January 12, 2020
Start Date: January 5, 2020
Final Price: £46.50 (GBP)
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Close To The Edge
1st Press UK
1972 Ultra Heavy vinyl
Machined First UK press matrices: the earliest possible issue and according to the mother stampers this copy is one of the very first issued in the first few days. A3 and B2. These earliest mothers indicate a first week of issue of this very rare debut LP!
YES took their sound to even more epic proportions on "Close to the Edge", arriving at a plateau that found their ambitious individual styles comingling in a profoundly organic setting. "Close to the Edge" may well be the band's finest moment: surely its succession of brilliantly rendered musical themes is one of progressive rock's crowning achievements. The side-long title track returns to the elastic and acrobatic sound of "The YES Album", forsaking the heavier sound of "Fragile" for a fluidity and clarity that brought all of the instruments into play. The vocals of JON ANDERSON have rarely sounded so angelic, the guitar histrionics of STEVE HOVE intermingle madness and lucidity, RICK WAKEMAN's arsenal of keyboards effervesce throughout the arrangements, and CHRIS SQUIRE's bass slides in and out of the melodies with often fantastic consequences. (BILL BRUFORD, while seemingly incapable of being less than creative and unconventional in his rhythms, is called upon to play the musical straight man through much of this music.) Open space, something that "Fragile" had little need for, plays an even larger role on "And You and I." The song starts with an acoustic introduction from HOWE, and the magical journey is soon underway, invoking moments of sublime beauty with uncanny ease. By comparison, the muscular "Siberian Khatru" is perhaps too heavy handed, although the broad lexicon of sound at the disposable of HOWE and WAKEMAN is again amazing.
"Close to the Edge" is easily the tightest tapestry of music that YES has woven, and a culmination of the styles explored on their last two albums. Sadly, BRUFORD left to join KING CRIMSON before the album was released, effectively ending what many still consider to be the band's "classic" lineup.
Vinyl: EX+. Both surfaces retain their original deep, glossy sheen. There are a couple of the usual sleeve retraction paper traces only visible under a strong light. There are no marks. There is just one light wispy hairline, it is only shallow and can hardly been seen, the record sounds sensational. Beautiful labels and here it can be seen that the LP has been clearly looked after by a careful owner.
Outstanding audio delivery in all respects with a crystal clear, deep, rich, warm and detailed sound and on playback at a loud volume (which is how I always listen to my LPs prior to listing and it's always an immense pleasure to return to this one) there is barely any surface noise. This is a beautifully clean pressing (and I must emphasise again how difficult it is to find a copy which plays this well). The whole LP sounds absolutely great and plays to a high standard with superb clarity, no groove-wear and no distortion and is very strictly graded a strong EX for audio - great copy!! Of course, NO skips, NO jumps, NO ticks.
Labels: NM. One tiny sticker on one side.
Gatefold Sleeve: EX. Extremely hard to find this textured sleeve without any issues, and this is indeed one of the better copies I have ever come across and will most certainly be pleasing to most prog collectors. A couple of tiny creases near the spine. NO storage wear on the top edge and only lightest to the bottom one. Spine fully legible, lettering 100% light wear to the centre spine . Any storage wear is just ultra light. The opening is super crisp. The inner gatefold is near mint. Of course NO tears, NO writing.
Insert : EX. The lyric inner is the original and in fantastic condition and has two small seam splits.
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