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Artist: Yes

Title: Tales From Topographic Oceans

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Category: Prog Rock

Year: 1973

Label: Atlantic

Catalog Number: 82683


Jon Anderson Vocals
Bill Bruford Percussion
Steve Howe Guitars, Vocals
Chris Squire Bass, Vocals
Rick Wakeman Keyboards
Alan White Percussion


Disc 1
1.  The Revealing Science Of God (Dance Of The Dawn)  20:27
2.  The Remembering (High The Memory)  20:38
Total Running Time:  41:05

Disc 2
3.  The Ancient (Giants Under The Sun)  18:34
4.  Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)  21:36
Total Running Time:  40:10

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Big Papa K Date: July 1, 2004 at 15:44
Maybe one of the most unlistenable albums of all time as this is prog rock at it's most excessive. The best way is too listen to one song at a time and not attempt to go through the whole album at once. This is a very ambitious project, but it is just a struggle to listen too. However, their is some great stuff to be found in each song. 7/10

From: Dean Date: July 10, 2004 at 2:28
This could have easily been made more palatable simply by breaking it up into more easier to digest songs. I don't really think it would have killed the flow or continuity of it. The decision to present it like this probably hindered more than helped. There is some really good material here and is probably my favorite Yes album. Well worth the effort. 9/10

From: Brian Mc Date: November 6, 2004 at 14:51
Yes' lyrics on their previous lp's conjoured up images & creative thinking in a most exciting method. Lyrics on "Tales..." seem to be nothing more than drunken rants of a New Age nitwit. There comes a time when not even good weed & drink can make us think we understand what we're hearing and with this lp it's now! I don't even like the music. I love "Close to the Edge" & "Relayer" but "Tales..." was a complete miss for me. Save your money on this & buy Yes member's solo stuff from the '70's.

From: Date: November 18, 2004 at 15:18
I first got into this LP when I was painting my bedroom, it was a long old job, just me, my paint and the record player. If you listen to it back to back, over and over about 3 or 4 times in a row, then it just goes 'click' in your head, and you suddenly see it for the overwelming beauty it is. Compared to Fragile (group tracks brilliant, solos rubbish), Relayer (only Gates... really any good), Tormato (hit and miss), and what you have is a really great album that no one wants to listen to. Give

From: Robin london Date: November 18, 2004 at 15:19
(continued from above) Give it a go, it really is a sumptuous listen.

From: Nick C Date: December 15, 2004 at 15:14
Robin above is bang on! If you give it a few spins it does indeed "click". I had a similar experience not painting bedroom but tidying it up (I was a messy kid!). I had borrowed the album off a friend and ended up playing it through quite a few times whilst the big clear up was in progress. This is the album that really got me into Yes so it'll always have a special place in my heart. Aerosmith - Live Bootleg and Head East - Live were other tidy up faves as well haha!

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