Steven Wilson Remixes of The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Relayer, and Tales from Topographic Oceans: Lacquers for 180g 6LP Box Set Cut by Chris Bellman at Grundman Mastering
Yes marks its 50th anniversary with the release of the 6LP box set The Steven Wilson Remixes that spotlights five studio albums that helped secure the band's recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including The Yes Album (1971), Fragile (1971), Close to the Edge (1972), the double album Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973), and Relayer (1974). Each album features remixed audio by Steven Wilson, released on vinyl for the first time. Chris Bellman cut the lacquers from high-resolution master files at Bernie Grundman Mastering for stellar audiophile sonics.
After their initial release in the 1970's, Wilson's articulate remixes shine a light on the stellar performances that run deep through each of these albums, from hits like "Roundabout" and "I've Seen All Good People," to side length epics like "Close To The Edge" and "The Gates Of Delirium." The record case features artwork created specifically for the set by Roger Dean, whose art and trademark calligraphy are synonymous with the band's identity; two of the albums, Close to the Edge and Tales from Topographic Oceans, have new cover art, while the remaining three covers have been reworked by Dean.
The music included in this collection confirms the band's standing as the most enduring, ambitious, and virtuosic progressive band in rock history. It also follows the band through a number of personnel changes. Starting in February 1971 with Yes' third studio release, The Yes Album, the band featured vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford. Released just nine months later, Fragile was Yes' first release with keyboardist Rick Wakeman. The same line-up returned on 1972's Close To The Edge. A year later, drummer Alan White made his Yes debut on Tales From Topographic Oceans. And finally, keyboardist Patrick Moraz joined for Relayer in 1974.