Album of the Day
Close to the Edge (Deluxe Version)
Consisting of three epic recordings - “Siberian Khatru,” “And You and I” and the side-long title suite - CLOSE TO THE EDGE is among Yes' finest albums and a milestone of progressive rock, The 1972 collection was also the most demanding the U.K. quintet had yet recorded; drummer Bill Bruford came up with the title to describe where it had pushed the band, and he left the group shortly after the set's release. But the exhausting work paid off with some absolutely dazzling music and a Top 5 hit on both sides of the Atlantic (it would eventually be certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.). The Deluxe Version of CLOSE TO THE EDGE includes single edits of “America” and “Total Mass Retain” plus alternate versions of two album tracks, and we'll give it another spin now to wish Yes singer Jon Anderson a happy birthday.