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Close to the Edge [CASSETTE] [Original recording reissued]

Yes Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (16 Aug 1994)
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EC0H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  DVD  |  Blu-ray  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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91 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close to perfection 10 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Down by the edge just by the river" we are told. Andersons Lyrics allude to something but never quite reveal his intentions, thats the vagueness and genius of the title track. It starts with the rich textured soundscape accompanied by intense jazz drum and bass(lovely full rickenbaker sound) provided for us by messers Bruford and Squire. Then the song starts and were taken somewhere we think we may have been before, but are not quite sure. Recorded on newly introduced 16 track equipment and by engineer Eddie Offord, the album sounds beautiful. Played on modern equipment today it shows analogue recording at its best (my recording is in AAD format)and now with remastering (ADD) it sounds even better -lovely clean bass and sharp drum sounds.
Unashamedly I love this album, allured initially as a boy of 16 to the artwork of Roger Dean I found a richer world inside the cover. I should aslo say that all three tracks on Close To The Edge are equally exquisite, both Siberian Khatru and And You and I, are infinitely listernable. this is so-called prog-rock of a different order. So much so that yes never really attained the level of fluidity again.
If green had a sound, then this is what it would be.
Moth
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of CD/DVD 2013 reissue 14 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I hope the title of this review helps you navigate your way around Amazons decision to merge all reviews across all formats across all ages of this title. Thus making it very difficult for anyone to locate reviews of these 2013 reissues without wading through a sea of historic opinion.
Anyway onto the product, if your specifically targeting this version of Close to the edge then you will almost certainly know the music, what you will want to know is whether or not to reinvest your hard earned money in yet another version of this Classic album.
What I like about this cd/dvd reissue is that it compliments perfectly the king crimson double packs ,with the slip case / double disc gatefold inner cover / 1 x cd & 1 x dvd disc / cd inlay size booklet . (Another reviewer has pointed out that the Blu ray packaging is more of a lp sleeve style cd digi pack.)
The Booklet is superb and contains a very detailed essay by Sid Smith who was also resposible for the essays in the King Crimson re-issues. You also get the famous Roger dean painting across the middle pages and a replication of the albums green background lyric inner sleeve.
As to the Steven Wilson remaster - I really liked the Yes 2003 remasters and by comparison this is slightly warmer and more organic but I think the differances are subtle - Do not buy this expecting some sonic revolution, unlike some of the titles Mr Wilson has worked on, the Yes catalogue does not have a legacy of mastering issues to reinvent. Close to the edge in my opinion has always sounded great.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It's now 2007, and there's not really anything novel that can be said about 'Close To The Edge', the seminal 1972 album from Yes. Similarly, it's difficult to avoid a gushing, superlative-laden eulogy when reviewing the album.

So, whilst musings on the album may understandably lack originality nowadays, the actual music is still as enchanting, euphoric and fresh as ever. Personally, I'd say that the exhilarating nature of this album is its most startling and enduring aspect. Yes have mastered the art of rousing auspicious emotions, and on CTTE they flaunt their abilities with unrivalled élan. From start to finish, this whole experience is just astonishing!

Okay, so maybe this is another gushing review, but if any album deserves lauding, it's this! Sure, there may `only' be three tracks, but each track, to me, is like a mini-album, exploring a myriad of esoteric musical concepts, drifting the listener in and out of contrasting soundscapes; never stalling, always captivating!

The lyrical concepts here are somewhat impenetrable, and, for some, this may be off-putting, however Yes rightly concentrate all their energy into structuring the perfect aural experience, and the words correlate with the sounds flawlessly, generating a cohesive palette of unparalleled sonic beauty.

Each track presents a stimulating musical voyage, and it's impossible to single one out for special mention, as the essence of each song complements a different mood perfectly. Essentially, therefore, the album is unexpectedly versatile, and warrants a listen anytime, regardless of your contemporary psychological disposition. The music invariably engenders joy, anyway - accordingly, it's a tremendous way to elevate your spirits.

So, to abridge: An album that is as good today as it was in 1972 (if not better). Buy!!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Yes album - as fresh today as 1972 5 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first saw Yes on September 2nd 1972 headlining at the Crystal Palace Bowl and premiering CTTE just before the album was released. I remember Derek Jewell, the jazz and popular music critic of the Sunday Times dedicating his whole column one week to a visit to Advision studios when they were recording the album. I can remember his attempt at explaining what the music was like and the voices, and that first time I heard it myself in the open air across the water. I can't imagine how many times I've heard it - once a day for the first year, and regularly since, as well as the many live performances. It's still a fantastic composition that brings a lump to throat and a smile of satisfaction when it's finished. I've finally succumbed and bought the Rhino remaster to replace the last remaster that replaced the first CD attempt that replaced the worn out vinyl. Frustrating that it's taken this long to produce a definitive CD version, but it was worth it. The artwork does the album justice, and this version will bring it back to life for you. If you are a fan, why haven't you got this? If you are yet to discover them, don't delay and buy the classic and best yes album - still as fresh today as in 1972.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent SACD
Overall excellent sound quality
Sometimes high treble is a little uncivilised but that is probably due to the characteristics of the analogue tape used for the
original... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim Attwooll
1.0 out of 5 stars Exellent! but...
Ok .exellent , Close the edge an amazing record, amazing SHM sound, but please you must do a very clear information when it is a normal plastic box, or a mini réplica LP... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ricardo Vargas Rojas
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray WARNING
Love this

However, I've just discovered, despite ordering the Blu-Ray and cover sticker / disc are labelled 'Blu-Ray', that the disc is only a DVD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by twosheds
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure classic prog album
This is simply a classic prog album of our time and a must buy for any fan of prog music (or any fan of good music for that matter). Read more
Published 1 month ago by JPJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Musicianship!
Probably the most intricate piece of Prog Rock music ever.
Close To The Edge! Yes were light years ahead .
Published 2 months ago by Mr Edward Criglington
5.0 out of 5 stars 2013 CD/DVD-A release
I won't comment on the material, assuming anyone looking at this issue is already a fan.

I can't/won't comment on the 5.1 mix, as I don't do surround. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Basket Press
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
One of the must have Prog albums with a 5.1 mix by Steven Wilson If you're a Yes fan you've possibly got several versions of this already but it sounds awesome in 5. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Timmy
5.0 out of 5 stars To replace old LP
bought as heard about YES tour - got to replace my old LP, been good to listen to old favourites again
Published 3 months ago by Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars Over the edge.
Widely regarded as the definitive Yes masterpiece. CTTE has always been one of my favourite Yes albums and is one of my all-time favourite albums, it always sounded good(great) but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter N. Ingleby
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like it was recorded yesterday
Sounds of the 70s in 5.1 and with superb sonic quality. I consider myself an audiophile and this disk sounds great. You need a DVD-A compatible player of course with a 5. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pussinboots
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