Close to the Edge [Blu-ray]
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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, November 11, 2008
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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
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as good as I remember it. I think remastering might have made all the vocals and instruments brighter, but they don't seem to be as blended and transcendent as I remember. Read morePublished 4 days ago by C. Beltran
Steven Wilson is an artist and a genius. His efforts add to the splendor of this music which was essential to my youth.Published 23 days ago by Kenneth ODonnel
Yes were the soundtrack of my teenage years and as an adult I rediscovered them a few years ago and realized how good we had it that much of these records were played on the radio. Read morePublished 25 days ago by P. Aaron Jones
Without question, the best mix/master of this album. I own the MoFi OMR on vinyl and this literally slays it. This album renewed my faith in digital recordings.Published 1 month ago by Blues38Pavol
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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.
Nov 1, 2014 by readernut | See all 2 posts
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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