Thursday, 7 April 2016

Yes, “Close to the Edge” from Close to the Edge (1972): YESterdays

Yes was flying high after the success of 1971’s Fragile, their fourth album. With the addition of Rick Wakeman, the world’s greatest progressive rock band developed a gravitas in arranging epic songs like “Heart of the Sunrise” and “Roundabout.” They then entered Advision studios in London in the spring of 1972 with the intent to further their development.
Close to the Edge, the resulting studio project, represents a furthering of the process and the second cycle of Yes albums without a change in personnel. The three songs, recorded quickly by co-producer Eddie Offord, reflect significant contributions from all Yes members. Nowhere is this more apparent than the title track.
“Close to the Edge” song represented a slightly different approach to arranging and recording, as most of the parts where done live by Yes. Substantial overdubs where employed, however, and various pieces of compositions by Jon Anderson and Steve Howe were arranged together with input from Chris Squire, Eddie Offord and Rick Wakeman. The opening track, credited to Anderson and Howe, represents four movements over 18 minutes. The lyrics, written mostly by Jon Anderson, were inspired by the Hindu/Buddhist mysticism based on the book Siddhartha.

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