Close to the Edge is the fifth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released in 1972. It is considered one of the band's best albums, and one of the greatest progressive rock albums of all time.
The album was recorded at Advision Studios in London, and produced by Yes and Eddie Offord. It features the band's classic lineup of Jon Anderson (vocals), Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass), Rick Wakeman (keyboards), and Bill Bruford (drums).
The album is divided into four tracks, each of which is an extended composition. The title track, "Close to the Edge", is the longest track on the album, clocking in at over 18 minutes. It is a complex and challenging piece of music, with a wide range of emotions and moods.
Close to the Edge was a critical and commercial success, and it helped to solidify Yes's reputation as one of the leading progressive rock bands in the world. The album has been certified gold by the RIAA, and it has been praised by critics for its ambition, musicianship, and emotional power.
The album's title track, "Close to the Edge", is inspired by the Herman Hesse novel Siddhartha. The song explores the themes of spiritual enlightenment and the search for meaning in life. The song is divided into four sections, each of which represents a different stage in the protagonist's journey.
Close to the Edge is a complex and challenging album, but it is also a rewarding one. It is a classic example of progressive rock at its best, and it is sure to continue to be enjoyed by fans for many years to come.
|Original Release: 1972.|
|Catalog No: Atlantic 8122797157.|
|Type: Jewel Case.|