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    Posted: October 19 2022 at 19:11
Love the Yes Album and Close to the Edge but have never really taken to the disjointed feel of Fragile.  
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CTTE was my first Yes album and remains my favourite too. At similar age [teens] i heard this thru a friend then backed up the catalogue then progressed onto TalesFTO. Was devouring this stuff [plus Floyd, ELP, Traffic etc] voraciously having escaped by big sisís Tamla Motown grip. 

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Originally posted by Grumpyprogfan Grumpyprogfan wrote:

Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

So if Yes broke up after Close To The Edge never to reform, how well known would they be these days? Would they still be remembered or almost completely forgotten. Just wondering.
If Yes broke up, that would be the end of Earth. Smile

Maybe for many on here but I doubt the rest of the world would even notice.WinkLOL
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Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

So if Yes broke up after Close To The Edge never to reform, how well known would they be these days? Would they still be remembered or almost completely forgotten. Just wondering.
If Yes broke up, that would be the end of Earth. Smile
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Originally posted by Argo2112 Argo2112 wrote:

Originally posted by essexboyinwales essexboyinwales wrote:

Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

With painful honesty, I have tried Close To The Edge and have found I don't appreciate it all that much. I prefer The Yes Album and Fragile much more.


I have also tried many times but I get nothing (apart from a slight headache 😉)

Rabin era for me, oh yes!


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I'm in that boat, thank god it's not Cruise to the Edge... Close to the Edge never really clicked with me beyond the title track, and I've been trying it for about 35 years. I far, far prefer The Yes Album and Fragile. And to mention an album by one not in PA by an artist that I was turned onto by a fellow poster, I far prefer Lingua Ignota's 2021 album Sinner Get Ready. I guess this sinner now should get ready to ban myself or Repent Now Confess Now. This sinner won't repent, but I will confess that were I to buy into the kind of close-minded, edgy, overrated, underrated postulating that some profess, Close to the Edge would be overrated by my reckoning, and thrown over the ledge. :)

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Originally posted by essexboyinwales essexboyinwales wrote:

Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

With painful honesty, I have tried Close To The Edge and have found I don't appreciate it all that much. I prefer The Yes Album and Fragile much more.


I have also tried many times but I get nothing (apart from a slight headache 😉)

Rabin era for me, oh yes!

 You know you can be banned from this site for this kind of blasphemy .
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Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

With painful honesty, I have tried Close To The Edge and have found I don't appreciate it all that much. I prefer The Yes Album and Fragile much more.


I have also tried many times but I get nothing (apart from a slight headache 😉)

Rabin era for me, oh yes!
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Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

This is what happens when you get too Close to the Hedge.†Tongue





I don't think I've seen a more pointless post around here...†Ouch


And I donít think Iíve seen one more predictable than this😂😂😂
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Originally posted by Stressed Cheese Stressed Cheese wrote:

Originally posted by Jared Jared wrote:

That's the issue... they expanded and remastered it and sold it at a 'nice price' 30 years ago and it's still freely available for £3. The market reached saturation point, so there are more second hand CDs on ebay than new. I guess they might sell a few more LP's to the early retired, but as good as the music was, the cover art hardly inspired, did it?
I think you're underestimating people's eagerness to buy the same album over and over just because it's in a shiny new package, a funny color vinyl, because they're too stupid to understand what 'remastered' means. You can bet your ass that if they did come out with some 50th anniversary version, people would eat it up. Nevermind that you can find 600 copies of the album on CD (and twice that many on vinyl) on Discogs right now, the cheapest going for chump change.

I do try to give people the benefit of the doubt, Ian... LOL
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So if Yes broke up after Close To The Edge never to reform, how well known would they be these days? Would they still be remembered or almost completely forgotten. Just wondering.

Edited by AFlowerKingCrimson - September 19 2022 at 18:48
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Originally posted by Jared Jared wrote:

That's the issue... they expanded and remastered it and sold it at a 'nice price' 30 years ago and it's still freely available for £3. The market reached saturation point, so there are more second hand CDs on ebay than new. I guess they might sell a few more LP's to the early retired, but as good as the music was, the cover art hardly inspired, did it?
I think you're underestimating people's eagerness to buy the same album over and over just because it's in a shiny new package, a funny color vinyl, because they're too stupid to understand what 'remastered' means. You can bet your ass that if they did come out with some 50th anniversary version, people would eat it up. Nevermind that you can find 600 copies of the album on CD (and twice that many on vinyl) on Discogs right now, the cheapest going for chump change.
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Like the OP, I also discovered this album when I was 16 (I am 31 now). I illegally obtained the album from the infamous WCD tracker as it was one staff picks for a given month. The album pretty much changed my whole musical world as I did not realise music from the 70s could be anything like this, I had listened to DSOTM but honestly that album still seems more like a rock, rather then a prog album IMO (and personally it still surprises me that anyone into prog would rate this album so highly compared to other prog classics of that era). My naive rebellious skateboarder tendencies had me thinking that death metal at the time was my genre of choice. Despite this fact, something about CTTE truely spoke directly to my soul and changed the way I approached my listening habits in general forever. I distinctly remember the next album I obtained and loved after CTTE was a Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger album which again was a big departure from what I had been listening to and what my friends were into. For some reason even though I always kept this album in my listening rotation I did not approach prog as a genre properly until my early-mid 20s but I feel like CTTE was a great baseline for what a good prog album should contain. I only wish I was born earlier to have experienced the excitement that must have captured a whole generation upon its release. I have since purchased the album on vinyl, an original copy I believe.
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Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

I wonder if this hype will result in any more album sales for CTTE. To be honest I kind of doubt it since most people making a "fuss" over it (including myself) already own it. Smile

That's the issue... they expanded and remastered it and sold it at a 'nice price' 30 years ago and it's still freely available for £3. The market reached saturation point, so there are more second hand CDs on ebay than new. I guess they might sell a few more LP's to the early retired, but as good as the music was, the cover art hardly inspired, did it?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 14 2022 at 15:16
I wonder if this hype will result in any more album sales for CTTE. To be honest I kind of doubt it since most people making a "fuss" over it (including myself) already own it. Smile
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Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

With painful honesty, I have tried Close To The Edge and have found I don't appreciate it all that much. I prefer The Yes Album and Fragile much more.
I also prefer The Yes Album over Close to the Edge. I always skipped "And You And I".
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50 years, eh? Maybe a nice time to retire from the #1 spot?

All joking aside, I've always seen The Yes Album and Fragile as more significant albums (not to mention more enjoyable to me), so I was a bit surprised when I first found out this album held the top spot on PA. Then again, it's not significance, but how much people like the album that determines its ranking. But to me this was always just another prog rock album. To be quite frank, I thought that Yes were getting a bit stuck up their ass on this album already, with Tales just exacerbating that, rather than starting it.

Even so, it's a great album, no doubt. I gotta start buying some Yes albums in decent versions, because the 2013 box set remaster kind of butchers the title track with how brickwalled it is.
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Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

I'm a strange case.

I never heard the studio stuff first.

I heard it live first.

And "I get up...I get down" was stuck in my head the next morning.  Ended up buying Yessongs.

Same here, I got 'Relayer' first then 'Yessongs' when I was 13.  When I first heard the studio versions, they seemed tame in comparison...
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I'm surely not the biggest Yes fan around here but kudos for CTTE. I can hear that one from beginning to end and love all of it. As worthy of being PA all time number 1 as they come. I also find it heartwarming that Howe, Wakeman, Anderson are still active 50 years later, even though the music they now do doesn't interest me a lot. Long may they last anyway! (I never get why some who don't like the new music some old heroes are doing think that "they should stop" - I mean, nobody is forced to listen to the new material anyway, so what harm does its existence?)

By the way, I'm also part of the "heard live versions first and prefer them" crowd. Must've been something like 1982 when I got Yessongs and heard this stuff for the first time.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Epignosis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2022 at 22:08
I'm a strange case.

I never heard the studio stuff first.

I heard it live first.

And "I get up...I get down" was stuck in my head the next morning.  Ended up buying Yessongs.
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