YES’s STEVE HOWE on “Close to the Edge” Album: “That’s Another World”

YES's STEVE HOWE on "Close to the Ednge" Album: "That’s Another World"

Jeff Perlah of Newsweek recently talked with Yes‘ guitarist Steve Howe about his career, Hall of Fame, and Yes‘ discography.

Asked about his all-time favorite Yes record Howe commented, “Well I’ve moved the goal post on that a few times. For a long time, I did say ‘Relayer‘ because of ‘To Be Over,’ and also ‘The Gates of Delirium’ [he hums part of that song]. But you look over the whole repertoire, I think what establishes the breadth of Yes is really ‘Close to the Edge.’ When we did that, we had so many sort of sides to our game. And we were able to really stylize the group, for each song, very individually. And each part of [the song] ‘Close to the Edge’ in itself, is a segment. Like when you take the void in the middle, with the ‘In Her White Lace’  and ‘I Get Up, I get down’ with the organ. That’s another world.

That’s why I think ‘Close to the Edge‘ is one of our greatest achievements. When you look at the timeline, it came out in the same year as ‘Fragile‘ — which is a very fascinating record, the only one we’ve done that has solos from everybody. I keep saying to the band, let’s do that again. But sometimes doing something again doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same again.

You can read the full interview with Steve Howe here.

Yes will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April by Rush‘s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

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