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5 stars By Tarby

This is the first album I ever bought from Yes. When I was around 12, my dad took me to see yes in concert and it blew me away at even that age so since then I have become a huge yes fan. When I first bought this album I admit it took me a while to get into it but after a while I got hooked. The intro still bothers me a touch because it gets fairly tedious after the first 4 minutes but then on the opening track is amazing. Howe is amazing on guitar where he plays many modal runs behind Andersons amazingly powerful vocals on this album. My favourite drummer next to John Bonham, Bill Bruford, is very good on every track. Here is a run down of every song on the non- updated cd with the unreleased tracks such as And You and I (alternate version) and America.

Close to the Edge: The title track starts off calmly and picks up throughout the intro. The song then slows down and Anderson begins the vocals. The song then progresses into a section with Anderson singing "I get up, I get down" which is extremely amazing and always gives me goosebumps. As cheesy as that sounds. But its true.

And You and I: This track starts off with Howe tuning his guitar with harmonics and the band later decided to keep that little section as part of the real song. It then moves into a very similar style song as Close to the Edge. Rick Wakemen really shines on this song and play some amazing keys throughout.

Siberian khatru: meh, an okay song that really cheers you up after the first two songs as they are not sad but not very happy as well.

Overall, this is my favourite album of all time and never get bored of it. It takes a few listens, as all prog music does, but it really pays off in the end. I personnaly bought the updated cd put out by Rhino records but i havn't really listened to the unreleased stuff. Take my word for it this is an amazing album.

Buckethead1 | 5/5 |


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