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Yes – Tales from Topographic Oceans November 9, 2006

Posted by erouhban in Music, Prog Rock.

tales.jpgIt is now well known that you either like or dislike this album. As an avid yes fan, I have to say that this is one of their best. Listening to it is a little tiring with 4 very long tracks changing the album’s momentum continuously, but after 2 or 3 runs you start feeling its magic. The album is packed with terrific work from Steve Howe and Chris Squire. Rick Wakeman does give you an impression that he wants out (he did leave after Tales) although he has 2 very nice solos in there, and Alan White does a good enough job not letting you miss the brilliant Bill Bruford. Surprisingly, Jon Anderson sings his utmost best; the amazing lyrics are -as always- beyond this world and are sang beautifully.  

“The Revealing Science of God” is one of the best ballads I have ever heard, a great progressive song as well as a great tune with a beautiful ending. “The Remembering High the Memory” and “The Ancient Giants under the Sun” are more technical; the latter having a nice classic guitar piece in the middle. “Ritual” is also a great tune with very nice bass work, and again, nice vocals at the ending. 

All in all “Tales” is a must for all Yes and progressive rock fans. You have to remember that this album came after the best ever progressive release -“Close to the Edge”-; expectations were high and critics very harsh.



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