Offered for sale is a scarce white label promotional copy of Close to the Edge by Yes, released in 1972.
About this copy: The cover is VG++, with just traces of wear. A sticker that says “promotional copy – not for sale” is attached. The original inner sleeve is included, though is is split along the bottom. The disc is surprisingly clean; it’s close to VG+ with some scuffs from the paper inner sleeve and a few small marks.
We’ve had a number of Yes promo LPs over the years, but this is the only white label promo of Close to the Edge we’ve ever had. A nice copy of a rare LP, as mint copies usually sell for several hundred dollars.
Background: White label promo copies of early Yes albums are rather scarce, probably because the record company didn’t think they needed to go out of their way to promote a band that was already selling well and which wasn’t likely to get much airplay on AM radio anyway.
This copy of Close to the Edge is a white label promotional copy, made for radio station use. Because the title cut ran 18:50, the promotional copies were specially mastered to cut the title song into six bands, allowing radio stations to easily cue up whichever part of the song they wanted to play. This version has “DJ” etched into the dead wax on each side of the disc.