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Close To The Edge

Yes

1972

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Close To The Edge

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3.11

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5

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.

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5

Prog is not a four letter word. Embrace the dramatic power.

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5

This is one of my all-time top 5 favorite albums. Truly a masterpiece from start to finish. 5 stars.

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5

Such a thrilling album! It felt like an adventure from beginning to end! Beautiful sounds, great dynamics, perfect length, wonderful ambience.

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5

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.

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5

Prog at it's best. 10/10

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5

LOVE the transitions. This album is super cool

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5

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"

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5

ODÖDLIG KLASSIKER TITELSPÅRET ÄR 7/5

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5

classico

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5

Fantastic!

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5

Very very special and interesting. Sometimes it has supertramp vibes, others reminds me of Pink Floyd

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5

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.

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5

Me acuerdo cuando me cagaba el rock progresivo y me da risa. 5 ESTRELLAS.

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5

What a wild ride. Very fun album. Some of early progressive's finest.

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I love Yes! <3

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5

This is already one of my favorite albums

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YES! YES! YES! Must listen for all prog fans.

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5

Probably my favorite Yes album that I've listened to

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5

it's literally my favorite album and every time I listen to it it's as exactly good as the first time.

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5

not much to say this is a masterpiece

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I love prog. Can’t decide on my least favourite track on Close to the Edge.

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10/10. Prog Rock gold.

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Masterpiece

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5

this record blew me away in a way i was not expecting. 5/5

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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.

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4

prog that doesn't make me want to die

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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

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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.

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I tried. Music from the head not from the heart yo. Listened to some Christy Moore instead though that was banging.

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Still no

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5

Amazing and the type of 80s rock i love

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best prog

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5

A classic piece of prog.

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5

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.

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Rad

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5

5/5. Holy cannoli, I kinda slept on this one. Might actually be better than ITCOTCK

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5

Absolutely enthralling. This album grabs balls and never lets go as it shifts from delight to delight.

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5

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.

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5

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

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5

The best prog-rock album ever made. Brilliant writing and instrumentation across the album. Just overall brilliant album.

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5

Good

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5

Ok, progressivo!!! Muito bom mesmooooo!

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5

Great, very remeninscing dont know from what though

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Ótimo

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5

5.5….classic of classics ,cut my rock and roll teeth on this album when it came out…awesome

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5

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.

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5

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.

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Be sure to check out Steven Wilson's recent remastering of this album!

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5

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

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5

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.

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5

the rhythm changes!! the vocals!! the organ!! the synergy!!! the guitar!! the drums the bass!!! the damn organ!! i feel enlightened.

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5

A masterpiece

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5

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.

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5

Really liked this, the transitions especially some of them in "Close to The Edge..." were very unexpected but brilliant, I really enjoyed this.

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5

Wonderful!

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4

Title track is some great prog rock, the rest is lesser but it's yes and it's good

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4

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.

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4

Classic.

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4

Interesting album and a nice concept. Liked the sound a lot, just the last edge is missing for this to be 5 stars

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4

I liked it. Very groovy.

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4

Good album, solid instrumentals and musicianship. Not a lot of hooks but still enjoyable

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4

Prog daddies....

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4

bom mas música de 10 min é puxado

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4

Pretty good! Enjoyable. A song came on from the Fragile album that I preferred to anything on this album though.

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4

Bängeri Jännä psykadelisk rock typ?

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I respect a three track album. This was a lot of fun.

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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.

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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.

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I liked it!

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While it doesn't match Fragile's greatness, it's still a really good prog classic.

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Yes always puts out some impressive music, this was about as par for the course for them as can be.

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album is structured weirdly. listened to reg version and not deluxe btw. i thought it was pretty good though

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pretty good; i still prefer Fragile

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Great compositions and instrumentals that flow perfectly. good for a long listen and jam out session.

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Wild arpeggio romp

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4

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.

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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

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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

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4

Only 3 songs but a great listen. Another 20 minute song downloaded 👌

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4

Eles que tocam Roundabout! Sabia que conhecia de algum lugar

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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

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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.

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I'm still confused, but I liked it overall.

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It was good

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4

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.

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4

good stuff, very psychedelic

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Weird feelings about this album. I hated the first half of the album, but I loved the other half...

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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

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4

Un bon album de Yes, mais très progressif. 4.25

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Pretty darn good stuff here.

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4

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.

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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

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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.

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4

Fantastic prog wibble.

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4

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

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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

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4

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.

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4

I like corny-ish prog rock. 8/10

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4

8/10. Yes. Manageable length, and sounds good throughout.

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4

8/10 cheesy at times but pretty cool

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4

Classic Rock. Enjoyed it quite a bit.

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4

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”

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4

Very good Yes album, 3rd only in my eyes to 'The Yes Album' and 'Relayer'

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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.

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4

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

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4

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

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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).

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4

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.

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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.

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“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.

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4

Now they don’t make music like that anymore, do they?

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4

Awesome, classic

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4

Cool and classy

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4

4, This is my favourite prog rock I have heard so far

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4

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

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4

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.

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4

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.

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4

Progressiv rock, 70’er lyd, langeee numre, rimelig nice

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4

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.

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4

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

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3

Unique intersting album but doesnt but i like it alright

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3

long tracks, I get a Snarky Puppy vibe from many of these, not to mention Guardians 2 end credits from "Any You and I"

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3

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

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3

Pretty good song.

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3

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.

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3

Pretty cool, need to check out "Fragile" album

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3

It’s really chill classic rock. I likes it a lots :)

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3

Bit much

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3

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.

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3

this was actually great

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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

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3

Long AF. Interesting at some parts, weird at others. Enjoyed it overall: 3/5 stars.

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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.

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3

Consists of 3 longs songs. 0RS

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3

neat but not attention grabbing. also songs way too long

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3

LSD not included

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3

Just ok. Typical 'Yes' type of sound. Nothing stands out, however I could technical listen all day.

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3

Wasn't super exciting

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3

Great song writing if a little excessive.

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3

Think this could be a grower, certainly enjoyed it first time round and feel like there are layers to be discovered.

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3

listened to this many times before. prog rock classic, but not an album i'll find myself returning to frequently.

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3

interesting

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Quick listen (3 songs, 37 minutes). Takes a moment to get rolling; eventually cuts a nice tack between traditional and modern pop/alt-rock.

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shit

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it's prog i guess

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Great guitar, hear inspiration for bands like the mars volta

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A bit hokey, but neat

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This was a very mythical and magical album i felt i was walking through tan enchanted forest while listening Top tracks: and you and I

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shorter than i expected

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Progmagi! 3/5 men längden på låtarna gör att det känns som potentialen att albumet växer efter fler lyssningar finns. Svårt att bestämma bästa låt i det här fallet, många höjdpunkter, Fantastisk gitarr i introt till Close To The Edge Mäktig orgel i del III i Close To The Edge, och övergången från det till gitarren i del IV, mmmmm... Även hela del IV, speciellt klimaxet i slutet när "I get up, I get down" basuneras ut. Hela And You and I väldigt vacker, speciellt del II, Eclipse. Siberian Khatru också bra, funkigt gitarrspelande, lite spretigare, nonsensiga texter. Albumomslaget 10/10!

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Very far out and druggy

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I feel the same way about this album as I do about just about all prog rock. It's kind of like watching a circus act or a magic show: The skill and talent is evident and impressive and I'm glad I saw it, but I don't ever need to see it again.

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Bit much for me. Kind of like Queen and Led Zeppelin.

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not for me.

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Prog-rock is altijd wel wat apart. De orgel-solo in het eerste nummer is het soort van bombastische dat ik graag ik muziek heb. Maar de rest vond ik wat te eenzijdig

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Add a star if you’re on acid

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it was... different. didn't love it, didn't hate it.

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Ok I guess. Two songs in the original album - epic and progressive and listenable. A little too pockmarked and nerdy for me to really be into. The America cover on the deluxe edition makes me cringe.

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Never listened to Yes before. Was kind of dreading this because for some reason, I assumed this was an 80's hair band - I guess their name is pretty generic sounding. Turns out it's a 70's prog rock band - big difference there! lol The album is basically just two very long tracks. Enjoyable listening... some good grooves and interesting things happening. Some cool keyboards and organ stuff. But it doesn't have that kind of primal immediacy that tends to move me. I guess liked from a sort of academic perspective, if that makes sense. Can definitely see why it's on the list. Solid 3 stars.

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I normally listen to these albums on the drive home. I got halfway through this one before getting home. It's very big, very indulgent and deserves more time than I had for it this week. I'm a big Yes fan but Close To The Edge is a bit too rich for my tastes. I'm feeling Fragile...

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The fifth album by the band Yes released in 1972, and became their most popular album up to that point. It was certified platinum in 1998. Production on the album was turmoil and caused the drummer to quit the band after release. Even with the troubles, the band made an amazing album. Praised as a flawless masterpiece, it's a long winded symphony of progressive rock. I enjoyed this music in the background while I worked.

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Say what you want about prog, but no other subgenre can produce sprawling yet intricate tracks like this. Squier keeps the band locked in with a boisterous yet precise bass tone, and from there the band builds into massive melodic structures that can stop and turn on a dime. Docking two stars as the middle track feels somewhat listless (and eats up nearly a third of the runtime!), but the other two tracks could stand as EPs in their own right.

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Rock psicodélico setentero. Ni fu ni fa.

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Its not that it isn't good - just not the biggest fan of progressive rock...I appreciate the album though

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A landmark prog LP - songs with many different parts, switching time signatures, organ fugues and jazz breakdowns, with those singular Yes melodies

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Not bad. Yes has a neat sound that I like that isn't straight-up trippy. Not an incredible album but not bad.

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I guess I have respect, but not major love, for Yes' music.

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I'm not sure why, but prog rock doesn't really get me in the same way other genres do. I think it's a good album, but it didn't really resonate with me.

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Not bad! I’d listen to it again

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Close to the Edge by Yes (1972) I didn’t have time to seriously listen to this progressive rock album when I was young. Most people I knew who did have the time to develop an appreciation of Close to the Edge did so due to (1) the strength of Yes’s earlier works, and (2) the ready availability of mind altering substances. For sober me, it was too complex. I was rather interested in more accessible music like Dieterich Buxtehude, Anton Bruckner, Leonard Bernstein, and novels by Herman Hesse, like Siddhartha (which is ironic, since I now discover that many of the images and metaphors on Close to the Edge come from that book). And now, listening in my twilight years, I find the complexity of Yes’s fifth album Close to the Edge (1972) to be unnecessary. The recording is primarily a collection of standard Yes lyrical and compositional tropes from their first three albums, but immeasurably enhanced (and given its coherence) by the superlative keyboard contributions of Rick Wakeman (who had an integral role in their immediately preceding fourth album, Fragile [1972]). The inexhaustible Wakeman did all this 1972 work while touring and cranking out The Six Wives of Henry VIII. There’s no gainsaying the artistry of Anderson, Howe, Squire, and Bruford. But Wakeman is the musical star of this group. In my view, he edges out Keith Emerson as the greatest progressive rock keyboardist of all time. Listen to Wakeman’s extended interlude at 12:10-15:53 of the first track “Close to the Edge”, with pipe organ that becomes doubled with synthesizer at 13:54, followed by a glorious synthesized romp to the end. Drummer Bruford struggles to keep up. This snippet is music for the ages. Ethereal. I want Rick Wakeman on my team. Close to the Edge is good, but overall, as an album, it’s far from a classic. 3/5

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Not bad.

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Symphonic rock.. Not my kind of thing. There are moments of beauty but mostly I find it too arranged and calculated, and weird.

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Less self involved noodling than in some of the other yes albums.

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3.5/5 Good album. Nothing more to add. Just a nice listen, not my all time favourite but I enjoyed it. Favourite song: - Close to the edge

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This one a little more Prog than I generally tolerate in my Rock. Obviously created by very smart, very hardworking souls but for me, listening feels like a bit of a chore, or at least a Project.

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Première écoute back to back de ce classique prog. C'est prog! J'aime bien le son bien dirt de la rickenbacker, moins les voix et le too much organ par bout. À go on fait des harmoniques sur une 12 cordes😆

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Too much prog, not enough rock. Three songs for a whole album?!? No thanks! Even the extended version is only 7 tracks (but still over an hour long!)

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A struggle beyond the first track

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It was groovy sometimes. Prog rock

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After two other "Yes" albums, I kinda like these long experimental songs. Nothing much special about this specific, but I believe that now I'm almost understanding all the hype around the band.

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3 is generous. This is really just a mess.

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Super cool album, v interesting sounds. A bit weird and distorted at times, and some of the guitar bits mean absolutely nothing to me, but overall it was a good time.

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It's ok.

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Good stuff but knocking stars because this album doesn't include "Roundabout"

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I enjoyed the listening experience a lot but don't think I'd go back and nothing in particular made a strong impression.

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Not a prog guy, as I think things start to blend together rather than individually standing out on their own, but this album was fine.

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Progressive rock seems a bit controversial in spite of how populous the middle of the road is in terms of opinion. The reason, one thinks, is that people are divided in what they like or dislike about prog-rock as a whole. Some may love the frenetic, experimental and jazz-like chaos, where some might find the melodically mundane to be more their speed. Prog-rock definitely incorporates polar elements, and it is especially on display in this album. The title track opened with that frenetic and jazzy composition where it seemed like everyone just mashed together a bunch of solo efforts, but by Acts II, and III the band slowed things down and started to make a play to sensibilities here. Overall, the album is actually good even with their experimental disruptions since the latter seems applied with some moderation. To say this album is tolerable is a fair assessment, but so is saying that it is barely tolerable. Progressive rock is a definite veer off a well-beaten path and it works in some places and seems to not in others. This vague and indecisive journey of love and hate towards the genre is the likely prognosis.

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First song is great, love the creativity on the album. Strong three

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Technically excellent but it didn’t grab me. I generally like Yes and I respect the skill in this album, it just didn’t make me want to put this on my list to listen again.

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Rock progresivo

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Yes? No! Well, not really. I quite enjoyed the first track, felt very Genesis, but it doesn't quite have the energy to get you through 18 minutes - it's got some at the beginning, and kicks into gear at the end, but slows down a bit too much in the middle. I think I will listen again, feels like the sort of thing that will grow on me, but the thing really putting me off is the nasty Simon & Garfunkel cover (the original is a song that I really like). I think I'll give it a 3, just.

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And You and I is the standout track. 3/5

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A lot funkier than I thought it would be but also very spiritual. Lots of good moments, but the songs are so long that I can't imagine returning to them. I feel like this was a good introduction to prog rock.

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1972. Key Songs: Siberian Khatru, America

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Now I understand why people aren't interested in prog. The shorter the tracks get, the better they are by far.

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Spotify. I say no to Yes

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Interesting experience, might not listen to it regularly but come back to it from time to time.

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Interesting, if nothing else. Starting off with an 18 minute song is bananas. Lots of hippie dippie funky sounds

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Everyone gets their own solo, for better or worse. No denying the talent in this album, but a lot of the solos or jams were simple chords and not complex enough to draw me in. Somehow I wanted more and less of the songs. I hate to focus on the drummer but this album could of really gone that extra mile if they had focused on percussion as much as they did their leads. 2/5

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Oof that was an effing slog

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Didn't really enjoy this. It was like an excitable fever dream that you wake up from sweating and annoyed.

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This isn't for me. It isn't ear-wormy enough.

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Puf, sin pies ni cabeza. Puf, encima tienen una versión de América de Simon and Gartfunkel ... que no mejora nada la original.

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Habt ihr euch die ganz angehört? Schreckliche Angebermusik, oder? Vielleicht geb ich, aus reiner Anerkennung, dafür morgen früh nen Sonderpunkt. Vielleicht aber auch nicht. (Ok, did it)

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Some nice bits but still too much PROG

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Far from Yes' best, but certainly reflective of its general output.

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Ok after listening to an old Genesis album and now this, I really don't want to listen to any more classic prog rock for a while. I skipped around and eventually gave up after about 20 minutes of listening. All I can say is that it's an impressive set of music to compose, arrange, and play well, but it's also kind of boring and the lyrics didn't do much for me.

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Bit too prog for this guy.

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Alright background music

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Loved the last track but wasn't too sure on the rest

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Great instrumentals...however, just not my bag, baby. A song sounding like four different songs and lasting 8-18 minutes long are only good in a slim span of circumstances. I can understand whoever made this list being probably in their 40s or older and taking into account just great music making, but in terms of popularity in a good time of listening to music, the majority won't be my thing. Maybe one or two songs from each. Finding great full albums will be hard, only a seldom few are successful. 2of5 for me

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Not really my kind of jam

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Imagine being young in the 60s/70s and discovering prog rock as it emerges. I think I would be a prog nerd then. But I can imagine I would also get pretty exhausted sometimes, because these guys (it always seems to be guys in this time period, Renaissance being an exception) are always trying to scare me with their intricate solos, quick chord changes and thick vocal harmonies. After listening to, like, a couple of prog rock albums, my theory is that a lot of it tries to throw all its darts haphazardly at once and in doing so, fails to hit the nail on its head. So now when I listen to prog stuff, I try to judge it not on how supernaturally virtuosic they all are and how mind-bendingly out of this world the arrangements are, but on whether it does that thing music is supposed to do, and has done since its inception in prehistoric times: communicate something meaningful to me, as a listener. This album is honestly a mix of shallow feeling storms and beautiful calm, shimmering lakes. So it lands in the middle. Also, is it just me, or does it sometimes sound like Freddie Mercury?

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Nope, songs are too long.

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2.5

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Vond Fragile nog wel goed te doen en met vlagen zelfs goed, maar dit was me toch iets te langdradig.

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Yes: Nee dus, nooit veel aan gevonden, kan niet dus ook niet echt mee uit de voeten...

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Not in the mood for this kind of prog rock, gets on my nerves very quickly. There might be other Yes albums that I prefer, though.

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I'm not really sure why this is here, it's pretty mediocre. Got bored about half way through, but nice instrumentals.

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En blanding af sange i sange. En rodet affære med alt for lange numre og meget larm

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Good God, it never ends.

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It's certainly a compositional and recording feat. I just didn't find it very interesting.

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combines a voice i'm not really a fan of, with insanely overcomplicated time signature changes

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An interestingly formatted album. The songs are long but they’re just segmented into different parts. Overall the music itself wasn’t anything amazing. At times it was ok but with the few amount of songs it’s hard to decipher what was good and what wasn’t. Overall it felt like it tried to be something bigger. 4.4/10

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There's an awful lot of prog rock on this list. It would take a lot of effort and concentration to have a chance of enjoying it, and even then it might turn out to be rubbish, so I don't think I can really be bothered. This album seemed better than most in the genre and was enjoyable in places, particularly the last of the 3(!) tracks which had some nice harmonies, guitar and turned into a cool jam at the end (it also a Tudor thing going on about 1/3 of the way through). However, it still didn't grab me or inspire any interest to dig into the album, band or genre further. 2/5.

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a full length album with only 3 songs was a red flag, and so it turned out. Too much trying to be clever, not enough balls out rock.

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First listen. I like Yes, first I heard of this album though. After listening to it a few times, I'm not feeling it yet. 2/5 for now.

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Puf, sin pies ni cabeza. Puf, encima tienen una versión de América de Simon and Gartfunkel ... que no mejora nada la original.

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Not musical way to experimental and all over the place

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Track 01 - 1.5/5 Track 02 - 2/5 Track 03 - 1.75/5 Track 04 - 2/5 Track 05 - 2/5 Track 06 - 1.75/5 Track 07 - 2/5 Overall: 2/5 Album Art: 1.75/5

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Ei jääny mieleen ja ku näin jälkikäteen arvostelee, nii kakkonen?

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Vähintäänkin outo levy jota on vaikea arvioida yhdellä soittokerralla, mutta toista kierrosta ei taas halua ottaa. Kakkosen ja kolmosen välistä.

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More of this? What even is the difference between this and Fragile? I'm just glad I could put it on in the background and get through it. Sounds like an uninterrupted continuation of all their albums. *shrug*

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Never been a fan of progressive rock... Never been a fan of songs longer than 5 minutes either... This album isn't for me. There are some good moments but for the most part, meh... The only song I knew by them beforehand is Owner of A Lonely Heart which is a delight. I was excited for this album but you know. 2.3/5

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If "Yes" is the answer, what is the question? Is this the last time you ever want to hear an album by the prog rock band Yes?

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I don't understand prog rock

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Long songs, not bad background music but couldn't finish

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bit close to rush. annoying. some great musicianship and vibes, but its the vocals that turn me off.

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Multiple 10+ min songs (one that's 18!) typically means overstaying its welcome, and "yes" it happened here too. Was fine at first but I was ready for it to be done.

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This sounds like good musicians made songs to prove they were good at music. Not for me.

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I was ready for this to be over with 10 minute left in the first song. I did not dig it

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It's ok... a bit boring, bloated and self-indulgent.

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Its fine but don't know if I would really listen again.

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No.

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The thing about Prog rock is that while the musicianship is quite amazing, it too often requires one to put up with over indulgence. This is pretty self indulgent.

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Not a fan

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Ça faisait longtemps que je ne m'étais pas replongé dans cet album. Je l'aime moins qu'à l'adolescence. Yes est peut-être le groupe qui fait en sorte que les gens n'aiment pas (voir détestent) le progressif. La voix de Jon Anderson n'est vraiment pas évidente et les thématiques fantastiques à la Lord of the Ring (inspiration justement pour la pièce titre) n'aident définitivement pas. Les harmonies vocales aussi ne sont pas intéressantes. Je préfère de beaucoup King Crimson et Genesis (époque Peter Gabriel). Par contre le lineup de musiciens sur cet album est mon préféré avec Bill Bruford au drum, Chris Squire à la basse (avec son son emblématique de sa basse Rickenbacker), Steve Howe à la guitare et Rick Wakeman aux synthétiseurs. Si tu aimes le genre, Close to the Edge et Fragile sont les 2 albums à avoir de Yes.

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ugh. Prog. Why do lists like this rate prog so highly? prog often forgets to just rock, you know? Too much talk, not enough trousers. Some terrific moments, but just too clever clogs for me. (Interestingly, the deluxe version I listened to had the studio run-through guide track for Siberian at the end. I MUCH preferred the more straightforward playing approach)

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It is a short album but is not memorable in any way. One song is over 18 minutes which is half the album. I did not skip any songs but I wasn't entertained. I will not be listening to it again.

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The 18 minute opener for me is just too long, too fusion in style and just plain TOO MUCH! Ends up clouding my opinion of what comes after which has some fine moments. 2.5 stars

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This had none of the famous yes songs on it and was more prog rock than anything. Wasn't super memorable

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A solid no from me dont even want to touch this again

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рок, не очень.

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Didn't really grab me.

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No.

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Oef, wat een gepriegel. Het eerste nummer deed me al de das om..

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A 1 star - could not finish it on this occasion - this is how a Flaming Lips album must sound to some of us. Even got a copy of this album but it makes me want to clean up my record collection.

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This was pretty tough, can't lie. Alright as background music while working, but nothing to write home about. I found its attempts at being "experimental" to just meld into a wall of blandness. Sorry... Fav new track (I guess?): And You And I

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Nop para mi

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Hated it

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If yes is the answer then the question is 'would you like to never have to listen to yes again?' Fucking tosh.

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1.5

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Dross

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I HATED this. Three songs in 38 minutes. Talk about a meandering mess. Not for me.

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Yes is the sort of band that I always assumed you had to be stoned to enjoy. Since I never was, I have never enjoyed them. They are also prog rock, which, like Rush, I am not smart enough to enjoy. I have a friend who is a musician and bass player and he *loves* Rush. Maybe he loves Yes, too. It is very similar to noise for me.

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Outside of two songs I just don't like Yes. The prog rock thing doesn't work for me I guess.

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