CLOSE TO THE EDGE
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Limited 24KT SACD audiophile edition of this 1972 album from the iconic British Prog Rock band. Close To The Edge, their 5th studio album, nd was released on Atlantic Records and reached #4 on the UK Albums Chart and #3 on the US Billboard 200.
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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
My biggest problem with Yes's albums in the early seventies is that (as I've said many times before) much of Wakeman's keyboard work seems to border on distortion-the church organ segment on CTTE actually WAS distorted....and that musically, beautiful mellotron break in And You And I...again, dirt.
The remix has "smoothed" those issues out considerably. Another positive is the improvement of the cacophonous intro; while this never sounded too bad, it's much cleaner sounding here to the point where each individual instrumental part is much easier to discern (there's quite a bit of channel re-placement in this remix). This is even MORE evident in the closing portion of the album where the opening theme returns. On the original mix, I've always heard this as an awful mess. Wilson's done a very good cleanup job here while still retaining the "bite" of the original album. I think one of his best 'tricks" is the way he spreads out the sound where, originally, there was clutter.
The drums, while still having that signature Bruford "snap' to them, have a more spread out texture here. My only complaint (if I had to have one) is that some of Chris Squire's very low end "stomp" bass notes and runs have been pushed back a bit in the aural landscape. Maybe this was to create a better overall mix with relation to the other "adjustments" but I did always like the upfrontness of his sharp , grinding bass tone/attack.
Overall, though, I'm quite happy with it...and there is a LOT on here (in speaking of the bluray). You could spend two whole nights of music listening with this thing (and when you're done you'll want to go back and re-listen).
You know, I can sum this up in three words.
We Have Heaven.
Early Yes was not for everyone. I hardly knew many other kids as into the music as I was back then. Verging on adolescence, a magical time with this mystical music as a soundtrack for the few in our quirky little club. Our Yes, our time, in what has become a far away memory as if from some whole other world so much different from this one. I feel a kinship with all of you who have come here to express your fellow love and fond nostalgia for these sounds from our youth. There is no better version than this one to, for just a few moments, coax our mind to get lost again in that old world from that old time. Our time.
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