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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 ›
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I picked this album up about a few months ago at my local thrift store for about $2 and it was practically a steal given how good this album is. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Manny J.
excellent album, as I remember ,with great drumming by Bruford, have never been into alan white,who has really layed down in recent years.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Full loud remaster - bonus tracks add little of note but always nice to have more classic Yes.Published 3 months ago by Choral Director