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This album completely changed my view on music. It really did. Siberia Khatru was the second song by Yes that I loved. I had only begun to get into Yes when my uncle told me about this album. In fact, the only Yes album I owned was Yessongs because I assumed that it was a compilation album. (I am now a gigantic Yes fan, and a considerably large progressive rock fan)

The album starts off with Close to the Edge (although I have always thought the album should be in reverse order). This is truly a masterpiece that gives me chills every time I listen to it, especially the part with Rick Wakeman playing a bone-chilling organ part at the end the "I Get Up, I Get Down" section and the final ending vocals. This song is flawless. I can name very few songs that are flawless in every which was, but this is one of them. Steve Howe's solo at the beginning is truly one of his best, and the cohesiveness of the track make it one that can be listened to countless times and never grow weary of.

The next track, And You and I, is my least favorite on the album, but still makes my top 15 Yes songs. How's that for a flawless album? This track is one of those tracks that you can play for friends and they will actually enjoy it. The middle section of this song reminds me of the "Soon" section of the Gates of Delirium, mainly due to Steve Howe's beautiful slide guitar parts. Overall, another flawless track.

The third and final song, Siberian Khatru, was my second favorite Yes song (the first was Heart of the Sunrise) and it still stands in my top ten Yes songs. It has such an energy to it, and the section where Steve Howe has a sitar solo, then Rick Wakeman has a harpsichord solo, followed by a Steve Howe solo is my favorite section of the song. I really think that this song should have opened the album, followed by And You and I, then flip the vinyl over to Close to the Edge.

I give this album my highest recommendation. Flawless, 100%.

bb1319 | 5/5 |


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