Yes "Close to the Edge" Amsterdam, 2002
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOrdEcJZyt0
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvAa-RtwIhI
Yes' 1972 album "Close to the Edge" built further upon their album "Fragile", show-casing both their musicianship and composition abilities. The title track became an iconic piece for the Prog Rock genre, and even today's PR aficionados will typically mention CTTE as one of the top contributions to PR of all time. The song is lush with beautiful imagery, unusual time signatures, high-level musicianship, and multi-layered harmonies and counterpoint structures. The tight playing of guitarist Steve Howe and bassist Chris Squire is just plain clever, and the addition of the enthusiastic European Festival Orchestra is the icing on the cake.
Of particular note is keyboardist Tom Brislin. Yes' regular man (Rick Wakeman) was supposed to accompany them on this tour, but had scheduling conflicts due to other commitments. As a result, Brislin had less than a month to learn the entire repertoire before the tour! I know most of us are guitar players, but Brislin certainly deserves an "Atta boy!" for this effort.
This is a long one (+20 minutes) which is often a criticism of Prog Rock, i.e., it asks a lot of the listener. I find that a big mug of tea and some of my wife's home-made peanut butter cookies are ideal to enjoy with this. I hope you find this piece worth the effort.
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