-HD Master Audio (24bit/96khz).
- the original album mix and America in a DTS-HD Master Audio flat transfers from the original master tape source. (24bit/192khz)
- exclusive instrumental versions of all new mixes in DTS-HD Master Audio stereo (24bit/96khz).
- exclusive needle-drop of an original UK vinyl A1/B1 pressing transferred in 24bit/96khz audio.
- numerous audio extras appear in high-resolution stereo including single edits & studio run throughs of album tracks
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94 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on October 22, 2006
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I don't think that enough good things can be said about this 1972 album, which many feel was (and is) the definitive Yes album. In fact, Bill Bruford also felt this way and left Yes after Close to the Edge to join the ranks of King Crimson. He was quoted as saying that the band would never top the perfection of Close to the Edge. As a huge Yes fan (they are my favorite prog act), I personally feel that this album is simply superb. Although subsequent albums would also feature greatness, Close to the Edge works incredibly well as a complete work that fuses album cover art, music, and lyrics together in one seamless totality.

The group members at this point include the classic lineup of Chris Squire (bass, vocals); Rick Wakeman (mellotron, moog, Hammond organ, piano); Steve Howe (electric, acoustic guitars); Bill Bruford (drums and percussion); and Jon Anderson (vocals). I should also note that Eddy Offord (as the producer) was also considered to be part of the band and in fact appears on the back cover as a "sixth" member. I think it goes without saying that all of the musicians in Yes were positively top shelf and were true virtuosos. The individual and group ensemble work on close to the Edge is breathtakingly complex and the arrangements are incredible - everything flows from one piece to the next seamlessly.

The magnum opus Close to the Edge (18:50) is a fantastic composition that more or less follows a sonata form. This is an incredible piece of music and an excellent structural analysis of Close to the Edge is provided by Edward Macan in his book Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture (1997).
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mark D Burgh on February 1, 2004
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Great works have a sense of inevitabilty about them - you can feel secure that you won't be let down when your enter their artistic space. Close to Edge is epitome of English Rock - call it prog or not, Yes created the finest work of music to come out of the rock movement. Thirty-some years ago when I first heard this album, I was captivated, and through the years, I've remained enthralled with this music, never growing tired of it, never becoming bored, even though I may have listened to CTTE over fifteen thousand times.
The reason this music holds up so well is that for a summer in 1972 Yes achieved a perfect confluence of talent, opportunity, and technique. Jon Anderson finally had the total vision he had strived for since starting the band: five of the best musicians in the rock world, tempered by touring and recording, and informed by all the influences each brought to the mix. Rick Wakeman was largely the movitativing force in the creation of the mature Yes sound, not because he was one of the two best keyboard players in England, but because he had an inborn feeling for structure, and what makes CTTE work, and keep on working is the stucture of the main piece and the two other pocket symphonies on the album.
Close to the Edge has been described as a Sonata, a musical form that introduces and then explores themes and variations, returning in the last movement to main theme. This structure gives the work a unity that eluded most of the other prog rock epics, including some of Yes's own.
Listening to Close to the Edge now, the craftsmanship is even more apparent to me than when I first heard it in 1972.
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DSD? would you like that in the standard Stereo?? Or would you prefer mono? This disc gets the royal remake treatment over to DTS-HD-MA 5.1 and you want to complain about not using 24 year old Sony DSD tech? Please in the future refrain from crabbing about DSD (direct stream digital) tech,... Read More
Feb 26, 2015 by boc_spectre |  See all 3 posts
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They should have remastered it to DSD if you ask me. Then go from there with PCM resamples etc. I would have bought the blu-ray if it had DSD as well as the PCM. Most of us 'philes' are going to DSD - sounds better than PCM no matter the resolution IMO.
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