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Tale from Topographic Oceans [VINYL] [Limited Edition]

Yes Vinyl
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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Far and away the longest lasting and the most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, Yes proved to be one of the lingering success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock ... Read more in Amazon's Yes Store

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  • Vinyl (26 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Friday Music
  • ASIN: B00555Z2PS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Yes 19 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had read so many negative reviews of this album on the 'net and elsewhere, that as a result, the forbidding reputation of this album compelled me to buy it. And I really don't understand the objections - particularly from some Yes fans. It bears all the hallmarks of classic Yes - indeed, it appears to me to be the summit of their achievements so far. Perhaps in its day, it was one 'prog rock' opus too many: now however, we appear to live in an age where things can be appreciated for themselves, without being compared and contrasted with opposing trends.
There is much that is symphonic about this work - and if you have some appreciation of classical music and can happily endure the sublime enormity of the symphonies of Bruckner and Mahler, then 'Tales'will be an effortless joy. There is so much strong music here - both melodically, and in terms of the sometimes astonishingly original and vigorous 'orchestration'. Contrary to some opinions, 'Tales' is never boring - the material shifts and moves quickly and dramatically within each movement or 'song', that one often feels each section to be over far too soon. There are so many ideas here, realised with creative surety and strength. 'The Remembering' in particular, with its ethereal evocation of the tides of the cosmic ocean, has to be the most ambitious and magical of all of Yes' compositions so far. 'Ritual' of course is an absolute classic, which many fans will know well - particularly because of the (it has to be said, superior) version on 'Yesshows'. The same label of 'classic' can also be applied to 'The Revealing ...' Even the much reviled 'The Ancient' is really good - although it does perhaps provide the one moment (and it is only a moment) of weakness, during the percussive section when their focus is lost a little.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
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This has always been the most controversial album by Yes, both amongst fans and critics of progressive rock who use it as an example of why prog rock is not a good thing. But within the ranks of their catalogue it stands as being their most ambitious album. In context, the album is a huge achievement. Yes were after “Close to the Edge” at a critical and commercial high point. It would have been so easy to repeat that formula to maintain that position. Instead the band decided to push the envelope further and see how far they could reach. They took the bold decision to experiment with what could be achieved with long form compositions. The results are this album, four tracks all around the 20 minute mark. The first piece, “The Revealing Science of God” now has an added intro which sets the scene for Jon Anderson’s “Dawn of life” intro. “Ritual” is all tribal with a beautiful song in “Nous Somme Du Soleil”, but there is so much to enjoy here. The most audacious piece, “The Ancient” is bold in it’s execution. Steve Howe’s guitar shines all over a mainly instrumental track. The band are almost as frenetic here as they would be on the following “Relayer”, with layers of percussion, synths and guitars all fighting for attention.
Critics have called this album difficult and stated that there was an overstretching of musical ideas. This is not the case. I think the album evolves naturally over each of it’s tracks. It is complex, thematically and musically, but I think the whole thing holds together very well. It has stood the test of time very well. It is the album by them that I re-visit the most, finding new nuances from each listen.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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When I'd first acquired this album,back in the 80's, after I'd been turned on to Yes with the commercial 90125,and then having explored my parents 70's Yes collection and fallen in love with "Close to the edge",and "Relayer" and "Going for the One",I finally got around to buying this in the beautiful gatefold vinyl it was meant to be presented in.

"Close to the edge" had the jazz fusion into Baroque church organs,the folky ballad whimsy of "And you and I",and the crazy hoedown of Siberian Khatru with it's cyclical loop riff.Relayer had the Jazz/rock mania of the "Gates of delirium" and "Sound chaser" with the beautiful and a bit manic "To be over",and Going for the One had three quarters more commercial,but still with soaring guitar,fat bass riffs,church organs,and madrigalesque guitar topped off with the incomparable eastern delight of "Awaken".So what would I make of the album that had sent Rick Wakeman running a mile,but not before he'd ordered a curry in the middle of one live rendition of a track from topographic because he didn't have much to play on it.

Well,ironically,I think there's actually rather alot of great keyboard and synth playing on this album,which I get the feeling he rather felt was just a wash- blagging it out between ideas,and felt he was not really mad about it.But if you listen to Close to the edge,apart from the big organ solo's some of the accompanying keyboard is not that symphonic a palette wheras I think here the keyboards take a bigger role than piano or cathedral organ.Much nicer sounds than he's used since anyway. My first impressions were:

The revealing science of God mesmerised me with it's fantastic production,multi harmony vocals, eastern tinged guitar,epic sweep and exciting drumming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Tales from Topographic Oceans
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This was an album from my youth that I wanted to revisit, and hadn't heard for a long time. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Iain
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Yes Fans
Not of course one of their most highly regarded albums but there are some good tracks on it and they sound good on CD quality and so cheap to buy that it makes sense to get it if... Read more
Published 15 days ago by BD
1.0 out of 5 stars It's terrible, but in a way I like it
The problem I have is that if I give it a high star rating, people might actually buy it. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy.

Thing is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by William "William Jack" Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Topographic Oceans
Used to have this on vinyl Glad to be able to get it on MP3. Excellent value for money as there two extra tracks which are worth listening to.
Published 1 month ago by bobtdouglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex, but worth persevering with
'Tales From Topographic Oceans' is, undoubtedly, the most controversial album in the group's history. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Prog Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales From The Reviewer's Keyboard
The problem with this album (or more accurately it's listeners) is that it doesn't conform to the main idea of what other albums of the period were like. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Peter Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal, Eternal, Wise, Perfection
I bought "TFTO" on the first day of its release, wrapped it immediately in a gatefold plastic sleeve and smuggled it into my school assembly hall, where I put it on the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by TQ2Boyz
4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate prog record?
Tales from Topographic Oceans was released in December 1973 to pretty universal condemnation by the music press. Read more
Published 2 months ago by tpbdurisdeer
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Remember to sail the skies'
'Tales from Topographic Oceans' Yes' 1973 concept album is one of their best and most successful works. The album is divided into four songs based on the four shastric scriptures. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John F
4.0 out of 5 stars Oceans Of Music
This album has become so controversial in the history of 1970s music that I feel I need to defend rather than review it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alexander J. Dunn
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