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Close To The Edge

Features of This Track

electronica influences
a subtle use of vocal harmony
varying tempo and time signatures
mixed minor & major key tonality
electric rhythm guitars
prominent use of synth
subtle use of acoustic piano

These are just a few of the hundreds of attributes cataloged for this track by the Music Genome Project.

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trinn17
Believe this is from a Pay per View concert they did in California (?) Wonderful video on You Tube of that concert and them performing this song. Howe had always said it was by far the most difficult Yes tune to perform live. Grew up with the Yessongs version but am awestruck at how well they performed here. Remember, they weren't 22 year old kids anymore when they did THIS particular show! Have to agree with daleebrittai n though. Arguably the greatest 20 min of music ever !
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Very good rendition, but doesn't come anywhere near the CTTE version on Yessongs. Which in my opinion, is the greatest 20 min of music ever.
For you youngsters, smoke a fatty, put the headphones on and enjoy the ride.
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This track sounds better than what I heard from Yes. However, I can't say that I know much about either of these collaboratio n s .
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This is awesome and Max is a pretencious dick.
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Max S. I am not a musician, so I can not speak as you do to the misplaying of this version. But having listened to the track about 200 times, I can not speak ill of this performance. That snare is problematic, but otherwise, I enjoyed this.
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rconsoli0
Great track great memories hanging out &partying down by the beach
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the opening was butchered. im sorry, i love yes, i love close to the edge, and from a musical perspective this rendition was absolutely butchered. they're rushing in places, losing their beat in places. unfortunate play of a very good song.
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So many layers, sounds, harmonies! Great!
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Goes great with shrooms
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Bruford!!!!
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gblewitt7
Seeing Yes tonight in Reno!! I've heard they may be playing CTTE. Let's hope that comes true...
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tom.onusaiti s
I love this live version, except for one thing: the bass is too low in the mix and it's unbalanced. I know Squire wasn't there, but a listener should still be entitled to some low end! It had full body live when I saw this tour in person in 1989. Jon Anderson never sounded better live than on this ABWH tour IMO - he was amazing!
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acousticbob
This is not the song I'd choose to play for someone as the first Yes song they ever hear, because it is long and deep and takes repeated listenings to appreciate its full beauty. And You And I from the album's flip-side might be that in-your-face , get-it-first - t i m e song.
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I've long cherished the original CttE, but this live version is just...beyon d !
21st Century instruments and sound and 40yrs worth of experience and maturity in a band of virtuoso musicians just puts this at a whole new level.
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carlkparsons
I prefer the Yes song Awaken to Close to the Edge, personally, but I REALLY love Mind Drive.
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jim-ritual
The second best Yes song of all time! But I like the original recording off of Close to the Edge better.
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I saw them do this at the Shoreline, and later in San Luis Obispo, lucky me...It's worth mentioning that it was firstly at the Berzerkly Community Theatre so long ago (and at 7 other shows throughout the years)
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So many unique compositions sound soooo good!
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One of the best songs ever... but then, Yes is one of the greatest bands ever. I wish Pandora would list Tales From Topographic Oceans.
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jkriess7
that organ is GRRRRRReat
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birdsembrace 3 2
simply, another version of a timeless YES classic,neve r gets old!!
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A lot of good Yes music. Too bad they are not still making it like Fragile, Yessongs and Awaken
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I miss music like this so much I become sad
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If you like CttE, how about Awaken, off Going for the One?
Two of my most favorite Yes songs.
And two of Rick's as I hear in an interview.
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From "Magic Bus" to "Close To The Edge"... only on Pandora.
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sglover76
Awesome. Brings back great memories
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wow, i've only listened to about one tenth of this and it kicks A**!
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Close To The Edge, my favorite piece of music. I've also got "I", but I'm not sure what Dean's talking about. Enlighten me.
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sorry my sound cut out I had to reset this was and is going great . thanx!
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This version of CTTE has something in common with side one of Patric Moraz's "I". Anyone care to guess?????
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This is great - I have the '73 concert footage - they just get so into it ! There is no way these guys could get high or even drink before (or during a) performance ! No way, Jose' ! ( ...maybe afterwards though...)I love it - I am a big fan of YES...I feel sorry for the non-fans; they don't know what they're missing !
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Close to the Edge is the definitive ProgRock song. I you are interested try Patrick Moraz "I" (very meaty...)
Tommy G

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