Very, very interesting news today from The Second Disc (run by some of my absolute favorite people, Mike Duquette, and Joe Marchese (who also writes for The Digital Bits)). It would seem that one iteration of an audio update isn’t enough for Close To The Edge (SACD from Audio Fidelity), the landmark album from YES. There is another coming. But what makes this even more interesting than it already is are several pieces of additional news.
First and foremost, this version of Close To The Edge is being remixed by Stephen Wilson, he of the band, Porcupine Tree, and of several acclaimed remixes that include Jethro Tull’s Aqualung, the first two albums from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and several King Crimson albums. With news that he is attached to the project is enough to send paroxysms of happiness among fans of his work.
Secondly, the album will be remixed not only into hi-res Stereo status, but also into 5.1 surround sound, which should make fans of surround quite happy. While I’m not a 5.1 surround fan by any measure, I have to admit to being interested in hearing what could be done with such a fine, fine album classic. YES is one of those bands that would have used it had it been available back in 1972.
Further, this album is expected to be released not only in CD/DVD-Audio formats but also CD/Blu-ray Audio (BD-Audio). Now that’s some piece of news.
Acquired by Steven Wilson’s Facebook page, the press release notes that the sets are to be released via the Panegyric label in October. It also promises more information to come. To add to the excitement, the label hints at other YES albums to receive the same treatment soooo how excited should we YES fans be? Of course.
Of course, Panegyric didn’t stop there. There are a new King Crimson remix of The Road To Red, also expected in October, and a Steven Wilson remix of Nonsuch from XTC, which is due in September.
Looks to be a fine Fall shaping up already!