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Download Yes Close The Edge 1972 (Remastered 1994) Rar

As if the original album wasn't great enough, Wakeman's ambition is now channeled through much more prepared performers (and neatly, the original singer returned here with a more experienced take after 41 years).Everything sounds more balanced, it's better mixed, it's more refined and the orchestra is tight in response with the rest. I also respect that the instrumentation itself remained unchanged for the most part to preserve the 70's vision.The grandiosity of King Arthur could not be contained in a single disc, hence why Rick decided to record every single track he had originally planned for the first release, doubling the album's length into a truly epic prog opera-like masterpiece.There is a very clever use of leitmotifs throughout the story, which helps to picture what characters are involved in the situation. Composition-wise, not a lot of rock composers come close to the level of refinement Rick Wakeman possesses. It's clear he had a classical background beforehand and uses this knowledge with care without necessarly leaning too much into a single genre, as yes, the album blends many of them flawlessly.I won't go into details for every piece as there are quite a lot and as I am myself a composer with a rigorously-trained ear, my analysis tends to become quite elongated and I tend to get too in-depth.All I will say is that "The Last Battle"'s segment after the final speech always sends me chills and I sometimes tear up a bit every time I hear it. Dare I say even my father who is an ancient music specialist and professional baroque/classical performer agrees that it is a "giant and impressive work of art".Bravo Wakeman. social review comments Review PermalinkPosted Thursday, January 19, 2023 Review this album Report (Review #2876507)

Download Yes Close The Edge 1972 (Remastered 1994) rar

Talk was released in 1994 to mixed-to-negative reviews, but I have a weird soft spot for it. I openly acknowledge it's far from Yes's best work, but it's the first album where they sound like Yes since Drama. Well, some of the time, at least. Rabin still had a heavy hand in the songwriting, and it's a pretty pop-inflected album. The production is as slick as ever, and there are some nonessential tracks here.The opening "The Calling" is cheesy as all get-out with a huge, radio-friendly chorus. But unlike anything on Union (or most of what was on Big Generator), it's actually catchy, and the band seem to have put some effort into it. But I can't be quite so kind to the next song, "I Am Waiting". This is another piece of evidence that Yes should not do ballads. Sappiness is not something they've ever been able to pull off.The nearly-nine-minute "Real Love" feels like Yes's first true progressive rock song since The Buggles were in the band. It's slow-building, and Rabin's soloing feels quite David Gilmour-inspired. (It's not a very Yes-like solo, but it fits; this is a pretty Pink Floyd-y song.) Like elsewhere on this album, the chorus is built up to be huge and catchy, but the organ, crunching bass, and twisting guitar lines help it feel grand."State of Play" is another awkward big-riff song, and it suffers from a lot of the same ills as Big Generator. The aforementioned big riff is pretty good, but the verses are clumsy and tuneless. "Walls" (co-written by Roger Hodgson of Supertramp) is similar in its grandiose riffage, but it's a stronger song with some almost-country flavor.Talk closes on "Endless Dream", Yes's first suite since "Machine Messiah", and it's a welcome return to form. It opens with rapidfire piano, huge, heavy guitar and bass, and pounding drums. This opening salvo, while not quite on par with the opening minutes of "Heart of the Sunrise", is in the same family. Part two is mostly slow and gentle, led by Tony Kaye's keys. It avoids pop sweetness and feels genuine. I'd compare it to "Wondrous Stories" or the "Soon" section of "Gates of Delirium". Layers of weird, froggy guitar lines build up under Yes's trademark group vocals while Alan White's drumming keeps the song churning and lurching forward in uneven starts and stops. "Endless Dream" ends on a softer note, floating on a sound which, while surely intended to feel majestic, comes off as dated.Review originally posted here: social review comments Review PermalinkPosted Friday, March 31, 2023 Review this album Report (Review #2903106) 041b061a72


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