Yes – Close to the edge (The ’59) #086

The ’59 2018 #086: 180327

Yes – Close to the Edge (1972)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. We’re currently at year 14 – 1972

Released on 13 September 1972 by Atlantic Records, Close to the Edge was the 5th studio album from Prog Rock gurus, Yes. Following a tour in support of their previous album, Fragile, the band returned to Advision Studios in London to record their next album. Self produced with the help of audio engineer Eddy Offord, the album has just three tracks: “Close to the Edge” on side one; “And You and I” and “Siberian Khatru” on side two.

When recording for the album finished, drummer Bill Bruford, frustrated by the band’s style and laborious recording in the studio, left to join King Crimson.

Close to the Edge became the band’s greatest commercial success at the time of its release, reaching No.4 on the UK Albums Chart.It was reissued in 1994, 2003, and 2013, the latter including unreleased tracks and a new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mix by Steven Wilson.

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Yes – Going for the One (Epic #358)

The Epic 2017 Project #358: 171224

Yes – Going for the One (1977)

Going for the One is the eighth ‘Yes’ studio album, released on 15 July 1977 by Atlantic Records. It was recorded in Montreaux, Switzerland after the band took a break in activity for each member to release a solo album and their 1976 North American tour. It marks the departure of keyboardist Patrick Moraz and the return of Rick Wakeman, who had left to pursue his solo career after musical differences surrounding Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973). In a departure from their previous three albums, Going for the One features shorter and more direct songs written without a unifying theme or concept, and saw Yes record with new producers, engineers and cover designers.

A remastered edition was released in 2003 that contains several previously unreleased tracks from the album’s recording sessions. Yes supported the album with a six-month tour of North America and Europe.

Yes – top rock albums

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Issue 91 of ‘Classic Rock’ magazine – published in April 2006 – featured the 100 Greatest British Rock Albums ever. As I am fortunate enough to have 60 of these in my collection, this is day 26 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1.

Day 26: Number 50/100: Yes – Siberian Khatru (from Close to the Edge – 1972)

Yes – top rock albums

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Issue 91 of ‘Classic Rock’ magazine – published in April 2006 – featured the 100 Greatest British Rock Albums ever. As I am fortunate enough to have 60 of these in my collection, this is day 15 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1.

Day 15: Number 68/100: Yes – Long distance runaround (from Fragile – 1971)

Yes – top rock albums

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Issue 91 of ‘Classic Rock’ magazine – published in April 2006 – featured the 100 Greatest British Rock Albums ever. As I am fortunate enough to have 60 of these in my collection, this is day 2 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1.

Day 2: Number 97/100: Yes – “Yours is no disgrace” from the Yes album (1971)

Artful albums #9: Roger Dean – Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973)

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Roger Dean (b.1944), a graduate of the Royal College of Art, together with Storm Thorgerson (more about him later) is credited with the transformation of the album cover from perfunctory packaging to the status of art form in its own right. This example is the gatefold cover for the 1973 Yes album ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’. But you really should check out his website and have a look at the other stuff he’s done over the years – http://www.rogerdean.com