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5 stars The famous Close to the edge from 1972 is considered one of the most influencial album in prog rock history. Well, even I really like the album is not my fav Yes release, is only in my top 5. Solid playing, Wakeman now is a 24 from 24h integrated in the Yes machine, but sadly this is the last album with excellent Bruford behind the drums, optaining for another major band from this field King Crimson. Now, about the music here, symphonic prog 100%, 3 pieces, the first one, the title track being the longest clocking around 18 min is one hell of a piece. The musicianship is tight and the comunications between musicins is awesome, very high standards even for today music not to mention for that period, 40 years ago. Squire bass is impressive, I simply love his playing on last pieces Siberian Khatru, my fav tune from the album. It has a slightly Gentle Giant feel to it in instrumental parts, but it diffrents when the voices comes in. This is an essnetial album for sure, everything they done here remains as a collective effort , this is their peak for sure, Yes managing to create something of a true value who remains over the years a milestone in prog rock history. Together with other big names from this zone, Yes were fighting shoulder to shoulder in an elegant manner with names as Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, revealing in the end that possibly they find the magic potion that makes a perfect prog rock album. To many this is the best symphonic prog album ever, to me even is a masterpieces is little behind after Going for the one and Drama, The yes album comes at same level. 5 stars for sure.
b_olariu | 5/5 |


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