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Episode 5 – ‘Close to the Edge’

The fifth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the fifth album, ‘Close to the Edge’.

Close to the Edge CD and vinyl
Vinyl purchased circa. 1989, CD circa. 2005 (click to enlarge)
  • Is this the classic Progressive rock album?
  • Are there any classical music parallels to be found here?
  • What gives the music its ‘hook’?

Listen and see if you agree with me then let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me via the different routes on the right hand side!

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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources:

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Yes Music PodcastHomework for next time:

Listen to Yes’ sixth studio album – ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’ (1973)

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5 replies on “Episode 5 – ‘Close to the Edge’”

In response to if “Close to the Edge” was the first rock piece to occupy an entire album side: I am not sure if it is the first but “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly was released in 1968 and lasts all of Side B of the album.

Wonderful description of “CttE”, Kevin! I have heard it countless times and you were able to piece together parts that I had heard but did not register in my mind, if that makes any sense. I would rate it as THE penultimate progressive rock album.

Thanks for that information about Iron Butterfly – very interesting! Also thanks so much for the very kind comment. That’s exactly what I’m trying to do – listen out for parts I have not registered before so it must be working!

Keep listening and thanks again!

I would like to find a way to get my podcast software to collect all the old podcasts. It would make it much more easy for me to listen to. I don’t like or use apple’s.

AntennaPod. I have used it for years and love it. I was able to figure out how to get most of them but the earliest one I can get that way is episode 96. I’ve tried listening the the first 5 episodes via the website on my phone but if I have to get out and come back I have to start over. Thanks and I love the podcast. I’ve been listening to Yes since the album Fragile was released. I’m almost 66 years old now.

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