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Poll Question: Which is Yes' Piece de Resistance
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote digdug Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2017 at 06:21
I like Awaken a lot but

Close to the Edge

by a wide margin
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Originally posted by Upbeat Tango Monday Upbeat Tango Monday wrote:

CTTE, but all Yes epics are fantastic


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lewian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2017 at 08:32
Haven't listened to Awaken for quite some time and do it now, thanks to this poll. I forgot how great it is. I will give it my vote to celebrate this re-discovery although CTTE is about as good.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2017 at 10:05
Definitely CTTE
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote miamiscot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2017 at 10:13
No contest. Awaken is a fine piece of work but Close To The Edge is perfect.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2017 at 11:50
Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

I do love both, but Awaken.
Me too. Awaken gets my vote, but just by a little fraction.
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Originally posted by miamiscot miamiscot wrote:

No contest. Awaken is a fine piece of work but Close To The Edge is perfect.
 
Exactly.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote octopus-4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2017 at 13:42
Of course CTTE, but if somebody put's Awaken on a turntable, I'm happy enough
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Awaken for me, my favourite Yes epic.
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CTTE +1
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Awaken has Alan White on drums, Close to the Edge has Bill Bruford.  The vote goes to Close to the Edge.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote maryes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2017 at 17:22
I'm a huge YES fan and I believe which the majority of Yes fans will answer Close to the Edge ( is more than enough verify the result at this moment CTTE - 29 and Awaken 13). I understand and respect  this opinion, because CTTE is a masterpiece from the golden age of prog rock ( late 60's until middle 70's ). But, IMHO Awaken is slightly superior in arrangements in all instruments .
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2017 at 21:36
Originally posted by iluvmarillion iluvmarillion wrote:

Originally posted by Kepler62 Kepler62 wrote:

I was just listening to a live version of Awaken from 2003 on Youtube and had almost completely forgotten about Going For The One. Don't know if it's because I am over familiar with Close To The Edge but I think in many ways Awaken transcends Close To The Edge. It was certainly the last great Yes composition before things began to go off the rails with the crazy lineup changes.†

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Best version of Awaken is from the House Of Yes dvd. Anyway, Yes wrote plenty of good - great compositions after they wrote Awaken. "In the Presence Of" in 2003 is almost as good as anything they wrote from their classic period.


House of Yes is the one with Billy Sherwood and Igor? I must admit I didn't give it so much of a chance, because well... I prefer Wakeman, and at first listen I didn't hear an improvement, at least. However, my favourite version of the song would be the one at Keys to Ascension. Though, listening again to the studio version I do apreciate the church organ thing better, some more backing vocals, and Howe's faster playing... but that improved piano intro is just so much better than the original, and the extended middle keyboard section has got it's moments too.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iluvmarillion Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 19 2017 at 00:17
Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

Originally posted by iluvmarillion iluvmarillion wrote:

Originally posted by Kepler62 Kepler62 wrote:

I was just listening to a live version of Awaken from 2003 on Youtube and had almost completely forgotten about Going For The One. Don't know if it's because I am over familiar with Close To The Edge but I think in many ways Awaken transcends Close To The Edge. It was certainly the last great Yes composition before things began to go off the rails with the crazy lineup changes. 

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Best version of Awaken is from the House Of Yes dvd. Anyway, Yes wrote plenty of good - great compositions after they wrote Awaken. "In the Presence Of" in 2003 is almost as good as anything they wrote from their classic period.


House of Yes is the one with Billy Sherwood and Igor? I must admit I didn't give it so much of a chance, because well... I prefer Wakeman, and at first listen I didn't hear an improvement, at least. However, my favourite version of the song would be the one at Keys to Ascension. Though, listening again to the studio version I do apreciate the church organ thing better, some more backing vocals, and Howe's faster playing... but that improved piano intro is just so much better than the original, and the extended middle keyboard section has got it's moments too.
Igor is great on keyboards in Awaken but it's Jon Anderson's work on electric harp in the middle section that really impresses me. It's not his technical playing but rather the silences between the notes that he gets perfect.
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Originally posted by progmatic progmatic wrote:

Originally posted by miamiscot miamiscot wrote:

No contest. Awaken is a fine piece of work but Close To The Edge is perfect.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kepler62 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 19 2017 at 18:58
I've given Awaken a few more listens. I'm listening to the House of Blues version right now. Is it me or is the tempo a little sped up?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mirror Image Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 19 2017 at 19:06
I listened to Awaken a bit earlier and found it immensely satisfying. Iíd still vote Close to the Edge, but Awaken certainly isnít a subpar work by comparison.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote stewe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 19 2017 at 20:46
Awaken despite its qualities pales in comparison with Yes best epics imho. It is basically revolving around few simple motives dragging too long, and there are no really intricate or breathtaking parts. It sounds like an attempt of JA to reach a new level of spirituality, with only a partial success. I probably miss some kind of  spontaneity in it. From both emotional and compositional standpoint it lags behind their divine masterworks such as Ritual, Gates of Delirium, Endless Dream and of course Close to the Edge.
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Awaken has way too much pointless keyboard noodling IMO. CTTE on the other hand is more balanced and therefore it gets my vote.
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CTTE by a mile
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