Close To The Edge (studio album) by Yes

Close To The Edge
Close To The Edge by Yes
Year: 1972
Overall rank: 95th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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85/100 (from 1,267 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1972 (4th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1970s (24th)
Award Top 100 albums of all time (95th)
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YES LIVE AT THE FORUM CA USA 3.18.1974 LONGER & UPGRADE CLOSE TO THE EDGE
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85/100
From 06/18/2021 15:02
amazing phenomenal unparalleled reality
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From 06/06/2021 11:23
This album took me so long to get into but with all the positive reviews I just had to persevere, that perseverance eventually bought me one of my top ten albums of all time, it is a thing of beauty that will never grow old, it’s not a great place to start, I would say ‘The Yes Album’ is a good introduction and much easier to get into and almost condition you for the majesty of ‘Close To The Edge’. Never give up as you will be richly rewarded.
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From 05/27/2021 17:13
At least I liked the parts without vocals...
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From 01/09/2021 11:43
Vocals and lyrics leave a lot to be desired, but the music is beyond words.
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From 01/01/2021 01:43
This is about as good as prog gets. Close to the Edge > DSOTM.

However, Animals and Wish You Were Here top this album.

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From 07/07/2020 16:39
It is very good when you listen to it. I would say a great work. I like the First Song very much and the last song is very good very good Progressive music like Rush.
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From 07/07/2020 00:17
Everything came together and it works like pure magic
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From 05/28/2020 15:20
The best prog album ever made.
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From 05/08/2020 22:16
Bill Bruford (the drummer) came up with the title "Close to the Edge" because he felt that Yes was on the edge of a precipice with this album. Take the eponymous title cut for instance. Yes, it is epic in every way but IMHO what makes it transcendentally epic is the transition from III. I Get Up, I Get Down to IV: Seasons of Man from 14:50-15:50 which leads to the song's closing: so perfect that Rush could do nothing but listen to this and weep since they would never come close to this kind of perfection. And this is not to take away from the rest of the song. Bill Bruford himself would say of Chris Squire (the bassist) after the latter's passing: "Whenever I think of him, which is not infrequently, I think of the over-driven fuzz of the sinewy staccato hits in Close to the Edge (6’04” and on) or a couple of minutes later where he sounds like a tuba (8’.00”)."
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From 02/03/2020 12:31
Can't believe that weird little style of Captain Beefheart actually had some traction, and I can't believe Yes actually managed to turn it into something catchy. I have the feeling Pink Floyd liked their vocals.
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