YES Released Magnum Opus ‘CLOSE TO THE EDGE’ 50 Years Ago Today

Back in time

13 September 2022

Band: YES
Who: British prog rock titans who scored their greatest
triumphs when sublime voice Jon Anderson fronted the band.
Active: 1968–1981, 1983–2004, 2008–present / 22 albums (so far)
with last year’s The Quest as the most recent one.

Anniversary LP: CLOSE TO THE EDGE – their 4th
Released: 13 September 1972 – 50 years ago today

AllMusic wrote: “With 1971’s Fragile having left Yes poised quivering on the brink
of what friend and foe acknowledged was the peak of the band’s achievement, Close
to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic “And You and I” and “Siberian Khatru,”
plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination
of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years. Close to the Edge would make
the Top Five on both sides of the Atlantic. Close to the Edge was a flawless masterpiece.”

Score: 5/5.

TUTV: Big one, but Relayer (1974)
still is the ultimate YES LP to my ears.

Stream full album here.

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