The Solid Time of Change
September 23, 2012 11:26 AM Subscribe
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Yes's Close To The Edge
(quite possibly, progressive rock’s defining masterwork
) has turned 40.Though they continued to produce beautiful, challenging, influential music [...] these forward-thinking Brits set an untouchable precedent during this fertile period, as ‘Close to the Edge’ makes evident. The biggest reason is the visceral chemistry between the players. The quintet of vocalist-lyricist Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, keyboardist Rick Wakeman, and percussionist Bill Bruford only made two albums together [...] But in a way, they said all they needed to say on this album. The combination of Anderson’s psychedelic, wide-eyed lyrics and anthemic vocal melodies fit perfectly with some of the fiercest, most intricately layered instrumental passages in the history of rock music. Those passages came courtesy of Bruford’s jazz-fusion finesse, Wakeman’s classical-tinged elegance, Howe’s spidery eclecticism, and Squire’s surging, muscular thud.
Close to the Edge (the song)
i. "The Solid Time of Change"
ii. "Total Mass Retain"
iii. "I Get Up, I Get Down"
iv. "Seasons of Man"
live in 1972
And You And I
i. "Cord of Life"
iii. "The Preacher the Teacher"
live in 1972
Live in 1979 (with big deal opening fanfare and yes, that stage is revolving).
Those responsible endeavor
And about those lyrics. The annotated Close To The Edge
Close to the Edge (live symphonic - 2001)
And You And I (live symphonic 2001)
Jon Anderson performs Close to the Edge with a bunch of teenagers
Jon Anderson performs Close to the Edge live in Slovakia 2009 with what seems to be a pick-up band
... but it's a good one.
YES - Sounding out
(1971 documentary, before Close to the Edge)
Bill Bailey vs Yes
Prog Rock Britannia - an Observation in Three Movements