Classic Rock Albums: Close to the Edge

It’s time for a bit of Prog-Rock, on this day (13th September) in 1972 Yes released their fifth studio album Close to the Edge.

It was their last album of the 1970s to feature their original drummer Bill Bruford, who left to join King Crimson.  Close to the Edge became the band’s greatest commercial success, peaking at No.3 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and No.4 on the UK Albums Chart. Yes went on a world tour of over 90 dates to promote the album with Alan White replacing Bruford on drums.

This was also the first album which had the band’s iconic logo, designed by Roger Dean.

Close to the Edge was a particular favourite of Rush’s Geddy Lee who regarded Yes as the single most important of all the progressive rock bands.  The album came in at no.4 in the Rolling Stone magazine’s ’50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time’.

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