Sound — 10
This is the last album Yes made with drummer Bill Bruford and is definately one of the best. Though there are only three songs on the album (all over ten minuetes long) they are mabey some of the bands greatest displays of talent. With Jon Andersons unique vocals, Steve Howes amazing guitar, and Rick Wakemans incredible keyboards make all the songs a gem. Before I listened to Close to the edge I had know Idea a band could get so musically talented, and of course I was wrong.
Lyrics — 9
The 18 minuete long song close to the edge has some of the most meaningful and mysterious lyrics ever written by Jon Anderson. And the song "And You And I" have beutiful vocals by Anderson, along with his harmonies with Steve Howe and Chris Squire on Siberian Khatru.
Overall Impression — 10
There is no greatest Yes album, but if I had to choose I would put it in my top three (along with Relayer and Going for the one). Though all the songs are wonderful the best is obviously Close to the edge, with its amazing guitar intro, passionate vocals, and excellent organ solo, all four pars of the song are definately worth killing 20 minuetes for. If I were to complain about anything it would be the guitar solo at the end of Siberian Khatru, but is easily made up for in the rest of the album.