YES / Close To The Edge Multitracks Mixes / 1CD

YES / Close To The Edge Multitracks Mixes / 1CD / Virtuoso

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Beyond the band’s best masterpiece, the crisis is one of the treasures of one music genre “Progressive Rock”. A super-excellent demo album approaching the backstage of the production is a permanent preservation decision.
ア ー ト It’s an overly simplistic artwork with a masterpiece of three songs. A magnificent song like a symphony while maintaining the beat feeling as a rock band. What is evolving rock and what is a symphonic rock? There is no music work that embodies the ideal image as easy as “crisis”. Even now, nearly 50 years later, the brilliance has not faded even the fine dust, and it has become a huge entity that even the created YES parties can not surpass. I wrote that it was too much now, but what I want to say is that the studio that was producing the crisis was the site of a miracle. This work is a studio album where you can experience the process of assembling the miracle.

[Sound quality beyond the dimensions of the demo] え ば To put it bluntly, this is a collection of demo tracks for Crisis. It contains 3 takes of “Crisis” during production, 2 takes of “Comrade”, and 3 takes of “Siberian Cartour”, all of which are significantly different from the completed version (additional bonus tracks of 3 takes are also recorded) But that will be discussed later). It’s like a masterpiece sketch. However, the music that flows in reality cannot be expressed in such words. First of all, the sound is too different from what is recalled by saying “demo”. At first glance it is completely different from the finished version, but the sound quality itself is not at all inferior to the finished version. It is a sound source that suddenly appeared in the early 2010’s, but it did not have any dubbing marks, and when it was bad, it was much fresher than the official remastered board that was processed later. It is a superb sound board sound source that breaks down the fixed concept of “demo = sound is shoboi” into fine dust.
It is also fresh that surpasses the finished version. This depends on the take, but with some effects, but mostly less than the finished version. In particular, John Anderson’s vocals are more “live”, and you can feel the “closeness” of playing guitar and drums at your ears.

[Highly complete demo that can be enjoyed as another version] ● Crisis (3 takes)
れ る What is drawn with such a sound is another figure of the super famous board “Kiyoshi”. From here, let’s talk about each song. First of all, there are three demos of the title track “Crisis”. The finished versions have different lengths, “Crisis # 1” is “3:21”, “Crisis # 2” is “13:27”, and “Crisis # 3” is “3:21”.
危機 “Crisis # 1” starts with “The Solid Time Of Change”, but from there it is a short arrangement that quickly enters the highlights. It’s like a single / total DL, but it’s not just short, it’s different for each take, vocals and melodies are different, and the performances that are layered precisely are different (partially). Completely imagined, it’s as if you were trying to create a medium-sized song from the intro and the most delicious parts.
「Alternative“ Crisis # 2 ”is a long version approaching the finished version (18 minutes 41 seconds), but the ensemble is rougher. The performance itself is not rough, but a type like a rough mix. Not only is the moog not overdubbed, but there are also very few choruses and effects. And the performance and vocal take are different. It’s not as simple as a skeleton, but it’s like taking a big song before decorating it.
The next “Crisis # 3” is again a short version of the 3 minutes range. It is a take that enhances the completeness of “Crisis # 1,” and the ensemble itself is quite close to the finished version. However, the sweetness of the claws is still visible due to the vocals. Eddie Orford is said to have assembled a large piece of music by cutting and pasting tapes, but it may be one of those parts.

● Comrade (2 take)
“Comrade” also includes two takes of different lengths, “Comrade # 1” is “10 minutes 57 seconds”, and “Comrade # 1” is “2 minutes 40 seconds”. First of all, “Comrade # 1” is the only take in this work that is longer than the completed version (9 minutes 59 seconds). Although you expect unexpectedly more grand tunes than the finished version, what flows out is the opposite world. Although the basic structure of the song does not change, the decorations such as chorus, effects, and overdub are clearly less, and the finish is fresh. There is no 4-minute or 9-minute steel guitar. The most surprising factor in the length is the ending. In the completed version, the theme replies, but in this take, the melody is completely different and the melody is greeted. Although it feels a little bit short, this is impressive. It is the largest treasure in this work that makes you feel another possibility of a masterpiece.
同 “Comrade # 2” is more complete with steel guitars in spite of its shorter length. Maybe they kneaded in each part.

● Siberian Cartour (3 takes)
The last “Siberian Cartour” also has a total of three takes, one long version and two short parts. “Siberian # 1” is “9 minutes 21 seconds”, “Siberian # 2” is “2 minutes 20 seconds”, and “Siberian # 3” is “2 minutes 6 seconds”. “Siberian # 1” is a fresh take that starts with a “1, 2, 3, 4” count. John’s scat “Duddu …” in the 3 minute range is also very different (you can hear the voice of the studio momentarily), and the 7 minute scat “Da!” Is not included. The cutting of the guitar in the rust part is a loud, and in the finished version the solo played by the harpsichord is also an organ. And more than that is the whole freshness. Although this paper mentions some minor differences, this work is not basically “locally different from the finished version”. Every part is different at the moment you listen. If the mix is ​​rough, the rhythm squad and the raw are bare, the decoration is extremely small, as if it were a studio live for only five people. This work contains a vivid version of all three songs, but this take is the best in rawness.
“Siberian # 2” is a short version that is close to the finished version. It also has guitar solos and John’s scat, and has a lot of chorus and decoration. However, the effects are still rough, a version that seems to be packed with trial and error. The last “Siberian # 3” is at a similar stage, and may be the latter half of “Siberian # 2”.

[Individual take extracted from the finished version multi] It is a treasure for just such a demo, but in this work, we added an additional studio sound board for “Keishou” in press. It’s a track extracted from three album songs. “Criss” and “Siberian Cartour” are rhythm squads (bass and drums), and “comrades” are only guitar and drum tracks.
The performance itself is the same as the finished version, but the freshness of extracting only two instruments is enormous, and the fine parts of the performance are super vivid, even to a little bend and tom turn. The outline of the song is also clear. Unlike the main part demo, it is not something that can be enjoyed as music, but the fun of the performance whose expression changes suddenly by transposition etc. far surpasses the finished version. Above all, it is a take that can not bear the fun that each part that created a miracle is exposed.

Above, it is a collection of 11 treasures, 76 minutes 43 seconds. Sound quality that I would rather call a studio album rather than a demo. And above all, it is a super-excellent studio soundboard recording that details the process by which miracles piled up to form a super-name board “crisis”. A historical one with a different dimension than many demo albums. Please enjoy it with a permanent preservation press CD.



「危機#1」は「The Solid Time Of Change」からスタートしますが、そこから一気にハイライトへ入る短尺アレンジ。まるでシングル・得DL一途のようですが、単に短いのではなくテイク毎異なり、ヴォーカル・メロディも違えば、緻密に重ねられていく演奏も(部分的に)違う。完全に想像ですが、イントロと一番美味しいパートから普通サイズの曲を作ろうとしたかのようなテイクです。






Close To The Edge
1. Version 1
2. Version 2
3. Version 3

And You And I
4. Version 1
5. Version 2

Siberian Khatru
6. Version 1
7. Version 2
8. Version 3


9. Close To The Edge (Bass & Drums)
10. Siberian Khatru (Guitar & Drums)
11. Siberian Khatru (Bass & Drums)

Jon Anderson – Vocals
Steve Howe – Guitars, Vocals
Chris Squire – Bass, Vocals
Rick Wakeman – Keyboards
Bill Bruford – Drums

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