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YesTales From Topographic Oceans

Label:Atlantic – K 80001
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Prog Rock

Tracklist

AThe Revealing Science Of God - Dance Of The Dawn20:27
BThe Remembering - High The Memory20:38
CThe Ancient - Giants Under The Sun18:34
DRitual - Nous Sommes Du Soleil21:25
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Full colour gatefold sleeve with double page illustration, by Roger Dean (4) across the front and rear faces of the outer sleeve.

Song titles and lyrics printed across the double page inner faces on a black background.

Recorded at Morgan Studio London during late summer and early autumn 1973.

Plates made by - Mansell Litho.
Printed and made in England by Shorewood Packaging.
An Atlantic Record distributed by WEA Records Ltd. © and ℗ 1973.

No Atlantic logo on labels - different from Tales From Topographic Oceans.

Plain polylined paper inner sleeves with text:
British Patent No. 800513 & 973939 MADE IN ENGLAND 4913 000 15801 3510

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (Inner sleeve, Patent Nos): 800513 & 973939
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side Stamped, Variant 1): K 80001 A3
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side Stamped, Variant 1): K 80001 B1
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  • Matrix / Runout (D-side Stamped, Variant 1): K 80001 D3
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Tales From Topographic Oceans (2×LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)AtlanticATL 80 001Germany1973
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Tales From Topographic Oceans (2×LP, Album)Atlantic2SD-908New Zealand1973
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Tales From Topographic Oceans (2×LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve)AtlanticATL 80001Netherlands1973
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Tales From Topographic Oceans (2×LP, Album)Atlantic2SD 908Canada1973
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Tales From Topographic Oceans (2×LP, Album, Stereo)Atlantic80 001France1973

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  • JumbleTasteSpinning's avatar
    JumbleTasteSpinning
    "Gates of delirium" is my favorite yes work, but their best album as a complete - "tales from topographic oceans" is their best to my opinion. "The remembering" is my most beloved work on this album.
    • Vinyltranny's avatar
      Vinyltranny
      This is probably my favourite Yes album.I just love its ridiculously huge scope and concept.There is some great music here to.
      I got this copy about 10 years ago and considering its 50 years old it is a great sounding record.

      • TheCrimsonKing91203's avatar
        TheCrimsonKing91203
        One of the best sounding pressings of any record I've ever listened to. The dynamic range is unbelievable.
        • KazBodnar's avatar
          KazBodnar
          Do the labels have Dean's cover art on this version?
          • caligola1's avatar
            caligola1
            Prima e quarta facciata splendide. Troppo lungo e un po' noioso ma non poteva essere altrimenti. Sei nella copertina, nell'oceano e nei suoi misteri.
            • nopussyfooting's avatar
              nopussyfooting
              Edited 2 years ago
              One of those albums I enjoyed in the past, but never fully got into due to the length.
              My thoughts on each side of this album after listening for the first time in 4 years.

              Side 1: Killer piece of work. This side is prime Yes doing prime Yes things. The biggest standout on this composition is Howe's guitar playing, featuring one of my favorite riffs of the Yes discography, that being the main "theme" or melody, not sure what to call it. The slidey bit...
              This was always my favorite of the sides because of that riff, along with Anderson's always creative vocal phrasing. I believe my favoritism of this track was also due to it being on Side 1, receiving the most play from me.
              "I must have waited all my life for this...."

              Side 2: (I've had to give this side a few extra listens, and I still feel that I don't have a grasp of it)
              This side isn't quite as entertaining for me as Side 1, but after a few listens it sounds better than it initially did. Upon first listen, it came off as a total mess, with no structure or focus, just virtuosic hammering away at instruments. Upon my most recent listen I've been able to focus more on the interplay and grooves laid down between the bass guitar and drums. With this, the piece has begun to finally make some sense and become easier to follow. I think I still need to give it more listens, as at times it continues to sound jumbled. I find the more spacious instrumental segments and atmospheres set by Wakeman's keys still do not appeal to me. Much like Side 1, the combination of the main riff with Anderson's key vocal line ("And I do think very well") always excites. But truly, it's all about finding the rhythm section in the cacophany.

              Side 3:
              • mikeh69's avatar
                mikeh69
                Edited 3 years ago
                https://www.discogs.com/Yes-Tales-From-Topographic-Oceans/release/8535940 No love for the US 1973 presses... George Pyros did Monarch Presswell ( most of them ) and Richmond ... there is also a Specialty isn't there always and a Santa Maria ? I know for a fact the best pressings are the 1973 US one's https://www.discogs.com/Yes-Tales-From-Topographic-Oceans/release/7697157 And I heard the 2013 one or owned it and I agree something was just not right with that pressing. And it was a Rhino I was thinking how did they mess this up.
                • 70sProgFan's avatar
                  70sProgFan
                  Edited 4 years ago
                  Time, as they say, is a great healer and it most definitely is in the case of this, Yes' 'magnum opus'. I used to hate it; I had tried and tried to like it as they were always my favourite band back then, and I even saw them perform the whole damned thing in the rain at Reading Festival in 1975. But I always failed. Elements always struck a chord with me, but it was far too unwieldy and with too many 'obscure' moments. Of course, Anderson's rambling and incoherent lyrics are/were legendary so I never made any attempt to understand what the songs were about; it was simply the music that I was there for.

                  And now, 45 years on I've just listened to a beautiful vinyl copy and... It still makes no bloody sense to me at all, but the music is great. Some of the passages are really great (Nous sommes du soleil, etc.) and I would go so far as to say that it is almost on a par with Close To The Edge, my long-standing favourite. The only problem that I now have - lyrics notwithstanding - is getting past the first half of Side 3, 'The Ancient'; all that percussion and Howe noodling just seems a discordant din, and it's all the more galling that if you can get past that there is the beautiful passage of vocals and Steve Howe's acoustic guitar.

                  So, yes - as others have said, try it, stick at it and you will be rewarded Although I hope that you don't have to come back to it 45 years later to hear it at its best!
                  • terrysuki's avatar
                    terrysuki
                    This is one of the best prog rock albums ever made, in my humble opinion. It seems to be a bit heavy going for some, which has resulted in a bad reputation amongst those fans, but that's for lack of perseverence on their part! Stick with it and it will reveal its many wonders!
                    • maurictzapgog's avatar
                      maurictzapgog
                      I would warn that this is album is very hard to stomach upfront. But if one listens carefully enough, the pieces start to come together. The opening track, The Revealing Science of God, is a huge contender for the best track on the album. But to give each track their fair chance, some parts of the track are a bit empty and winded. There is a decent amount of speed to the record, the beginning and the synth section near the end; but the song also has a decent amount of grandiose. The Remembering has a lot of good contributions from Wakeman, which I don't see what he was upset about. Basically, Wakeman and Howe seem to dominate this track. The Ancient has nice bass and bridge work. A lot of open passages on this track, including winded acoustic passages by Howe, but there was one section that had some good stuff in it. Ritual runs everything together, with confusing lyrics, a long percussion solo with some awesome keyboard effects from Wakeman tied together with Howe's playing, and lastly a conclusion to the album that ends the album gently. I would say this album is key to Yes' career, but I would warn about replay value. It's not the kind of album that feels comfortable playing as a whole twice in the week. Tales from Topographic Oceans is one of those niche albums like Third and Zeit that take a long time to grow on someone, but once done it is a classic.

                      4.5

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