Yes ‎– Tales From Topographic Oceans

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Tales from Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album by Yes, released Friday December 7, 1973 on Atlantic Records. Presented as a double album with one track on each side, its concept is based on singer Jon Anderson’s interpretation of four Shastric scriptures from a footnote in Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. It is the first studio album to feature drummer Alan White, who replaced Bill Bruford in 1972.
Tales from Topographic Oceans became the first album in the UK to earn a gold certification prior to its release. It reached number-one on the UK Albums Chart for two weeks and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200.

Versions (118)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
K 80001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album) Atlantic K 80001 UK 1973 Sell This Version
SD 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans (RI)(2xLP, Album, Promo, Gat) Atlantic SD 2-908 US 1973 Sell This Version
480001/1 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans Vol. 2(Cass, Album) Suzy, Atlantic 480001/1 Yugoslavia 1973 Sell This Version
K 480001 A, K 480001 B Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCass, Album) Atlantic, Atlantic K 480001 A, K 480001 B Italy 1973 Sell This Version
480 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCass, Album) Atlantic 480 001 France 1973 Sell This Version
GX 01-683, GX 01-684 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album) Atlantic, Atlantic GX 01-683, GX 01-684 Spain 1973 Sell This Version
80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album) Atlantic 80 001 France 1973 Sell This Version
2SD 908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album) Atlantic 2SD 908 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
LP-S-39-27/28 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album) Atlantic LP-S-39-27/28 Portugal 1973 Sell This Version
2SD-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album) Atlantic 2SD-908 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
2SD 908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album) Atlantic 2SD 908 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, 2 L) Atlantic 80 001 France 1973 Sell This Version
ATL 80001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic ATL 80001 Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
K 80001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic K 80001 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
SD 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic SD 2-908 US 1973 Sell This Version
ATL 80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic ATL 80 001 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
SD 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic SD 2-908 Australia 1973 Sell This Version
SD 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic SD 2-908 US 1973 Sell This Version
ATL 80001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic ATL 80001 Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
SD 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic SD 2-908 US 1973 Sell This Version
P-5128~9A Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic P-5128~9A Japan 1973 Sell This Version
K 80001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic K 80001 UK 1973 Sell This Version
60-14 101/102 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic 60-14 101/102 Uruguay 1973 Sell This Version
50.035 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic 50.035 Venezuela 1973 Sell This Version
SD 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic SD 2-908 US 1973 Sell This Version
L2WA-5041 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic L2WA-5041 Mexico 1973 Sell This Version
ATL 80001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic ATL 80001 Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
ATL 80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic ATL 80 001 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
STBO-95571 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic STBO-95571 US 1973 Sell This Version
A 0136/7, 0136/7 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, M/Print) Atlantic, Atlantic A 0136/7, 0136/7 Greece 1973 Sell This Version
SD 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, PR;) Atlantic SD 2-908 US 1973 Sell This Version
SD 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Promo, Gat) Atlantic SD 2-908 US 1973 Sell This Version
E 3186 /1 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE) World Record Club E 3186 /1 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
ATL TP 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(8-Trk, Album, Dou) Atlantic ATL TP 2-908 US 1973 Sell This Version
ATL CS 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(Cass, Album, Dou) Atlantic ATL CS 2-908 US 1973 Sell This Version
K480001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(Cass, Album, Dou) Atlantic K480001 UK 1973 Sell This Version
ATL CS 2-908, CS 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(Cass, Album, Pin) Atlantic, Atlantic ATL CS 2-908, CS 2-908 US 1973 Sell This Version
ATL 908-H-DP Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(Reel, 4tr Stereo, Album, RE) Atlantic ATL 908-H-DP US 1973 Sell This Version
500-59/60 S Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans = Cuentos De Oceanos Topograficos(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic 500-59/60 S Spain 1974 Sell This Version
ATLP-066/067, 3-02-404-046/047 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album) ATCO Records, Continental (3) ATLP-066/067, 3-02-404-046/047 Brazil 1974 Sell This Version
2402 051/2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album) Atlantic 2402 051/2 Greece 1974 Sell This Version
ATLP-066, 3-02-404-046/047 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album) ATCO Records, Continental (3) ATLP-066, 3-02-404-046/047 Portugal 1974 Sell This Version
2. 908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic 2. 908 Turkey 1974 Sell This Version
ATLP-066, ATLP-067 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) ATCO Records, ATCO Records ATLP-066, ATLP-067 Brazil 1974 Sell This Version
ATL 80001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic, Rádio Triunfo ATL 80001 Portugal 1974 Sell This Version
60-14.101-2, 60-14.101-1 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Music Hall, Atlantic, Atlantic 60-14.101-2, 60-14.101-1 Argentina 1974 Sell This Version
ATL 80 001, ATL 80001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Suzy, Atlantic ATL 80 001, ATL 80001 Yugoslavia 1974 Sell This Version
SD 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Pre) Atlantic SD 2-908 US 1974 Sell This Version
SD 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic, Asociación Fonográfica Nacional - "Asfona" M.R. SD 2-908 Chile 1976 Sell This Version
ATL 80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE) Atlantic ATL 80 001 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
GM-200.2292 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Atlantic GM-200.2292 Venezuela 1978 Sell This Version
20.041/2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE) Atlantic 20.041/2 Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
P-5508~9A Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Atlantic P-5508~9A Japan 1980 Sell This Version
ATL 80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE) Atlantic ATL 80 001 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
P-4612~3A Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic P-4612~3A Japan 1983 Sell This Version
2 908-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album) Atlantic 2 908-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
7567-81325-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE) Atlantic 7567-81325-2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
32P2-2885~6 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE) Atlantic 32P2-2885~6 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25013 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE) Atlantic 25013 Venezuela 1989 Sell This Version
AMCY-367-8 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE) Atlantic AMCY-367-8 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
7567-82683-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Atlantic 7567-82683-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
82683-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Atlantic 82683-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
82683-4 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(Cass, Album, RE, RM, Dou) Atlantic 82683-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
AMCY-4032~3 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Atlantic AMCY-4032~3 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
AMCY-2736 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(HDCD, Album) Atlantic AMCY-2736 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
AMCY-2736 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(HDCD, Album, Promo) Atlantic AMCY-2736 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
YESCD 10990509/10 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Not On Label (Yes) YESCD 10990509/10 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
CDM 0600-450 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(CD, Album, Unofficial) CD-Maximum CDM 0600-450 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
CDM 0600-450 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(CD, Album, Unofficial) CD-Maximum CDM 0600-450 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
AMCY-6296/7 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(HDCD, Album, RE, RM, Min) Elektra, Atlantic AMCY-6296/7 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
82683-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Atlantic, Elektra, Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records (2) 82683-2 Argentina 2003 Sell This Version
8122-73791-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Elektra, Rhino Records (2), Warner Strategic Marketing 8122-73791-2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
R2 73791 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Sli) Rhino Records (2), Elektra R2 73791 US 2003 Sell This Version
WPCR-13519/20 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Atlantic, Warner Music WPCR-13519/20 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
WPCR-75498/9 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Elektra, Rhino Records (2) WPCR-75498/9 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
WPCR-75498/9 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Elektra (2), Rhino Records (4) WPCR-75498/9 Russia 2010 Sell This Version
FRM 2908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Friday Music FRM 2908 US 2011 Sell This Version
8122796553 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Atlantic, Rhino Records (2) 8122796553 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
none Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(4xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, 192) Rhino Atlantic none 2013
none, HX603497910977 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(4xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, 192) Rhino Atlantic, HD Tracks none, HX603497910977 US 2013
WPCR-15908/9 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xSACD, Hybrid, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Atlantic WPCR-15908/9 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
WPCR-80310/1 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Elektra, Rhino Records (2) WPCR-80310/1 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
GYRSP80001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM + 2xDVD-A, Album, RE, RM, Mul) Panegyric GYRSP80001 UK 2016 Sell This Version
R1 82683 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Atlantic R1 82683 US 2016 Sell This Version
GYRBD80001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(Blu-ray, Blu-ray-A, Album, RM, Multichannel + 3xCD) Panegyric GYRBD80001 UK 2016 Sell This Version
WPCR-17608/09 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Atlantic WPCR-17608/09 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
7567-82683-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Atlantic (2) 7567-82683-2 Russia 2017 Sell This Version
7567-82683-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Atlantic (2) 7567-82683-2 Russia 2017 Sell This Version
500-59/60 S Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans = Cuentos De Oceanos Topograficos(2xLP, Album, RE) Atlantic 500-59/60 S Spain Unknown Sell This Version
0992 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans Part 2(Cass, Album) Elbo 0992 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
82683-2, D 212974 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, Club, RM) Atlantic, BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 82683-2, D 212974 US Unknown Sell This Version
781 325-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE) Atlantic 781 325-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
781 325-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE) Atlantic 781 325-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
8122-73791-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Elektra (2), Rhino Records (4) 8122-73791-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
82683-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Atlantic (2) 82683-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
SD 2-908, 8122-73791-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial, Min) Atlantic (2), Rhino Records (4) SD 2-908, 8122-73791-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
WPCR-13519/20 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial, Vin) Atlantic (2) WPCR-13519/20 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
7567-81325-2 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, RE, RP) Atlantic 7567-81325-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
none Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) CD Media Records none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic 80 001 France Unknown Sell This Version
ATL 80 001, K 80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic, Atlantic ATL 80 001, K 80 001 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
ATL 80 001, K 80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, Gat) Atlantic, Atlantic ATL 80 001, K 80 001 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
ATL 80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE) Atlantic ATL 80 001 France Unknown Sell This Version
W 80001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE) Atlantic W 80001 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
ATL 80 001, K 80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE) Atlantic, Atlantic ATL 80 001, K 80 001 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
80 001, 80.001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE) Atlantic, Atlantic 80 001, 80.001 France Unknown Sell This Version
80001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE) Atlantic, EMI 80001 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
ATL 80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE) Atlantic ATL 80 001 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
ATL 80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Atlantic ATL 80 001 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
ATL 80 001 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Atlantic ATL 80 001 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
none Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(CD, Album, Unofficial) CD Media Records none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
ATL A4 908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(Cass, Album, Club, RE, Dou) Atlantic ATL A4 908 US Unknown Sell This Version
ACJ 908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(Cass, Album, Dou) Atlantic ACJ 908 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
ATL CS 2-908, CS 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(Cass, Album, Dou) Atlantic, Atlantic ATL CS 2-908, CS 2-908 US Unknown Sell This Version
ATL CS 2-908, CS 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(Cass, Album, Dou) Atlantic, Atlantic ATL CS 2-908, CS 2-908 US Unknown Sell This Version
ATL CS 2-908, CS 2-908 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(Cass, Album, RE, Dou) Atlantic, Atlantic ATL CS 2-908, CS 2-908 US Unknown Sell This Version
7567-82683-4 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(Cass, Album, RE, Dou) Atlantic, Warner Music Poland 7567-82683-4 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
TD-1376, TD-1377 Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(LP, Album) Giant (5), Giant (5) TD-1376, TD-1377 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version

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MKiisak

MKiisak

June 5, 2018
referencing Tales From Topographic Oceans, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180, 8122796553
This pressing didn't impressed me. You have to raise the volume quite a bit from normal listening levels. Bass reproductions is shy. I think this is lacking dynamics and life. I have Germany pressing from 1981 https://www.discogs.com/Yes-Tales-From-Topographic-Oceans/release/11517681 and it is way better I think. Chris Squire bass have attack and it is more upfront. Same in drums. Drums sound better in 80's reissue than in this version.
mungochubb

mungochubb

May 30, 2018
referencing Tales From Topographic Oceans, 2xLP, Album, RE, Gat, ATL 80 001
Wrong images concerning the Rights Society. As I notice this quite often I believe the some contributors just copy images instead of producing their own from the release they are adding to this site.
vinylcarre

vinylcarre

October 1, 2017
referencing Tales From Topographic Oceans, 2xLP, Album, RE, 80 001, 80.001
sur le disque que je possède, ont été gravés 7 plages qui semblent être des Stray Cats au lieu de Ritual (nous sommes du soleil)
Ebinger

Ebinger

September 13, 2017
referencing Tales From Topographic Oceans, 2xLP, Album, Gat, ATL 80 001
Discogs: wea k80001d1 made in Germany = where is the difference by this two???
magikwill

magikwill

August 25, 2017
referencing Tales From Topographic Oceans, Reel, 4tr Stereo, Album, RE, ATL 908-H-DP
Hard to find. Anyone selling an official reel of this album?
notec

notec

October 26, 2016
referencing Tales From Topographic Oceans, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180, R1 82683
can anyone comment on the sound quality of this rhino reissue? rhino reissues are hit or miss in the sound quality area (mostly miss)?
twag

twag

October 18, 2016
referencing Tales From Topographic Oceans, 2xLP, Album, Gat, SD 2-908
That was my mistake. I've corrected it. Thanks for catching it.
mikeandersson

mikeandersson

July 26, 2016
referencing Tales From Topographic Oceans, 2xLP, Album, Pre, SD 2-908

8.5/10 is my rating of this gem. I like Close to the edge more and also the follow up Relayer but, this is also a very enchanting vinyl....awesome!!
hrobb

hrobb

December 15, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Tales From Topographic Oceans, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180, FRM 2908

Very disappointing. The album art is pixelated and blurred, the lyrics on the inside aren't easily legible. The vinyl is a CD rip, I believe it also cuts off the first bit of The Revealing Science of God, skipping to Jon A's chanting. Pressing was absolutely meh, a lot of surface crud that seems ingrained in the vinyl. A bit of scratchiness that seemed in my case to be non fill, which is completely quality control. Don't buy this version.
vinnievince38

vinnievince38

December 2, 2015
referencing Tales From Topographic Oceans, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180, 8122796553

This is a review for this item : http://www.discogs.com/Yes-Tales-From-Topographic-Oceans/release/4892484

This is another rinho reissue that is not bad but not good also. The quality of the reproduction of the original cover is not very good. The inside of the gatefold cover is ok with the lyrics and pictures looking like the original Canadian release from 1973. The label of the 2 vinyls look exactly the same as the original ones but are print in a darker manner.

The sound output is very low if I compare it with the original Canadian release. The sound is also lacking of bass and its seem like it's not sourced from the analogue tapes but from digital files. Sound lifeless to my ears.

The good news are that the vinyls itself are very quiet with no pops and clicks, it's one of the quitest vinyl I buy in a long time.

Overall, it's sound better than the first Canadian CD version, better than the remastered CD version from 1994 and it's even better sounding than the rhino remastered and extended from 2004 (or later, I don't remember)... But be prepared to crank up the volume and adjust your equalizer (if you have one) on your stereo receiver.

This version by rhino is apparently better than the Friday music version so if you can't find an used original copy for a good price then it's maybe a good idea to buy the rhino reissue since it's an ok release, not the best but not the worse also.