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Released: Sept. 13, 1972

Rating: 4.120 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: progressive rock

Quotable: “a flawless masterpiece” – Dave Thompson, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Close to the Edge
    a. The Solid Time of Change
    b. Total Mass Retain
    c. I Get Up, I Get Down
    d. Seasons of Man
  2. And You and I
    a. Cord of Life
    b. Eclipse
    c. The Preacher, the Teacher
    d. Apocalypse
  3. Siberian Khatru

Total Running Time: 37:56


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1.3 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart 4

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • And You and I (11/11/72) #42 US

Notes: The 2003 Rhino reissue adds the single version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America,” the single edit of “Total Mass Retain,” an alternate version of “And You and I,” and an alternate version of “Siberian Khatru” known as “Siberia.”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Close to the Edge
“With 1971’s Fragile having left Yes poised quivering on the brink of what friend and foe acknowledged was the peak of the band’s achievement, Close to the Edge was never going to be an easy album to make. Drummer Bill Bruford was already shifting restlessly against Jon Anderson’s increasingly mystic/ mystifying lyricism, while contemporary reports of the recording sessions depicted bandmate Rick Wakeman, too, as little more than an observer to the vast tapestry that Anderson, Steve Howe, and Chris Squire were creating. For it was vast. Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic And You and I and Siberian Khatru, plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years. Close to the Edge would make the Top Five on both sides of the Atlantic, dispatch Yes on the longest tour of its career so far and, if hindsight be the guide, launch the band on a downward swing that only disintegration, rebuilding, and a savage change of direction would cure. The latter, however, was still to come. In 1972, Close to the Edge was a flawless masterpiece” (Thompson).

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previous album: Fragile (1972)

Last updated April 28, 2008.