Close to the Edge is the fifth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes. It was released on 13 September 1972 by Atlantic Records, and is their last album of the 1970s to feature their original drummer Bill Bruford. After scoring a commercial and critical hit with Fragile and touring the album, Yes regrouped to prepare material for a follow-up, ideas for which had been put down some months before. The album's centrepiece is the 18-minute title track, with themes and lyrics inspired by the Herman Hesse novel Siddhartha. Side two contains two non-conceptual tracks, the folk-inspired "And You and I" and the straightforward rocker "Siberian Khatru". Bruford found the album particularly laborious to make, which culminated in his decision to quit the band after it was recorded, to join King Crimson. Close to the Edge became the band's greatest commercial success at the time of release. It peaked at No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, the highest position Yes has reached on the latter chart. A two-part edit of "And You and I" was released in the US which reached No. 42 on the Billboard Hot 100. Yes supported the album with their 1972–1973 world tour which comprised over 90 dates and marked the debut of drummer Alan White, who replaced Bruford three days before the tour started. Close to the Edge was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1998 for selling one million copies. It was reissued in 1994, 2003, and 2013; the latter includes previously unreleased tracks and new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes by Steven Wilson. In 2020, Close to the Edge was ranked at #445 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.Wikipedia
This album is super important for what it is and also what it isn't. What it is is one of the most pure distillations of prog rock and rock's musical excesses (if not necessarily the chemical excesses). But its overwritten, ornate Baroqueness helped to inspire punk music as a reaction against this brand of complex-for-the-sake-of-complex tryhard bullshit. Prog and punk happen to be my two favorite subgenres, so this one is extra meaningful to me. Beloved for three perfect songs (out of a possible three, hah!), if not any semblance of brevity. One more thing before I hit submit: early on in the title track there is a happy, sweet guitar melody that could have been a lead on a Queen song. Much later the same motif returns as a more sinister and dissonant version with ugly-sounding harmonics from a ring modulator. It's fuckin sick and it demonstrates my favorite joke about prog rock. If you don't like what you're hearing, wait five minutes.
This is one of my all-time top 5 favorite albums. Truly a masterpiece from start to finish. 5 stars.
An absolute masterpiece of progressive rock. Long-winded gorgeous songs with so many moving parts. It's not for everybody, but it is most definitely for me.
it's literally my favorite album and every time I listen to it it's as exactly good as the first time.
Prog is not a four letter word. Embrace the dramatic power.
Such a thrilling album! It felt like an adventure from beginning to end! Beautiful sounds, great dynamics, perfect length, wonderful ambience.
I tried. Music from the head not from the heart yo. Listened to some Christy Moore instead though that was banging.
Prog at it's best. 10/10
LOVE the transitions. This album is super cool
I've only ever listened to Fragile but damn did I love this one. The first track may have been 19min, but it did not feel like it at all. Great prog with a lot of fun influences. Favorite track: "Close to the Edge"
Very very special and interesting. Sometimes it has supertramp vibes, others reminds me of Pink Floyd
This is it folks. One of the few moments where I can excitedly proclaim that the fans of a genre have made listening to something unpalatable. I have not touched prog rock, because prog rock has some of the douchiest shithead fan bases I have ever met. But this right here is an easy five, from the almost storytelling soundscapes to the beautiful use of old and new instrumentation. And the vocals have a great Glam/Folk Fusion sound that I love.
What a wild ride. Very fun album. Some of early progressive's finest.
I love Yes! <3
This is already one of my favorite albums
YES! YES! YES! Must listen for all prog fans.
ODÖDLIG KLASSIKER TITELSPÅRET ÄR 7/5
Me acuerdo cuando me cagaba el rock progresivo y me da risa. 5 ESTRELLAS.
Probably my favorite Yes album that I've listened to
not much to say this is a masterpiece
I love prog. Can’t decide on my least favourite track on Close to the Edge.
10/10. Prog Rock gold.
this record blew me away in a way i was not expecting. 5/5
This one was definitely hard to wrap my head around and needed a second listen. Even as a fan of progressive metal I found Close to the Edge pretty overwhelming. It's easily enough material for two full rock albums pressed into one 18 minute song. The question of how good it is - outside of just being complex - is a different one. While I enjoy the different styles and experimentation, I am sort of missing a feeling of cohesiveness where the different styles and elements would point in the same direction. Another point of objection is the vocals, which are somewhat bland and don't feel like they do justice to the mind-boggling instrumentation. This turned out a difficult one to rate as well. I'd like to give a 4.5, but I'll round it down because the Simon & Garfunkel was sort of awkward.
prog that doesn't make me want to die
This is our second Yes record out of our first 100 or so. I was really surprised by how much better this one held together for me. The intricacy of the arrangement feels much more melodic and restrained than Fragile. It's like they toned down the goofiness and came out the other side with a much more cohesive and moving record. Now I see what all the fuss is about. Favourite track: Close to the Edge
J'ai écouté cet album dans le train qui allait m'amener au Generator Hostel. Autant vous dire que j'en avais la boule au ventre et que je n'ai pas pu pleinement apprécier son contenu.
Now I understand why people aren't interested in prog. The shorter the tracks get, the better they are by far.
Amazing and the type of 80s rock i love
A classic piece of prog.
Does everything right I'd expect out a prog album. Three highly impressive tracks tied together by a central philosophical theme. Probably Yes's best album. Title track is divided in four movements. First movement is a perfect opener, which spiritual nature noises immediately setting off into insane guitar work that sounds so disjointed until abrupt breaks show they know what they're doing. It's symphonic and atmospheric, placing the audience in a position with any number of instruments and noises to shift focus on at any given moment. Vocalists are great, constantly shifting and matching the music. Good pacing, knowing exactly when to change in style to keep the music engaging while still retaining aspects like the chorus to maintain consistency. Geesh, when that organ hits in the third movement, swapping back and forth with the melancholic chorus. Love how the fourth movement largely reverts to the first but ties together the other two movements as well. Everything is tied up nicely in those last two minutes. It's a perfect track with no weak points at any minute in the song. The other two tracks on the second side also have good pacing and follow up on the themes discussed in the title track. "And You and I" is a mellower track, becoming triumphant in the middle. My favorite part in "Siberian Khatru" are the brief instruments about a quarter in, and also the vocal noises later. I don't how they're making many of the sounds in the album, but whatever they're doing it's working, drawing my attention while also being pleasing to hear, never overstaying their welcome.
5/5. Holy cannoli, I kinda slept on this one. Might actually be better than ITCOTCK
Absolutely enthralling. This album grabs balls and never lets go as it shifts from delight to delight.
Such a perfect, beautiful, creative, and progressive album that you’ll feel like you’re tripping even when you aren’t. This album turns your mind inside out. The first track, “Close to the Edge”, in its four part composition, might just be the greatest prog rock composition ever penned.
Yes is one of the few bands who can pull off an 18 minute song. This album is lush, very well constructed and contains moments which sound surprisingly contemporary. With its use of unusual rhythms and jazz fusion like melodic lines, this album pushes hard on what it means to be a ‘progressive rock’ band. At points this album sounds like contemporary indie folk before dropping into a fusion groove. The harmonies give a CSN vibe within a completely new format. Simply put, this album shouldn’t work, but it just does
The best prog-rock album ever made. Brilliant writing and instrumentation across the album. Just overall brilliant album.
Ok, progressivo!!! Muito bom mesmooooo!
Great, very remeninscing dont know from what though
5.5….classic of classics ,cut my rock and roll teeth on this album when it came out…awesome
What do you get when you combine the most creative and deft drummer in rock, the most phenomenal bass player in rock, the most nimble and unique guitarist in rock, the most masterful keyboardist in rock, and the most pure and beautiful tenor to ever front a band? You get Close to the Edge! What a soaring triumph of an album! :) Seriously though, these guys are all complete MASTERS of their craft individually. It's ASTONISHING! The fact that they all managed to be in the SAME BAND is practically a miracle. Yes' bassist was more integral to the band's sound than any other bassist of the 70s; the sound he got out of his bass is unreal; so visceral and punchy. Steve Howe's guitar work is insanely original; he plays so swiftly in a way I have never heard any other guitarist play, and I listen to a lot of guitar! Bill Bruford could play ANYTHING on the drums. Sure, he wasn't as loud as other famous 70s drummers, but he could play more intricate, complex rhythms than all of them by FAR. The keyboardist has literally written symphonies, so that should tell you something lol. And who in rock could belt out high tenor notes so beautifully and sweetly as Jon Anderson?? No other band of the 70s of the world could've written this album. None! The sheer creativity and technical skill it must've taken to write this album boggles my mind. As someone who plays several instruments and knows a good amount of music theory, this album dazzles me. This album is rich in complexity, and each new listen unearths new secrets. Even if you don't like it personally, if you are not exceedingly impressed by this composition then you aren't paying attention... While Yes, for some, symbolizes the excesses of progressive rock, I truly think the highs of Yes' music are among the very highest in ALL OF MUSIC. Period. I never knew how magical music could be until I found this group.
that was actually really good. Listened to the deluxe edition cause that’s what it showed, which added some cool songs and alternate versions. The first song felt like one large build, and the pay off made the strange guitar parts well worth it. Didn’t care for the third song as much as the first two but overall a great album.
Be sure to check out Steven Wilson's recent remastering of this album!
A prog masterpiece. The opening track especially just has such a drive to it and is constantly evolving that it's 18 minutes fly by. Various genres and styles are executed pretty perfectly and blended together seamlessly across the entire album. It's a real highlight of the prog golden age, and the best record of Yes' discography imho
Reminds me of high school. I wasn’t even alive in the 70’s (or the 80’s and most of the 90’s for that matter), I’m just a nerd.
the rhythm changes!! the vocals!! the organ!! the synergy!!! the guitar!! the drums the bass!!! the damn organ!! i feel enlightened.
I could throw so many adjectives at this album: lush, intricate, melodic, ambitious, funky, brilliant. They are of course amazing musicians, and this is them at their best, with songs that do justice to their ability. My favourite prog album.
Really liked this, the transitions especially some of them in "Close to The Edge..." were very unexpected but brilliant, I really enjoyed this.
oh holy shit 3 songs, 37+minutes. what in tarnation? Close To The Edge is heckin rad! woah what an incredible album
probably the best prog album there is
I love this album!! Already listened to it
This fucking album got recommended to me in 2008 from a guild member in World of Warcraft. We used to sync up music and shit in our spare time. This album came up, I think it's peak old man rock. Not to confused with Dad rock or butt rock.
I typically get sick of albums if I listen to them to often but Close to the edge is an exception, probably due to the fact that it’s so multi-layered and complex, and EVERY single band member is on top of his virtuosic game on this album. I wish I had some sort of counter so I could keep track of how many times I’ve played this since I discovered the band in the 70s. The 18 min opener is probably Yes’ magnum opus, it’s so chaotic yet so magnificently coherent when it gets going, and the climactic singing near end at the 17 minute mark never fails to give me goosebumps, every single fricking time! The other songs are all very solid, Siberian Khatru. This is Peak Prog and Peak Yes folks.
This is my jam. Timeless progressive rock.
I get up! I get doooown!! One of my favorite records ever and maybe THE definitive headphone album of all time. (Pink Floyd doesn’t have a pipe organ, sorry.) I haven’t listened to enough prog to really say this is the high mark of the genre, but it sure as shit feels that way. I really think it has so much to do with Jon Anderson’s voice. The rest of the band all go ten directions at once, but that voice - it always cuts through the mix and invites me in. In some ways, it’s a really sweet record; the main melody of “And You and I” feels like it could be a Cat Stevens song sung in a higher register. I think that’s what makes Yes the G.O.A.T. When they’re at their best, the vocals and melody isn’t there just to support the progressiveness of the composition of what the other instruments are doing. It soars above all that. But goddamn the instruments. Insane. The synthy moment in the 2nd movement of “And You and I” always makes me think of 2001: A Space Oddysey. It’s transportive and catharsis in such a specific way. Ditto that pipe organ in the title track. Craig, I’ll recommend finding a clip of them playing the title track live back in the day. They’re on YouTube. You kind of have to commit to taking in that song without doing anything else for it to click, but if it clicks look out. Also, you know damn well that a bunch of teens saw these dudes playing twenty minute songs while literally dressed in capes and were like, “Yeah, fuuuck that.” And thus punk was born. Which is awesome! But so is Yes.
Varför spelar inte jag i Yes?? Allt jag vill är att vara en progrockare med blommor i håret
Not first time listening to whole album. Not gonna be the last.
Not the first time listening to the whole album. Not going to be the last.
Killer album. I love Bruford's work here and in King Crimson. Progggggg
5/5. A wild and musically expressive album. There was no filler and each song stands out on its own. The lyrics don’t quite make sense but the voice is beautiful. It feels like I’m listening to a feeling.
Best Prog Rock, neo-classical, early synthesizer
The first song is utterly brilliant and that alone makes this a five for me.
Okay, this is really good timing. Saturday after next I'm going to see Yes's 50th anniversary tour for this album. I'm not super super familiar with this album like I am with Fragile, so let's give it another whirl! The opening title track is a right proper prog epic, with movements and subsections, leitmotifs and everything I want. Second track is also really catchy and proggy, but the bass stands out a lot, and I like that. So far, not really a bad song on the album. Good stuff!
One of my favourite albums already so I think you know what the score will be! This is dad rock and I stole it out of my dad's record collection..... These musicians were at the peak of their trade. It's a pleasure from start to finish. If some people want to pigeonhole this and close their ears that is their choice but this is pretty damned near perfect. Constantly changing and reinventing, never dull and played, produced and sang with a skill beyond 99% of todays wannabes. That slow building opening leading the the explosion of sound is like no other. It never lets up and stays with you for the rest of your life if you open your soul.
A masterpiece by one of the quintessential prog rock bands of the 70s.
Unapologetically prog. I like a lot of the transitions here, it goes all over the place but never feels off.
Title track is some great prog rock, the rest is lesser but it's yes and it's good
I liked this, different than most things I’ve listened too. I might check out more of their discography if I ever find the time.
Interesting album and a nice concept. Liked the sound a lot, just the last edge is missing for this to be 5 stars
I liked it. Very groovy.
Good album, solid instrumentals and musicianship. Not a lot of hooks but still enjoyable
bom mas música de 10 min é puxado
Pretty good! Enjoyable. A song came on from the Fragile album that I preferred to anything on this album though.
Bängeri Jännä psykadelisk rock typ?
I respect a three track album. This was a lot of fun.
Ich bin irgendwie zutiefst betroffen, dass es den Tod gibt und damit solcherlei Entdeckungen ganz unverschämt einschränkt sind; und doch bin ich auch von dieser Entdeckung zutiefst getröstet.
Supongo que el nivel de producción está muy pro y mas considerando la decada del disco. Pues a gusto, nada super monumental, pero sí me gustó. A ratos sí hay cosas muy wtf que se ve que son experimentos y no sé todos afortunados, pero bueno, es prog, el caso es experimentar y ser pro. Me gustaron sobre todo las 2 primeras canciones.
I liked it!
While it doesn't match Fragile's greatness, it's still a really good prog classic.
Yes always puts out some impressive music, this was about as par for the course for them as can be.
album is structured weirdly. listened to reg version and not deluxe btw. i thought it was pretty good though
pretty good; i still prefer Fragile
Great compositions and instrumentals that flow perfectly. good for a long listen and jam out session.
Wild arpeggio romp
70s Progressive Rock to its fullest extent. Rhythmic and varied album that you may not fully comprehend after the first listen. I think Close To The Edge will grow on me.
I'm not generally a huge fan of prog rock, but this is a fun album. It's a much happier and bouncier vibe than I'm used to from prog rock, which I generally associate with dour music. The last song really helped make the album for me 4/5
Un dels discos claus del prog rock, segurament part del triunvirat històric del gènere. I merescudament. La primera cara, tema titular, és per perdre's infinitament; sempre trobaràs nous racons on disfrutar. La segona no és gaire pitjor; un dels discos que fan honor a la seva fama
Only 3 songs but a great listen. Another 20 minute song downloaded 👌
Eles que tocam Roundabout! Sabia que conhecia de algum lugar
My preference for "prog rock that sounds like an elf wrote AND sings it" lies with Rush, but I can't deny that this album is good stuff. The practically nonsense lyricism isn't really my thing—when combined with the synths, shit gets real cheesy—but it takes a pretty clear backseat to the music anyway, and the music is spectacular. The more folk-y middle track lulls at times compared to the other two, but those tracks are strong enough to make up for it, the closing banger especially. Key Tracks: Close to the Edge, Siberian Khatru
I’m not really a big fan of prog outside of Pink Floyd nor do I particularly like Jon Anderson’s voice. However the bass goes bwoom.
I'm still confused, but I liked it overall.
It was good
For the prog rock purists. Three tracks on the album, with the title track clocking over 18 minutes, is going to be a challenge for most casual listeners. But Yes make it worth the time spent with beautiful, classical, cohesive music throughout each track. Not a moment of the 18 minutes is wasted and it’s all fantastically performed.
good stuff, very psychedelic
Weird feelings about this album. I hated the first half of the album, but I loved the other half...
I am going to preface this by saying I am really not a prog person. I don't have a lot of patience for overly ornate, concept driven, or long form music. That said, this album is really good. Whatever your taste, the musical prowess Yes displays here is undeniable. Steve Howe's guitar work is insane. Rick Wakeman's keyboards, just stunning. Jon Anderson has one of the more distinctive vocals you'll ever hear in rock music. They also showed a bit of restraint (!) in keeping the overall length of the album to 37 minutes, something I wish more artists would think about when attempting ambitious projects. I don't see myself coming back on my own to listen to this album much, if at all. But it was a good listen, glad I gave it a chance. Fave Song: And You and I
Un bon album de Yes, mais très progressif. 4.25
Pretty darn good stuff here.
Seen this album cover floating about online a few times, good to finally hear this. The first track is amazing and definitely does not feel its length of 18 mins, i love the dark fantasy vibes the lyrics give.
Yes are one of the cornerstones of prog rock. Makes we want to play a nice long game of Risk. Honestly the best track on the album is the cover of Paul Simon's America
Album incroyable, je n'aurais pourtant pas misé un copec dessus, ce qui me rapelle une anecdote que je vais vous partager. A l'époque où je passais mon examen du permis de conduire, j'ai proposé une très mauvaise performance face a mon examinateur. Le stress de l'examen me poussa a faire une erreur qui semblait éliminatoire. Je rentrais chez moi très déçu, et l'annonce du déroulé de l'examen à mes parents fit l'effet d'une bombe. Ils etaient fous de rage, me repprochant de ne pas avoir assez exercé la conduite avant de passer l'examen. Cependant, quelques jours plus tard, le resultat me parvint sous la forme d'une lettre recommandée. J'apprennais alors que j'avais réussi mon examen d'une courte tête, et était ainsi l'heureux titulaire du precieux sésame, au nez et a la barbe de mes géniteurs. Ceci prouve donc bien que cet album était excellent, et si l'on lit bien entre les lignes, on peut même deviner la note de 4/5.
Fantastic prog wibble.
This album is pretty good. If you're going to organize your songs into movements and tell a bunch of tales out of school about being inspired by studying a symphony, you better be breaking some new ground. Like I said, this was pretty good. It might have been a good move to find somebody who can sing. Best track: And You And I
I hate to admit it, but each of these Yes albums I've actually enjoyed. Maybe I should just embrace my secret inner Yes fan and start dressing up as a wizard, writing in Elvish and talking about how Tolkien is the greatest writer of all time. To Prog and beyond! Best Tracks: Close To The Edge; Siberian Khatru
I can't say I know a lot about Prog rock, but a quick scan through my record collection reveals I have more than I remember. I only own two Yes albums and both of them I would consider essential, but this is my first listen to Closer To The Edge start to finish. The first thing I noticed is that there are only 3 songs on the original record and the opener, the title track spans over the full side one. Their follow-up album, Tales From Topographic Oceans was a double album with 4 songs, one per side (yikes!). The songs are actually songs within the songs and there is lots going on and in the hands of other less competent musicians this could have been challenging, instead my tastes have evolved and it was not boring and was an enjoyable listen. I will say, yes to exploring other Yes albums in the future.
I like corny-ish prog rock. 8/10
8/10. Yes. Manageable length, and sounds good throughout.
8/10 cheesy at times but pretty cool
Classic Rock. Enjoyed it quite a bit.
Prog can often tread the line between excruciating and exciting. Fortunately , this album is far more the latter. Even if it’s not as dynamic as Rush (missing the gigantic feel of Neal Peart’s drumming) - I still enjoyed it. Fave tracks: “America” “Close To The Edge”
Very good Yes album, 3rd only in my eyes to 'The Yes Album' and 'Relayer'
I've only really heard of Yes in passing and I was so glad to say I really enjoyed this. It's certainly foundational to prog rock as a genre and was a great listen.
It's rare that an album starts with an 18 minute opener and still manages to maintain a coherence and progression throughout the record. The transition between movements within these lengthy prog-rock tracks work so well, I can see some influence on bands like Sigur Ros here. Fav Tracks: And You and I
This Yes album sounds fresh and tight compared to the first one that was on this list, this may have to do with what appears to be the best line-up of Yes to-date, I also read that they had just come off the road and had recorded this live in the studio which would create some tension but also allow for expansion of their sound. Being on the road may have been responsible for the tight sound. Good listen and good example of Prog Rock, intertwined with other genres, the first song creates a good listening experience. Would give this 3.5 stars bump up to 4. Favorite song: Close to the Edge
AAAAAH ! C’est surement pas une découverte pour personne, mais cet album est selon moi le meilleur à date. Une bonne balance d’inventivité et d’accessibilité. Chaque chanson a son lot de surprise et chacune est différente de la précédente, sans nuire à l’unité du tout. Chaque instrumentiste apporte un son caractéristique personnel, sans empiéter sur les autres. C’est aussi plutôt technique, mais ça respire et on n’est pas submergé sous une trop grande quantité de notes (contrairement à Todd Runngren par exemple).
I was ready to say no but I'll say a tentative YES. Prog rock fans claim this is one of the best of the genre, and who am I to disagree? It's odd to hear Jon Anderson's voice when I was only familiar with later Yes from the 80s like Owner of a Lonely Heart.
Assurément un classique du prog. Si ce n’était que du côté A occupé entièrement par la pièce-titre, on crierait au chef-d’œuvre. Or, le côté B n’est pas aussi fort. « And you and I » s’étire et offre quelques moment sirupeux et « Siberian Kathru », bien que très solide, est moins marquante que les deux autres pièces.
“I say right around minute 11 we get into a Beach Boys thing and then.. well, I don’t know, full on cathedral organ?” “Yeah let’s give it a go.” Or at least that’s how I’d like to think these things come together.
Now they don’t make music like that anymore, do they?
Cool and classy
4, This is my favourite prog rock I have heard so far
Very funky, loved the instrumentation. sort of wish the songs weren't so long so that i could add some of the shorter bits to playlists, but alas
This took me back to the first time I listened to Supertramp's "School." I can't believe I haven't heard of this band sooner. I love this kind of meandering prog rock. The instant the organ kicked in during the first track, I was smitten. I'm being stingy with my final star for my absolute all-time favorites, but I came pretty close to giving five stars to this album.
A solid record, made even better by my personal love and nostalgia for 70s prog rock. If you asked my 15 year-old self to review it, you'd probably hear nothing but praise. Myself now? I still think it's pretty good, and I'm glad I listened to it.
Progressiv rock, 70’er lyd, langeee numre, rimelig nice
Much more accessible than I expected. If you told me these guys had been listening to Coltrane and Bitches Brew when they were making this I’d totally believe it. The cover of “America” was an unexpected oasis of popcraft. Still not my favorite genre but I could add this to my collection for sure.
Yes packs more punch than most progressive groups, certainly more than Emerson, Lake & Palmer. If you’re a fan of progressive rock, you’ll love this record, and even if you tend to be wary of its eccentricities, like me, you’ll find plenty to like about it. Standout Tracks: Close to the Edge, Siberian Khatru
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Close to the edge
Legal para alguns momentos, bem diferente.
What an amazing piece of music. I have tried to take this record in a couple years before but it didn't resonate with me at all. I guess the rock was too progressive for me to comprehend. The unsung hero of the album is definitely the bass player. Chris Squire's tone is on another level. So gritty and raw. Absolutely loved the grooves that he came up with.
Nikad nisam previše volio yes ali ovaj album zvuči kao da su se beach boys najeli prrviše gljiva
Chaos at the start, really neat organ work. Couldn't get into "And You And I" "Siberian Khatru" is peak Yes
There’s an emotional element to this album so my rating is skewed. I’m hesitating between 4 & 5 but I’m going to go high 4*
I think if you had to put one song in a time capsule so future generations would know what prog-rock was, it would have to be "Close to the Edge". I like the way it starts off cacophonically and takes a few minutes for the different themes to unfold. Listening to it now I find the sound more guitar-oriented than I remember, though Chris Squires on bass has very active fingers. Rick Wakeman is surprisingly in the background but when it's solo-time he makes a big splash. The intro to "And You and I: is promising but the rest sounds too much like an attempt at a mid-seventies folk-rock radio hit. Siberian Khatru could be my favorite. It's the most melodic, with catchy harmonies and a dazzling (but short) harpsichord solo at ~3:00. Anyway it's good to have an album with only 3 songs to review. I find this LP more consistent than "Fragile".
I had the live album Yessongs which was released one year after Close to the Edge and had all three songs from that album. Years later, at a used record store, I found a copy of Close to the Edge that had my name written on it - literally. I can't make this stuff up. So, wtf, I bought it even though I already had the three songs on vinyl. This is Yes' best stuff. Rick Wakeman is in prime form as his solo around the 15 min mark of Close to the Edge shows. Steve Howe is also peaking. My challenge with Yes is their lyrics are so deep I doubt the authors even understand them. This album starts with "A seasoned witch could call you from the depths of your disgrace . . .". The words Depths of Despair" fit with the song's / album's title. OK I get it, I think, but by the 4th / 5th lines of the song I'm scratching my head. Howe and Wakeman are in such fine form. If there is a Yes album that can get a 5, this is it.
I wanted to hate this album so much. In principle, it’s the absolute antithesis of everything I love about music - overblown track lengths, virtuoso wankery and unbearably indulgent lyrical content. But I simply could not deny this album it’s classic status. Most of my enjoyment of this album boils down to one facet: Steve Howe. His guitar playing is undeniably brilliant, balancing virtuosity and innovation whilst also serving the actual songs. It’s a balance which definitely falters periodically, but this is true of the album as a whole - particularly on the first and last tracks. The second track was unquestionably my favourite, with a folk-infused opening which I absolutely loved. There are moments in which the production conforms to the cheesy archetype of prog rock calcified in my thinking. But even then, there are some sounds on this album which really are ahead of anything I’ve heard in the genre. Testament to this album’s intrigue for me is the fact that I actually listened to it a second time in the same day just to make sure I wasn’t imagining things, desperately scrambling for a reason to take a couple more stars off. But alas…
WOW. Was not expecting this at all. I knew they were prog, but I thought it'd be along the lines of Rush. This is a melodic Beefheart or Zappa at double tempo, and clearly influenced bands like Mars Volta and Black midi. Unreal for 1972! Though I will say the vocals are not really to my taste.
The guitar in 'Siberian Khatru' is sick as fuck
Definitely one of my favorite Yes albums. 100% essential progressive rock!
Not much of a prog rock fan and this isn't my favorite Yes album, but remarkable writing and musicianship.
Really enjoyed this album. The instrumentals and the progression is nice to listen to. Can't say I enjoyed any of the original tracks more than the others. The 'alternate' version and extras on the deluxe album were not as good as the three before them. Not a massive fan of the vocals but all the interesting stuff in the background makes up for it.
Wonderful album, really enjoyed this. Tons of complex layers of sounds; from guitars and drums to harmonized vocals and synths. Shades of King Crimson and Pink Floyd. Really enjoyed this album, didn't notice it was only 3 tracks until I went back for a second listen.
Veel toffe geluiden. Fan van het orgel enzo
3 very long songs I hope this turns out well… The album opens really interestingly with the title track it’s weird seamlessly weaving through multiple sections keeping the listener engaged for 18 minutes and 42 seconds the only bit I wasn’t too sure of was the middle bit where it just goes really slow ( but the church organs at the end of the section make up for it). And you and I is again a brilliant song with multiple parts to carry it through a very long time but this one doesn’t feel as epic it’s not as interesting but still good. The albums closer siberian khatru is the only song that doesn’t go through any elaborate multi parting meaning it can get boring at spots but it’s still a great guitar track. It’s a good album 4/5.
I thought it was all going to be very smug, self indulgent, unlistenable prog rock after the first few minutes however it soon mellowed into quite an enjoyable experience.
listened to it twice!
Pretty good album. Prog rock, long songs.and you and i
Good, classic prog-rock. Can’t go wrong.
A single listen does not do it justice. There are so many layers happening in these songs! Drugs and more listens would help!
musically impressive . also long
No creí que me fuera a gustar; canciones extra largas, presunción progresiva, etc, etc. Pero la verdad es que el disco se va rápido y tiene pedazos en los que realmente capturó mi atención. Tal vez no se quedará como algo fijo en mi librería musical, pero al menos es algo que al escucharlo, lo disfruté.
One word - Yes! This started off a bit weird, not to mention overwhelming. I mean, kicking off your album with an 18-minute song isn't exactly the standard, is it? But before I knew it, I was jamming along. Being very long songs, there were moments where I felt like the music took a dip, but it always recovered. I don't know much about progressive rock but this album is a great introduction. Highlights are And You & I, and America from the deluxe edition. I will be revisiting this. In fact, I've just finished it and already I'm compelled to go back and listen again - the first album so far to have that effect!
Can't give proper review due to lack of time. The first part of the first song intrigued me though. Very proggy. Will need to listen at a later date (no score)
I love three song albums
I really liked this, having not heard much of the band. A good complement of vocals & music. However, the sting of the songs gets too leeched across the length of each track.
I already know I like prog rock, so I was excited for this album. It was a joy to listen to. It's nice listening to more Yes. I don't like it enough for 5 stars, but it's pretty close. My favourite song was Siberian Khatru.
This CD really dials up the prog relative to some of their earlier work. I love Yes and enjoyed this one too (if not quite as much as Fragile, Yes Album, and Time and a Word), but this is getting close to the limit of what I can do prog-wise. The first song is 19 minutes long, and it does a lot of the stuff Yes does so well (lovely backing vocals, lush instrumentation, motifs quoted and requoted in many different contexts) but also does a fair number of things they don’t do as well. In particular, not all of the dissonance works well, although it runs the gamut. The dissonant opening passage is a slog, the color on the “I get up…” piano section is nice, and then the dissonant instrumental interlude at roughly the 15-minute mark is somewhere in between. The title track is both literally and figuratively the majority of the CD- but since there’s only 3 tracks, I’ll mention them all. “And You And I” is actually more like classic Yes and is of a piece with their earlier work in terms of quality. The contrast in tone between the super-bass-heavy and acoustic-and-vocals sections is really nice. And “Siberian Khatru” is the rocker on the CD (they all have rock sections, this one just more consistently), and also very much in the style of classic Yes. Consistent with a lot of similar prog, I liked this more on repeat lessons. It’s well put-together, ambitious, diverse, and at times very beautiful. I gave Yes Album a 4 on my other list I think- that was probably too low. This is a 4, their earlier CDs 5s.
Very good. Would like to listen more
Очень приятный олдскульный рок.
Unique intersting album but doesnt but i like it alright
long tracks, I get a Snarky Puppy vibe from many of these, not to mention Guardians 2 end credits from "Any You and I"
I was looking forward to a shorter album, but even though there were only a few tracks they were all crazy long songs. The band really reminded me of the kids band on F is For Family. Some crazy 70s kids singing about wizards and shit
Pretty good song.
I am generally not a huge fan of Prog, and Yes is quintessential Prog. Always intricate song structures and impressive virtuosity but... emotionally it is completely technical for me. It's not what I go to for music.
Pretty cool, need to check out "Fragile" album
It’s really chill classic rock. I likes it a lots :)
Excellent composition and technicality representation of Yes. Not their most popular music, but definitely an important album for their style. Since the songs are all long compositional suites, it's hard to single out highlights, but one of the sections of And You And I is a cool acoustic segment.
this was actually great
No sé qué pensar, de repente me la pasé bien, pero en mi ignorancia suenan como a Queen meets The Beatles meets Pink Floyd. Digo ignorancia, porque no sé quién influyó a quién, pero muy setentero todo. "And You and I" fue mi fav y es todo. 7.5/10
Long AF. Interesting at some parts, weird at others. Enjoyed it overall: 3/5 stars.
Der natürliche Feind des Punk, nicht so schlimm wie erwartet, aber auch nicht meine Kiste Bier, wenn die Rocker ihre Komplexe auf diese Art bearbeiten. Im Rückblick wirkt das ja einfach nur total verschroben und durchgeknallt, dafür gibts Punkte, vor allem wenn man dann auf Wikipedia liest, dass der Drummer nach dem Album die Band verlassen hat, weil „he became frustrated with the band’s happy, diatonic music and favoured more jazz-oriented and improvisational compositions“ . Orgel an manchen Stellen auch gut. Die lieben ihre Musik jedenfalls und das so seltsam mitzubekommen, ist doch auch mal schön.
Consists of 3 longs songs. 0RS
neat but not attention grabbing. also songs way too long
LSD not included
Just ok. Typical 'Yes' type of sound. Nothing stands out, however I could technical listen all day.
Wasn't super exciting
Great song writing if a little excessive.
Think this could be a grower, certainly enjoyed it first time round and feel like there are layers to be discovered.
listened to this many times before. prog rock classic, but not an album i'll find myself returning to frequently.