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Yes - Close To The Edge - Original 1972 UK Atlantic label 1st issue 3-track LP

€ 85
ArtistYes
TitleClose To The Edge - Original 1972 UK Atlantic label 1st issue 3-track LP
Price € 85
GenreROCK
FormatLP
Record labelAtlantic Recording Corporation
Catalogue noK 50012
CountryUK
Year of release1972
GradingVG++ (Vinyl and Labels)/VG+ (Inner Sleeve)/VG+(+) (Cover)
Stock listYes
Additional infoOriginal 1972 UK Atlantic label 3-track LP - the 1st issue of British prog-rockers fith album - crowning achievement and their last to feature drummer Bill Bruford, who left to join King Crimson - featuring the single "And You and I (Part I)".

Richard Cromelin thought the bands sound to shine "...with a freshness and crispness that doesn't seem likely to tarnish quickly." and wrote in his 1972 Rolling Stone magazine review: "The band firmly and beautifully manipulates the whole of its gargantuan sound, not only handling drastic dynamic contrasts with breath-taking ease, but also taking things from a taut, compressed, coiled-spring feel to spacious, expansive vistas."
Pitchfork journalists put their ears to the needle'Close To The Edge' on the 2004 Rhino reissues* labelling arguing that 'And You and I' were "..arguably the ten most gorgeous minutes Yes ever laid to tape" - ultimately ending the review stating that the album was "an essential document of just how powerful prog could be when focused."

Vinyl has the generic green and orange company labels with top integrated and boxed 'A' and 'fan' logos above capital lettering company name. White mid-label banner has sound format and side numbering.
Vinyl has machine stamped matrix information:
Side 1: K 50012 A1, mother/stamper A 2 3
Side 2: K 50012 B2, mother/stamper D 2 3
Basically extremely close to the very first set of A1/B1 master matrices - probably used concurrently? and then there is the argument about 1st pressings...

Vinyl is housed in a 1st issue green and black printed lyric inner sleeve - ultimately in the 1st issue textured gatefold picture cover with silver trim around title and band name.

Condition: VG++ (Vinyl and Labels)/VG+ (Inner Sleeve)/VG+(+) (Cover):
Vinyl is superlustrous and displays hardly any signs of play or handling - only a touch of barely visible sleeve inflicted only marks - next to nothing.
Labels have a very light degree of spindlewear - labels and vinyl are overall easily graded near mint.

Inner sleeve has a little wrinkling and rubbing - graded VG+ - cover just a marginal degree of wear - more pronounced along edges on front and along to and bottom vinyl outline on back.
Seams and corners are almost without rubbing - cover is at least close to near mint/excellent - a simply very nice copy.

Tracklisting:

Side 1:
1. Close To The Edge (Jon Anderson, Steve Howe) 18:43
a. The Solid Time Of Change
b. Total Mass Retain
c. I Get Up, I Get Down
d. Seasons Of A Man

Side 2:
1. And You And I (Jon Anderson - Anderson, Howe (except "Eclipse"), Bill Bruford, Chris Squire) 10:08
a. Cord Of Life
b. Eclipse
c. The Preacher, The Teacher
d. Apocalypse
2. Siberian Khatru (Jon Anderson - Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman) 8:55

Recorded at February - July 1972, Advision Studios, London, England

Credits:
Jon Anderson - Vocals
Chris Squire - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Steve Howe - Guitar, Vocals
Rick Wakeman - Keyboards
Bill Bruford - Drums, Percussion

Technical Credits:
Eddie Offord - Recording Engineer, Production
Yes - Production, Arrangements
Mike Dunne - Tape Technician

Artwork:
Martin Adelman - Photography
Roger Dean - Cover artwork, Photography

Brian Lane - Coordinator