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Peter Pan
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5 stars This is a review of the remastered version of "Close to the Edge".

The merits of this album as one of the crown-jewels of progressive rock are undoubted, though its spherical mood in both music and words has brought it more out of age than its prog-rock kin of the years 71/72 like "Tarkus", "Three Friends" or "Pawn Hearts".

Still "Close to the Edge" has some kind of magic and its melodies and riffs stay in my head for days once I heard the album again. To enjoy the new remastered release of Rhino from 2003 to full extent you will need a modern equipment. You can hear details you never thought were there especially in the guitars. Gained transparency compensates and may even exceed losses in harmony and balance of the original vinyl LP. What you like more depends on your taste.

At least it's very interesting to study how the musicians on their now clearly separated instruments did their job to contribute to the unique sound of Yes in this era. I found the basis of the sound of "Close to the Edge" is the playing of Steve Howe.

Peter Pan | 5/5 |


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