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Tales from the Topographic Oceans Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 2 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00007LTIA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Revealing Science Of God / Dance Of The Dawn
2. The Remembering / High The Memory
3. The Ancient / Giants Under The Sun
Disc: 2
1. Ritual / Nous Sommes Du Soleil
2. Dance Of The Dawn
3. Giants Under The Sun


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By George Vona on Dec 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've been revisiting the prog rock classics that I listened to in my adolescence. As a classically trained professional musician, I was wondering if any of these recordings would thrill me the same way as they did back then. I'm happy to report that they do. I can't imagine anybody with an ear for music not being blown away by the superb musicianship of the members of Yes, ELP and Genesis. (I've also had a chance to listen to Brand X so add them to the list as well!).
Which is a longwinded way of getting to Tales from Topographic Oceans. I bought this album back in the 70's and never listened to it more than a couple of times. It left me cold. I guess I was expecting it to really kick ass like Close to the Edge. (Since I've returned to Tales, I have to admit that, at first, I missed the the punch that the bass and drums had on the earlier Yes recordings).
Given the dearth of interesting pop music over the last twenty years, I got the CD to give Tales another chance. Now that I have had the opportunity to listen to it a few times, I have to say it is an extremely moving listening experience. Yes, the flaws are well documented (lots of great sections but nothing that holds together overall as well as Close to the Edge, lots of padding, too much of a Steve Howe vanity project, not enough Wakeman, experimental bits that sound way out of place). Now let's talk about the strengths. This album has the most beautiful music that Yes ever made, bar none. For example, is there anything in all of Yes's recordings that compares to Wakeman's Mellotron and Moog episodes in Remembering? How about the last 5 minutes of "Ancient"? Steve Howe and Jon Anderson are at the top of their form throughout.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Hutton on May 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
First of all, and it's not incredibly important but here it is anyway, "Tales of Topographic Oceans" boasts the single greatest cover in the history of albums, period, end of story. You can stare at it for hours and find new bedevilments, and you don't even have to be high. An album cover, when it's not just a perfunctory photo of the band staring moodily into the camera, can be a powerful aphrodesiac and a clue, giving you a taste of what you're in for if you buy the album...and that is exactly what Roger Dean's absolutely magnificent cover painting does. You know what you're looking at...and yet you DON'T know what you're looking at, and that's exactly the sensation you feel listening to "Tales".
Okay: check this out. Trek back to the 1970's, when there were no such things as CDs, just vinyl albums with two sides, about 20 minutes each side. Throw on 5 or, if you're daring, 6 songs on each side, each track about 3 minutes long, and you're done. Blah blah blah. Then...along come bands like Yes and Genesis and King Crimson, encouraged by the likes of Dylan and the Beatles, and they say, "To HELL with the accepted norm...and not just song length, not just song subject matter, not just instruments...but to hell with EVERYTHING you ever told us we could do. Why can't rock music fit onto a jazz platform? Why not a classical music platform? Why not try something different? Why not try EVERYTHING???" So try they did, and those who must name every new thing called it Progressive Rock, and it was good. Then came the ultimate Prog Rock album, Yes's "Tales of Topographic Oceans", a double album with just FOUR songs, each 20 minutes long, each filling one album side, the single ballsiest move in rock and roll since "Sgt. Peppers"...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Conley on April 28 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm not going to get in the debate over where this album fits in the "officially sanctioned" order of Yes's albums. Each and every one of us puts that in a different order - heck, I put them in a drastically different order now than I did 20 years ago. And that'll probably change in another 20 years, God willing.
My brother introduced me to Yes in the late 70's - Close to the Edge in its entirety and Roundabout were far and away my favorites then ('course, they were his, too -- hmmm). In '82, in the midst of my punk & new wave phase, I bought Fragile on a whim. Within 3 weeks, I had EVERYTHING they'd ever released. WOW!! It was all fantastic and I couldn't get enough of them. Thankfully, I was single and in the USAF so I could blow every $$ and still have room&board :-)
Years went by, I lost most of my album collection in the late 80s, and I didn't listen to any Yes until a year ago, when I started buying the CDs (CTTE first). As I build my collection again, I find that TFTO is now far and away my favorite. If it were possible to wear out a CD, it'd be trashed after only 4 months! (BTW, Fragile, Relayer, and Tormato have all taken a precipitous slide in my ordering - some good but much not good).
I am absolutely astonished how good this is. As many others have pointed out, its long songs do demand much of you to listen carefully throughout. But I find that the best part. My life is so busy these days (mid-40s, mid-career, mid-kids, mid-life). To take the time and sit quietly throughout this whole album is a beautiful break in my life. I find much of it very uplifting and re-energizing, and very little of it that is not fascinating. I play it over and over at work (thank goodness for wireless headphones and relaxed management!).
Give it a good listen - give it a 100 good listens - I think it's worth the effort.
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