Close To The Edge (album) by Yes

Close To The Edge
Close To The Edge by Yes
Year: 1972
Overall rank: 105th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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From 5 days ago
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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From 12/19/2019 00:29
Almost a perfect Prog album, and probably the best introductory prog album for people looking to get into the genre, considering how radio friendly and positive a lot of the music is despite it's length and complexity. I personally think You and I is lacking a bit in the songwriting department and goes on a little too long, but I still love the music itself. Siberian Khatru is the best song they ever wrote if you ask me.
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From 10/22/2019 10:03
Excellent album! I love the playfulness and light-heartedness when compared to other prog rock albums.
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From 03/24/2019 22:54
Went back and forth between this and a perfect score for so long. The epitome of prog and some of the finest instrumentation ever on a rock album. An incredible band at its peak
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From 03/12/2019 12:59
I bought this album when it came out in 1972... I was familiar with their previous two albums..but this was at a whole new level. "and you and I' was the first song that I listened to is so beautiful and musically complex. then it was "close to the edge" if they only recorded the beginning sounds of chirping birds that would have been great. I've read that a few band members left because of the fighting while making this album. but it always seems that a bands best work happens through struggle and hard work..this album is an amazing achievement..and it still sounds fresh except for the quality of the CD..really bad.the album sounds much better. It is sad that this album received little airplay, at least in Cincinnati. I assume because of the length of the songs...even the 45 version of "and you and I' never caught we never sold 1 copy at our chain in the 5 years I worked there. while their albums "the yes album" and "fragile" sold every week. those albums pale in comparison to the brilliance of "close to the edge" I am surprised that it has received such a low(85) ratings on this website
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From 03/12/2019 03:20
Talk about transcendence... This album (and Yes in general) is so complex and idiosyncratic, yet none of it feels forced. It's like they threw a bunch of rocks and spaghetti at a birch tree, casting a spell and knowing that it would give birth to a magical unicorn. I love how the title track opens and closes with the sounds of the birds chirping. It makes you feel like you're out in the forest and a secret portal is opening up to transport you to a magical dream world, and once the song is over you really feel like a part of your psyche has been permanently changed. The whole thing is amazing and the ending is so cathartic and elevating it makes me want to cry. It's one of the greatest sidelong epics in all of rock and roll, up there with Supper's Ready, Lizard, Echoes, and A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers. Best of all though, the remaining 2 tracks of the album are just as good! And You and I is so heartwarming and inspiring, and you can really feel communicated through your spirit the internal yearning for peace and tranquility. It's just pure emotion; so pure, irresistible and life affirming. Then Siberian Khatru might be my favorite of all. It sounds like you are flying through outer space and watching shooting stars all around. The way it fades out sounds so infinite, like the feeling introduced through the song, and indeed the whole album, will always be carried with you and forever alter your mind in a beautiful way. Absolutely one of the greatest albums of all time. :)
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From 02/09/2019 18:45
When a band member leaves because the work cannot possibly be topped, you know you have a masterpiece.
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From 01/08/2019 03:40
The bible of prog. The title track will beat up your brain and turn it into mush with the very essence of prog itself.
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