Barry Diament's mastering was from a bad tape he was given, and is too dull and has peak related distortion throughout and the Japanese HDCD is a smiley faced version of that. The Joe Gastwirt was good, but No Noised and maximised a little.
The Rhino is too bright and maximised a lot. MFSL is uncompressed, from the best master tape, minus Noise reduction and very clear. A great job. Nice midrange as per usual for an SH masteringwith an excellent bass that is missing from the Gastwirt remaster. The Rhino is too bright again. Whoever did that one got it right - brightening up the sound of the tapes doesn't improve them.
Barry Diament says he didn't do the mastering, but whoever did knew to leave them alone. Tales From Topographic Oceans - as per Yessongs. The original IS the best. Relayer - tricky one. Still evaluating this as I've never really liked the sound of this album much.
John BuchananOct 2, Location: NJ. Have you heard the flat transfers on the Blu-ray releases? Freezerburnabzachweekendtoy and 3 others like this. Location: UK. I had no idea the Gastwirf version of "Fragile" was no-noised. I thought that was highly regarded. Location: Germany. Just what we need, another thread about the best sounding Yes CDs. Oh well I don't notice any no-noise on it. For a while I favoured the Rhino but it's just to compressed for extended listening Relayer: Original Atlantic.
EndymionOct 2, Location: mt pleasant michigan. ScottbFuturecity and princesskiki like this. Location: Denmark. Delicious peak levels. Ritual in two parts as on the vinyl I assume - never owned the vinyl. I must admit I've had a hard time getting into the first generation Close to the Edge that I have, but having been through both the re-masters, the re-masters and the first generations the only ones I now own I'm fairly satisfied.
I know Yesshows was re-mastered inbut not inand also there isn't any standard US or European first generation of it correct? I wonder if Steven Wilson would ever re-mix Tormato. Location: Rural England the UK one. Always room for updated opinions on classic albums, even if they have been discussed before Sometimes its good to start a new thread to bring in fresh opinion. Close to the Edge - Audio Fidelity.
I remember how excited I was when Steve first announced this. Yessongs - original. Location: W. I think I need the thump.
Its an Close To The Edge - Yes - Trilogy (CD) battle for me. I have the originals of Yessongs and Tales and am happy enough with them. Location: Great Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I like The Rhino Tales best. The eq choices add some life to an otherwise often dull recording the original vinyl was no great treat either.
Pete PumaOct 2, Location: Denver, CO. The Yes Album : Flat transfer from either HDTracks or the Wilson set I believe the former was released well ahead of the latter, Close To The Edge - Yes - Trilogy (CD) these could be the same mastering?
I do like the MFSL despite the reduced dynamic range; at the very least, it's a good one for the car. Fragile : MFSL. The Joe Gastwirt is second. Yessongs : Original Atlantic fatboy 2CD set. Relayer: Flat transfer from the Wilson set, although the remix he did for me is so much better than the shrill, congested-sounding original mix in any form. VeeDubOct 2, This thread was started because I couldn't find any threads on anything but individual CDs.
Check out the DR database for an apparent lack of dynamic range there, compared with the BD master. There is far too big a difference to be explained by simply more bass in the MFSL. There simply must have been a problem with decoding Dolby A encoding here, or the wrong tapes were supplied. Shawn Britten has stated that here was Close To The Edge - Yes - Trilogy (CD) compression applied by MFSL during mastering, so it's the only logical conclusion. It doesn't look brick walled, but rather like analog compression or peak limiting has been applied to the recording - the ebb and flow of the waveform has been unified.
I should have saved my Atlantic gold CD packaging though - Atlantic did an excellent job there. I normally really like Barry Diament's style of mastering it's similar to our host' sbut he really was supplied with an awful tape and told to use it. Yessongs and Tales From Topographic Oceans are examples of where I was led by the boom and tizz "improvements" up a garden path.
I rather like the remixes. The flat transfers will be particularly interesting in the cases of Fragile and Tales From Topographic Oceans. Location: Connecticut, USA. I am curious how others feel about the Gastwirt mastering of Tales It is the only version I have owned and maybe isn't great but has never sounded bad to me.
Every copy of the original Atlantic I have seen has been too expensive for me to try and I am not a fan of any of the Rhinos I have heard so I won't go there. Does anyone else like Close To The Edge - Yes - Trilogy (CD) Gastwirt Tales from Topographic Oceans or at least find it Close To The Edge - Yes - Trilogy (CD) Location: United States. Here are my preferences for the classic period: The Yes Album - Diament. I also enjoy the Gastwirt and Rhino remasters when I'm in the mood for some more "sparkle" in the sound.
Fragile - Tie between the Diament and Gastwirt. The former is very crankable and has good EQ, but I don't like the distortion that's present in South Side of the Sky. This is the only version of Close To The Edge to have been completely remixed from the original multitrack tapes since The songs, instantly familiar to a multitude of Yes fans, remain so, with the new mixes — especially in 5. Extras: America in new Steven Wilson 5. Extras for BluRay Edition only: A needle drop recording of the whole album from a pristine original vinyl LP pressing.
Instrumental mixes of the whole album. Instrumental version of America. All the Original Mixes and Single Edits are in The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps. In a little over nine months the band consolidated its growing popularity and commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic, created one of its most revered and enduring pieces and, in the process, said farewell to a founding member.
Even in the face of this setback, the undeniable momentum which had begun gathering with The Yes Album and Fragile enabled YES to embrace change with relish. This influx of interest was undeniably helped by the presence of Roundabout on FM radio. Bill Bruford recalls relaxing by a hotel pool and hearing the song roughly every 45 minutes. I thought the band could get into performing with that sort of musical positioning.
The idea was very simple. It was that way-out jazz side of things we were drawing on. Another Howe song pre-dating the rehearsal and recording sessions was thrown into the mix. I get high and low on the whole concept of life. I get up, I get down.
So it worked out that Steve and Chris sang that while I sang my melody over these exact same chords. It was magical more than anything because it… well, it just happened. Recorded in the London church, St.
He had a studio background so he knew when to speak and when not to speak, unlike me! Rick would give the harmonic modulation necessary to do that. Wakeman agrees. What was great was the rest of the band felt the same way. Rules are there to be broken, Close To The Edge - Yes - Trilogy (CD).
Just after seven minutes as the throbbing heartbeat bass pulses, the track becomes the musical equivalent of looking into the back of a watch with the inner mechanism exposed; cogs and wheels perfectly synchronised, oiled with energy and intelligence. If you want to understand progressive rock you need look no further. I was painting landscapes to look real and, in the most literal sense of the word, enticing.
I wanted it to pull you in and make people want to imagine what it would be like to visit that place. What should have been a moment of triumph was undercut when Bruford announced he was leaving to join King Crimson. Bill leaving for King Crimson was always the strangest thing to me at the time, especially as we were doing so well. It was confusing, really. A masterpiece. It had everything to do with music.
Sid Smith is a freelance music writer and author of numerous sleeve notes. You can find out more at sidsmith. A seasoned witch could call you from the depths of your disgrace And rearrange your liver to the solid mental grace, And achieve it al l with music that came quickly from afar Then taste the fruit of man recorded losing all against the hour.
Running down at the edge, round by the corner, Not right away, not right away Close to the edge, down by a river Not right away, not right away. Down at the end, round by the corner Close to the edge, just by the river Seasons will pass you by.
My eyes convinced eclipsed with the younger moon attained with love It changed as almost strained amidst clear manna from above. Sad courage claimed the victims standing still for all to see As armoured movers took approach to overlook the sea There since the cord, the license, or the reasons we understood will be. Down at the edge, close by a river Close to the edge, round by the corner Close to the end, down by the corner Down at the edge, round by the river.
Guessing problems only to deceive the mention, Passing paths that climb halfway into the void As we cross from side to side we hear the total mass retain. Down at the end, round by the corner Close to the end, down by the river. Seasons will pass you by. In charge of who is there in charge of me Do I look on blindly and say I see The way? The truth is written all along the page How old will I be before I come of age For you?
I get up. I get down. The time between the notes relates the colour to scenes, A constant vogue of triumphs dislocate man so it seems, And space between the focus shape ascend knowledge of love As song and chance develop time lost social temperance rules above.
Then according to the man who showed his outstretched arm to space, He turned around and pointed revealing all the Human race, I shook my head and smiled a whisper knowing all about the place.
Called to witness cycles only of the past And we reach all this with movements in between the said remark. Close to the edge, down by the river. Down at the end, round by the corner. As a foundation left to create the spiral aim, A movement regained and regarded both the same.
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you. Changed only for a sight of sound the space agreed Between the picture of time behind the face of need. Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid Emotion revealed as the ocean maid All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you.
Coins and crosses never know their fruitless worth Cords are broken, locked, inside the Mother Earth.
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