Close to the Edge B/W Rocket Man/Meryl Streep from Nick Awde and Desert Hearts is an EP that mixes elements of straight-ahead rock with prog and punk. Clocking in at 15 minutes, ‘Close to the Edge’ is possibly the first genuine reinterpretation of Yes’s milestone prog rock epic, and it gets further reinterpreted in the lush closer ‘Close to the Edge (Reprise)’. Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ also gets a revamp complete with crashing chords and a soaring chorus, followed by the taut rocker ‘Meryl Streep’ that trades killer guitar and sax riffs.
Musicians include Fred James Hill and Knox of the punk rock group The Vibrators on guitars, New York singer-songwriter Dean Friedman (of hit Lucky Stars fame) on piano and vocals, ex-Camel drummer Andy Ward, ex-Wizzard saxophonist Nick Pentelow and multi-instrumentalist Lyndon Connah (Level 42, 64 Spoons). Probably the first CD to feature the new Mellotron M4000 on each track.
1. Close to the Edge (15:04)
2. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) (4:13)
3. Meryl Streep (4:12)
4. Close to the Edge (Reprise) (2:06)
Published by Desert Hearts, 2010