Close to the Edge by Yes was my anthem growing up. It is often referred to as the greatest progressive rock album of all time. It was released in 1972 and the engineering techniques employed to put the album together were nothing short of genius. There are looped tracks of Anderson’s vocals harmonizing with himself, other tracks inserted slightly out of sync, and the use of different audio equipment and speakers to vary the sonic effects. Remember, this was 1972 and Yes was right in the middle of a world tour at the time. The instruments had to be set up and torn down for every studio session without the aid of computerized engineering equipment to calibrate and tune for consistency. This was an amazing accomplishment for an album where the title song lasted 18 minutes, an entire album side.
This track, And You and I, illustrates some of those techniques while giving us one of the most impassioned love songs of the progressive rock era.
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you.