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Expanded Yes CD+DVD-A edition (compatible with all DVD and DVD Rom players) produced by Porcupine Trees Steven Wilson features 5.1 DTS and High Resolution Stereo mixes, plus hi-res original album mix and numerous audio extras, new sleeve notes and rare photos and archive material.
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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
inkling that all of Fragile was on side A, and CLOSE TO THE EDGE. So, the experience was eclipsing the understanding of what was happening, I presume. I never knew until about 2-3 years later what had happened. and
now, with the booklet, the lyrics written out, I can see the words working in what are interlacing words, like
"rounds" which I had been doing at the time in some Rock bands, but in no way near as complex ( obviously ) as what
YES were doing, but I could at least "feel" what was happening. So, whilst my initial impressions of I Get up I get
down, was I suspect very stronger, since I was not thinking, just listening. And so the movement, as it went into
Seasons of Man, was far more organic on first listens, but at this stage of life, I suspect I understand more,
although I probably do not, but I am sure that I still enjoy the music immensely.Going into Track 2, AND YOU AND I,
with its harmonic tuning was something I knew from bands at the time, but is something I understand more now at
this time in life ( I suspect, but once again, whether true or not, the music still remains pre-eminent).Part 3 of
AND YOU AND I has the flow of the guitar which starts out the first part, but weaved with the keyboard stylus.So,
the end comes with the finesse of the start, but the organic flow of the initial movement.Track 3, part of the
original Album, was and is a great experience, and whilst my impression of it is governed by it being heard without
any pre-conceptions, the fact that I now know that this album was done close to live ( like some other bands at
the time in Britain ) is an awesome retrospective, and with the remaster and remix, I can hear just so much more,
which is the biggest bonus I can ever ask for as someone who learned to enjoy this album just by listening over 30
The rest of the tracks, 4 to 7, are definite bonuses. You can get to hear the single they have done, and
the alternate versions, including a "run Through" of track 3 which is about as close to pristine as you can get if
you realize that it is live in the studios.
As far as the recording goes, the original 2 channel recording suffered, in my opinion from a tinny, harsh sound without much bass. Unfortunately,This recording has the same problems as the 2 channel recording although, to my ears, Siberian Khatru has somewhat better fidelity that the 2 channel recording. If you are a diehard Yes fan, or a musician, I recommend this recording for its increased detail. The bonus recordings of earlier takes are very enlightening.
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