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Active since 1968 with varying formations - Two major hiatus between 1981-1983 and 2004-2008

YES formed in London (UK) in 1968 with Jon ANDERSON (vocals), Chris SQUIRE (bass, vocals), Peter BANKS (guitar, vocals), Tony KAYE (keyboards), and Bill BRUFORD (drums). Well-known and influential mainstream progressive from the 1970's, and still around in some form ever since, they were highly influential in their heyday, especially notable for the really creative "Relayer", which included at the time Swiss keyboardist Patrick MORAZ who replaced Rick WAKEMAN

During the 1970s, YES pioneered the use of synthesizers and sound effects in modern music. Driven by Jon's artistic vision, they produced such timeless, symphonic-rock masterworks as "Roundabout," "Close To the Edge," and "Awaken". In the 1980s, YES pushed new digital sampling technologies to their limits, selling millions of records and influencing a generation of digital musicians with classics like "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" and "Rhythm Of Love". Moving through the 1990s and into the new millennium, the band keeps expanding its boundaries by using the latest hard-disk recording techniques and, most recently, working with a full orchestra to create their genre-defying music.

YES gained large popularity with their brand of mysticism and grand-scale compositions. "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge" are considered their best works as it's symphonic, complex, cerebral, spiritual and moving. These albums featured beautiful harmonies and strong, occasionally heavy playing. Also, "Fragile" contained the popular hit song "Roundabout". This was followed by the controversial "Tales from Topographic Oceans" LP, which was a double album consisting of only four 20-minute length suites centering on religious concepts. Also, "Relayer" was their most experimental, yet grandiose and symphonic. They broke up, until the new jewel "Going For The One" and its incredible "Awaken" was issued in 1977. In later years, YES would go through many transformations. There were other very good YES albums after "Going For The One" ("Drama", "Keys To Ascension" and surprisingly "The Ladder") but this is the last great album.

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3.25 | 1231 ratings
Yes
1969
3.29 | 1281 ratings
Time And A Word
1970
4.30 | 2661 ratings
The Yes Album
1971
4.44 | 3284 ratings
Fragile
1971
4.66 | 4163 ratings
Close To The Edge
1972
3.90 | 2259 ratings
Tales From Topographic Oceans
1973
4.36 | 2838 ratings
Relayer
1974
4.04 | 1876 ratings
Going For The One
1977
2.97 | 1421 ratings
Tormato
1978
3.77 | 1572 ratings
Drama
1980
2.97 | 1460 ratings
90125
1983
2.50 | 1069 ratings
Big Generator
1987
2.50 | 985 ratings
Union
1991
3.05 | 894 ratings
Talk
1994
2.03 | 782 ratings
Open Your Eyes
1997
3.27 | 918 ratings
The Ladder
1999
3.74 | 1048 ratings
Magnification
2001
3.40 | 1041 ratings
Fly From Here
2011
2.37 | 558 ratings
Heaven & Earth
2014
3.06 | 59 ratings
Fly From Here - Return Trip
2018

YES Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.33 | 902 ratings
Yessongs
1973
3.64 | 468 ratings
Yesshows
1980
2.27 | 241 ratings
9012 Live: The Solos
1985
4.11 | 487 ratings
Keys to Ascension
1996
3.97 | 456 ratings
Keys to Ascension 2
1997
2.58 | 137 ratings
BBC Sessions 1969-1970 Something's Coming (2 Cds)
1997
3.58 | 204 ratings
House of Yes: Live From the House of Blues
2000
2.66 | 38 ratings
Extended Versions
2002
2.88 | 36 ratings
Roundabout: The Best Of Yes- Live
2003
3.85 | 176 ratings
Live at Montreux 2003
2007
4.22 | 284 ratings
Symphonic Live
2009
4.47 | 158 ratings
Keys To Ascension (Full)
2010
3.30 | 37 ratings
Astral Traveller (The BBC Sessions)
2011
3.53 | 131 ratings
In The Present - Live From Lyon
2011
3.63 | 59 ratings
Union Live
2011
2.76 | 58 ratings
Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
2014
4.23 | 82 ratings
Progeny - Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
2015
3.34 | 64 ratings
Like It Is - Yes at the Mesa Arts Centre
2015
3.50 | 44 ratings
Topographic Drama: Live Across America
2017
4.07 | 19 ratings
Yes ft. ARW: Live At The Apollo
2018

YES Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.66 | 168 ratings
Yessongs (DVD)
1973
3.19 | 100 ratings
9012 LIVE (DVD)
1985
4.12 | 87 ratings
Yesyears (DVD)
1991
3.67 | 41 ratings
The Union Tour Live
1991
2.93 | 54 ratings
Greatest Video Hits
1991
4.25 | 8 ratings
The Best Of MusikLaden Live
1999
3.61 | 117 ratings
House Of Yes: Live From The House Of Blues (DVD)
2000
3.69 | 126 ratings
Keys to Ascension (DVD)
2000
4.59 | 311 ratings
Symphonic Live (DVD)
2002
3.07 | 72 ratings
Yesspeak
2003
2.39 | 81 ratings
Live in Philadelphia 1979
2003
3.12 | 35 ratings
Inside Yes 1968-1973
2003
3.60 | 92 ratings
Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss
2004
4.29 | 166 ratings
Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2005
3.41 | 68 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 1
2005
3.32 | 62 ratings
Live 1975 At Q.P.R. Vol. 2
2005
3.63 | 55 ratings
Yes (Classic Artists)
2006
3.95 | 134 ratings
Montreux 2003 (DVD)
2007
3.83 | 46 ratings
Yes - The New Director's Cut
2008
3.83 | 42 ratings
The Lost Broadcasts
2009
3.19 | 29 ratings
Rock Of The 70's
2009
3.91 | 63 ratings
Union - Live
2010
3.04 | 6 ratings
Live Hemel Hempstead Pavillion October 3rd 1971
2013
3.35 | 11 ratings
Yes ft. ARW: Live At The Apollo
2018

YES Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.53 | 11 ratings
2 Originals Of Yes
1973
3.10 | 213 ratings
Yesterdays
1975
3.78 | 178 ratings
Classic Yes
1981
3.27 | 112 ratings
Yesyears
1991
3.46 | 75 ratings
Yesstory
1992
3.02 | 75 ratings
Highlights: The Very Best of Yes
1993
2.56 | 32 ratings
The Best of Yes
2000
3.55 | 463 ratings
Keystudio
2001
2.71 | 22 ratings
Yes-today
2002
4.29 | 120 ratings
In A Word
2002
3.14 | 96 ratings
Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection
2003
2.13 | 64 ratings
Remixes
2003
2.52 | 23 ratings
Topography: The Yes Anthology
2004
3.24 | 141 ratings
The Word Is Live
2005
3.88 | 24 ratings
Essentially Yes
2006
3.52 | 18 ratings
Collection 2CD: Yes
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes
2011
4.07 | 43 ratings
Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two
2015
4.71 | 14 ratings
The Steven Wilson Remixes
2018

YES Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.28 | 22 ratings
Something's Coming
1969
3.47 | 15 ratings
Looking Around
1969
2.82 | 27 ratings
Sweetness / Something's Coming
1969
3.34 | 19 ratings
Sweet Dreams
1970
3.41 | 36 ratings
Time and a Word
1970
3.45 | 46 ratings
Your Move
1971
3.12 | 15 ratings
Roundabout
1972
4.63 | 16 ratings
And You And I (Part 1 & 2)
1972
2.87 | 48 ratings
America
1972
4.74 | 19 ratings
And You And I
1974
3.21 | 15 ratings
Soon
1976
3.24 | 38 ratings
Soon - Sound Chaser - Roundabout
1976
2.40 | 15 ratings
Yes Solos
1976
3.66 | 39 ratings
Wonderous Stories 12''
1977
4.04 | 38 ratings
Going For The One 12''
1977
4.20 | 11 ratings
Turn Of The Century
1977
2.66 | 49 ratings
Don't Kill The Whale
1978
3.01 | 36 ratings
Into The Lens
1980
4.23 | 43 ratings
Roundabout
1981
2.36 | 42 ratings
Owner of a Lonely Heart (promo single)
1983
2.17 | 46 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1983
2.69 | 37 ratings
Leave It
1984
2.82 | 21 ratings
Twelve Inches on Tape
1984
3.09 | 32 ratings
It Can Happen
1984
2.39 | 9 ratings
Rhythm Of Love
1987
2.93 | 30 ratings
Love Will Find A Way
1987
2.25 | 38 ratings
Rhythm Of Love (2)
1987
3.33 | 20 ratings
Saving My Heart
1991
2.56 | 40 ratings
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
1991
2.48 | 10 ratings
Lift Me Up
1991
2.76 | 19 ratings
Make It Easy
1991
2.60 | 11 ratings
Yesyears - Sampler
1991
2.60 | 25 ratings
The Calling
1994
3.00 | 2 ratings
Lightning Strikes (She Ay ... Do Wa Bap)
1999
2.82 | 71 ratings
YesSymphonic
2001
2.08 | 5 ratings
Selections From The Word Is Live
2005
3.04 | 62 ratings
We Can Fly
2011

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 Yes ft. ARW: Live At The Apollo by YES album cover Live, 2018
4.07 | 19 ratings

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Yes ft. ARW: Live At The Apollo
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Murphy

4 stars In all candour I had no great expectations of this release but what an unexpected surprise it turns out to be:- As you might expect the playing is stellar and for a guy in his seventies Jon Anderson is in absolutely terrific voice even if his between song banter has him away with the fairies, (twas ever thus!). The material is a mixture of the old standards with some 80's "90125" and even "Union" stuff thrown in. The arrangements on some of the songs have been subtly altered but still sound great.

For any fans put off by the lack lustre offerings being knocked out by the other "Yes" (who frankly look and sound like a group going through the motions) this is a must see or hear from a Band who look and better yet; sound like they are having a great time of it. Yes the dubbed over crowd noise is bloody annoying in places and the artwork looks like something K-tel might have re rejected but don't let that put you off.

Four and a half stars (half a star docked for the crowd noise and cheesy artwork).

 Close To The Edge by YES album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.66 | 4163 ratings

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Close To The Edge
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Patrick_Schlies

4 stars I like Close to the Edge. It's a good album, but I must say it's overrated. The Title track is Yes' best song for sure. It starts with this chaotic jam, that builds to a lovely guitar melody, than the main groove comes in joined by vocal harmonies galore. A few minutes later, things have become almost silent and Chris Squire's background vocals come in with some sweet melodies by Jon Anderson. The Organ kicks in, and then we're back to the groove. It Finally build up to one of the most eargasmic moments of all music when Jon belts out I GET UUUUUUP, I GET DOOOOOOOOOOOWN three times. One of prog's best epics. And You And I starts off as a nice folky acoustic tune, but turns into a melotron masterpiece. And lastly Siberian Khatru. It begins with some mysterious guitar licks, but really gets started when Steve Howe lays out the grooviest guitar riff of all time. Despite all that, the track goes on a minute or two too long. Every time I finish listening to the album I can't help but feel something's missing, it all happens so fast. While I don't consider it Yes's best work (much less prog's), it's a great album nonetheless.
 Yes ft. ARW: Live At The Apollo  by YES album cover DVD/Video, 2018
3.35 | 11 ratings

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Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Muumi

5 stars Yes has never sounded and looked better on digital format. Who would have imagined that after about fifteen years later since Anderson last time appeared on Yes dvd live at Tsongas, he would do miracle and give perfect sounding vocals for live in Apollo blu-ray. I think it's amazing. This is an amazing release with so superriorily playing band that I have to announce that Yes has never sounded better on digital format. All five band members does excellent job, not only playing well, but also by brinning these old songs back to life as they were, with warm hearted profeccionalism. No one can replace Jon Anderson, but other band members also feels unreplaceable. This is best Yes line up at the moment, no doubt. I just wish this same group would do more of this as long as they are able. Highest recommendations!
 Yes ft. ARW: Live At The Apollo  by YES album cover DVD/Video, 2018
3.35 | 11 ratings

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Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Metal / Heavy / RPI / Symph Prog Team

3 stars It's a good thing that Yes had many line-up changes in their career, that's maybe why they still play live after 50 years. They have a large directory of musicians to choose from each time someone left the band, And not only that, I don't know how many times Rick Wakeman, Trevor Rabin, and Jon Anderson left the band and come back. It's like a broken family that still have some love for each other despite many conflicts... Let's get to the main dish: Yes "Live At the Apollo"(Blu-Ray) It's no surprise that with Trevor Rabin on guitar we have some songs from his past experience with the band: "Changes", "Hold On", etc., and the miserable "Rhythm of Love". I am glad that they did "Lift Me Up" from the badly criticise "Union" album. And we have the classic songs of 8 minutes plus including "Awaken" with a new intro thanks to Rabin and the new drummer Louis Molino III. It's also the return of Rick Wakeman who have a bigger symphonic style then Downes who has toured with Yes recently.

The picture is sharp and the audio nice, except that they put more work into adding fake audience noise instead of doing a proper surround mix. Lee Pomeroy is on bass, he's been with Steve Hackett. He has the task to play a short version of "The Fish", and he succeeds nicely. We have a 2 hours show (30 minutes more than previous live releases) with no extra. For those fans who can't get enough Yes. I am still waiting for some great new fresh album, which probably will never materialize.

 Yes ft. ARW: Live At The Apollo  by YES album cover DVD/Video, 2018
3.35 | 11 ratings

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Review by Bilkaim

2 stars I was literally thrilled by the fact I'll be seeing Yes with Jon Anderson once again on a glorious blu ray format, even though there are, sadly, two Yeses at the moment; Chris was gone and Steve Howe is playing with a guy who, to be honest, is a good singer, but totally desecrates the spirit of Yes music when involve himself in singing things like "Close to the Edge" or "And You and I". But after watching the concert for about half an hour my only impression was disappointment and sadness. First of all, in my opinion, the production is terrible, you may hardly hear the sound of drums, especially the soft tones, there is too much noise in the whole event and the guitar help this version of Yes look like an average melodic rock band. Trevor Rabin is simply not a proper replace for Steve Howe. On "And You and I" there is no acoustic guitar, not to mention the slide guitar and the sensitive way of playing which makes Steve Howe's contribution so unique and exciting. Jon Anderson, as usual, is excellent, the rest of the band was simply doing its job. The repertoire is generally acceptable and expected, even though I don't like the 90125 stuff. This was, I would suppose, an event for a live experience, not for a home watching. My hard recommendation is Live at Montreux 2003. Live at the Apollo - definitely not my cup of tea.
 Fly From Here - Return Trip by YES album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.06 | 59 ratings

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Fly From Here - Return Trip
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Review by BrianS

4 stars A number of artists have produced re-recordings of earlier releases in the last few years. Some are brilliant successes (Camel's new version of 'The Snow Goose'), others have pluses and minuses (Wakeman's re-issues of 'Journey' and 'King Arthur'). 'Fly From Here ' Return Trip' is an almost total success in improving the original album.

I would never have purchased this, but my son gave it to me for Father's Day.

I really like the re-vamped version. Trevor Horn's voice has mellowed and dropped a little since Drama, but he's still a damn good singer. I prefer his voice to Benoit's throughout the whole album.

My main two disappointments with the original album was the disconnectedness of the 'Fly From Here' suite and the performance of Squire's 'The Man You Always Wanted Me To Be'. This release does nothing to sew the disparate parts of the suite together; indeed the radio pings at the end of 'Fly From Here Part 2', while fitting the piece well, does tend to separate it even more from the rest of the tracks that are supposed to be part of a unified work.

One of the generally undiscovered gems of 'Magnification' was Squire's 'Can You Imagine'; I just wish it was longer! So I was bitterly disappointed with 'The Man You Always Wanted Me To Be' on the original. On the new album Trevor Horn's really stand out vocal performance are his harmonies on 'The Man'. This will never be a great song, but it is now very listenable to (in production they also seem to have added a little more 'zing' to Squire's voice on the re-issue). Listen to the two versions back to back to really hear the difference; shows what a really good singer (and producer) can do.

As to the other tracks, all solo vocals are improved. 'Into the Storm' is largely unchanged (very little solo singing), but even the short 'Armies of angels'' sections are improved by Horn's voice. I don't like the new instrumental intro to 'Hour of Need', (the weakest 'group' song on the album), it doesn't really link to the original beginning, but I really liked the 'outro' instrumental section that has been added where Steve Howe really goes to town.

I strongly dislike 'Don't Take No For An Answer'; Howe should never be a lead singer and he should've taken No as the answer from the rest of the band!

Overall the re-working of this album raises my rating from 3 stars to 4.

 Topographic Drama: Live Across America by YES album cover Live, 2017
3.50 | 44 ratings

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Topographic Drama: Live Across America
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Review by tvtennis

3 stars Well, what can be said about this release?.... It was one of the most anticipated releases for me personally, since against all odds Drama is to this day probably my favorite YES release. I like the fact that it is a little on the "heavy" side. And also those memorable Squire bass lines and his sound. I kept waiting for the live release to drop a little in price, but finally I gave in and purchased it anyway. I really wanted to like it, I'm personally OK w/Billy Sherwood's bass playing & sound, quite close to the original, his backup vocals are also very good. If there's one negative Re: Mr. Sherwood is that he is a little low in the mix. Squire was always a 'bit more prominent live or in the studio, it drove YES. At any rate, I miss that a little. I'm even OK w/the (supposed) added crowd noise here and there. What I can't seem to get used to is Jon Davison's interpretation of the tracks. I respect him as a musician, his voice does resemble Jon Anderson to some degree, not Trevor Horn so much. His style and delivery is quite drastically different. I remember reading a review somewhere about his interpretation of the YES material, and it said that he sounds like he is about to burst into tears any second. I happen to agree w/that assessment. I was secretly hoping that Trevor Horn would have done a full live show performing Drama (he guessed-appeared here and there for 1-2 songs while they were performing Drama). He did after all re-record FLY FROM HERE - RETURN TRIP replacing Beno├??├?┬«t David's vocals. Even though I like David's performance, I feel that Mr. Horn added a little something to the overall sound.

The second CD almost feels pointless to me, since it is a bit of a mish-mash of material mainly covering "Tales From Topographic Oceans" but not complete, so it feels like a half-arsed offering. Perhaps a single CD covering Drama would have sufficed, or a 3x CD covering both albums as the tour originally was presented live (w/1/2 hr. break between the two performances). All in all a somewhat disappointing release, I don't see myself listening CD2 at all.

 Tormato by YES album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.97 | 1421 ratings

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Tormato
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by karlthec

2 stars I remember being incredibly disappointed when this album came out, the production was awful and the good songs were thin on the ground and lacking melody,

Don't Kill The Whale was alright, the recorded version of Madrigal was no match for the live version they played on the Tormato tour, on which Anderson was accompanied by Rick Wakeman on Grand Piano (much better than the electric sounding harpsichord on here ) and Steve Howe on Guitar, a real missed opportunity, On The Silent Wings of Freedom is head and shoulders above anything on the album and is a classic Yes song.

Future Times/Rejoice - Release, Release and Onward all suffer form being average and lack melody, Circus of Heaven is Jon Anderson at his most embarrassing lyrically and musically, probably one of the worst yes songs he was involved with.

Arriving UFO is just nonsense and a very poor song

Fortunately Yes produced "Drama" after this and while some hardened Yes fans had credibility issues Horn and Downes replacing Anderson and Wakeman, the album was light years ahead of this in quality.

Time has not been kind to Tormato, barring one track it is an album best forgotten

 Going For The One by YES album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.04 | 1876 ratings

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Going For The One
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Cylli Kat (0fficial)

5 stars I'm having no luck at retrieving my former Cylli Kat account. So, I'm posting a few of my old reviews, Hope this is okay with everyone. Originally posted 2011-11-16 with considerable, necessary editing 8-22-2018.

To me, this is the ONE...

For whatever reason, this album has, and continues to so enrapture me...

From the opening count in and unabashedly enthusiastic riff on Steve's pedal steel guitar opening on the title track to the almost ambient ending of "Awaken", this album blew my mind and heart straight to the weeds... This album hit me like a freight train smashing through a feather pillow at 100 miles per hour... I get tongue-tied when trying to talk about this album. There are albums that are great in and of themselves, and then, there are songs and albums that are awesome due to the memories associated with them. For me, Going For The One has all the elements of both: A wonderous story ;) of an album during a wonderous time in my life.

After the perhaps not so successful endeavor that was "Tales From Topographic Oceans" (Which incidentally, turned out that I was the one person that actually loved and was seriously influenced by), to the overly bombastic, maybe overly pretentious "Relayer" (Which I also desperately love), came this absolutely gorgeous, wonderful, ecstatically BEAUTIFUL album. I will TRY to do a reasonable song by song review...

Going For The One: From the opening count in, where you can almost hear the anticipatory joy in Jon's voice, comes Steve with a most unexpected figure on the pedal steel, which just grows into this freakin', joyful MONSTER of celebration! Silly? Yes. Pretentious? Yes. Overblown schlockiness? YES!!! Okay, I'll grant you all of that... But it remains such supremely awesome, joyful FUN!!! This is, after all, YES! Jon writes "Tone Poems"; this is not necessarily supposed to make sense!!! Chris Squire's background vocals are just so engaging and perfect in this song... I just cannot help but feel hopeful, enthused and connected with life after hearing this song...

Turn of the Century: NOTHING other than the falsely attributed "Adagio for Organ and Strings" by Tomaso Albinoni, has EVER hit me like this song did in 1977... Still, to this day, this song puts such a frog in my throat. The story is an overly-romanticized tale of a love that can make the inanimate come to life... Exceedingly silly perhaps, but overwhelmingly GORGEOUS. Every last note of this song hits me like a mule kick to the forehead... Hearing (and learning how to play) this song was such a defining event in my life... For me; it was an eargasm and a half... Steve's descending and ascending runs up and down the modes of the major scale may be fairly straightforward, but it still remains SO moving and effective... And here again, Chris Squire's background vocals, Rick's keyboards, and the understated (but critical in importance) percussion of Alan White are just so incredibly effective in propelling this song into the stratosphere of greatness (in my opinion, at least). This remains to this day my favorite song of all time. Okay, I'll admit, there are technically better, more complicated, more demanding, more sophisticated pieces of music; but this song really touched my heart, and it remains as such an overwhelming influence on my playing...

Parallels: Fresh on the heels of his solo album comes a leftover from the "Fish Out of Water" sessions which the band really liked and here provided a really great vehicle to showcase the playing and compositional skills of Chris Squire. Alan starts the festivities off with some tuned percussion and the song is soon taken over by Rick utilizing the organ at St. Martin's Church in the town of Vevey, Switzerland (piped in via a telephone line). Great playing, and as always the vocal harmonies are fantastic. A thoroughly enjoyable rockin' romp!!!

Wonderous Stories: Please, don't even start with me on how "awful, vapid, inane, insipid" and "bad" this song is. Because I think that you're absolutely, entirely WRONG! If you think this sucks, then perhaps you have entirely missed the point of this delicate, spiritual showcase. This is a wonderful ode of the human spirit longing for the touch of God in one's life. Sweet, somewhat melancholy, and yet imminently hopeful, but not to the point of being sappy. Certainly this is not "Close to the Edge", but it remains a plaintive, honest call of the longing of the human heart to find (and connect with) something beyond (and larger than) oneself.

Awaken: YeeGolly, where do I begin?!?!?!? From the opening figures of Rick's playing all the way through this song... What an adventure... THIS (like King Crimson's "In the Court of the Crimson King") is in my opinion, EXACTLY what progressive is all about: Adventurous, groundbreaking, fulfilling... And yet, it leaves you wanting MORE!!! This song is like a comfortable reclining chair to me... Steve Howe's guitar solo is also something of particular note here, absolutely fantastic!

I am harboring no illusions; I know that my words could never convey to you the love that I have for this album. My hope is that perhaps through my words, you will be convinced to take the time to check this album out for yourself and maybe just allow yourself the opportunity to fall in love with it like I have...

Your actual mileage may vary, Not for use with all Hot Wheels« sets, children, please get your parents' permission before calling...

Grace and peace, Cylli (Jim)

 Close To The Edge by YES album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.66 | 4163 ratings

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Close To The Edge
Yes Symphonic Prog

Review by Chaser

5 stars Yes, this is my first ever review on PA and, yes, I am starting with an album that has probably been reviewed more times than I have listened to it, but how could I not begin with the most celebrated album from my favourite prog rock band?

What new insights can I add to the reams and reams that have already been written about this seminal album?

Probably none. But I can talk about my own experience of listening to this album for over 30 years.

For me, this one of the greatest albums ever made. Flawless in its composition and execution, all of its parts fit together perfectly and the whole album flows seamlessly.

I have played this album so many times over more than 30 years, and I never get bored of it. In fact, I constantly find new elements to enjoy.

This is an album that I could play several times a day and still want more. In fact, I think that, if I lived for a thousand years and played this album every day, I still wouldn't get bored of it. That's how good this album is.

You cannot be a serious prog rock fan and not own this album. It is beyond essential and is arguably prog rock's greatest masterpiece. 5 stars is not enough.

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