However, remember that we are talking about Anderson. So, this new work is an 80 minutes double album around a set of themes which certainly very few, in the Western world, have heard about before. In the end, all band members including their new drummer White, made stellar and quite identifiable contributions on it.
Each movement is an ambitious, multi-faceted endeavor characterized by distinct and impactful themes, both musical and lyrical. Yet, Album), the differences among the four movements serve to create an even grander and uniform work as a whole.
It seems lament that these wonderful forces seem to have been lost by the human race through their own negligence, resulting in all sorts of unwanted calamities.
The music is simply gorgeous, filled to the brim with ecstatic melodies. I think this movement trying to say that all of these people from the past have probably all the answers to our important and not so important existential questions that trouble our society even today have.
This is conveyed excellently from the beginning to the end of the track, with the reprisal of some of the musical themes which appeared in the first movement. If the CD format had been present then, it certainly had been one continuous piece of music, rather than four separate movements befitting the space constraints of vinyl.
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This is the album which divides Yes fans. You either really love it or you dislike it. It even divided the band members and it was the reason that Rick Wakeman decided to leave in The reason is that it is a huge album. It is a double album and contains just 4 full length tracks : one track per The Remembering - Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans (Cassette album side.
It contains some excellent moments but the problem is that as an album it takes some listening to and it feels disjointed and spralling.
After three great albums The Yes Album, Fragile and Close to the Edge Yes were attempting to take rock music to the outer limit of its capabilities. It could have worked had it been edited down to perhaps a single album. I have a close Yes friend who thinks that this is the best thing that Yes have ever done. I am in a different camp. I like it but it leaves me a bit empty at the end of it. There is no doubt that the musicianship and ideas are clever.
You won't know which camp you end up in until you take the plunge and dive in. After a reported three years of mixing by Steve Wilson It will be interesting to see if any rare goodies from the Tales sessions have been unearthed for this new release. I hadn't heard this album in years and was pleasantly surprised when I found how much of it I remembered, even the lyrics!
Yes always produced great music, expertly played and sung, but the lyrics were often so cryptic that it was difficult to figure out what the hell you were singing along to. Thankfully, this album comes with lyrics and sleeve notes which explain all, including the four elements of the concept being interpreted.
I no longer wear flared jeans, cheese cloth shirts and long hair, but I still listen to very good music. This album is excellent. Tales from Topographic Oceans was released in December to pretty universal condemnation by the music press. The 40 years since then have done nothing to soften those attitudes. I think it's fair to say that you need to be a committed Yes fan to fully appreciate it. The album consists of four pieces each one taking a full side of a LP.
The question is, is it as bad as it's reputation suggests? They are constructed in much the same way as Close To The Edge with very definite sections which hang together well. The opening and closing chant on side one is atmospheric and beautiful as is the closing ballad section of side four.
The weaker parts of the album are sides two and three. Both of them, especially side two, go on too long and lack the clear structure of the other two sides. That said there are some The Remembering - Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans (Cassette highlights such as the relayer section of side two and the lovely acoustic final third of side three. In the seventies from Yes were at their creative peak. They were musically ambitious and completely unafraid to take risks. Take a look around at some of the so-called anti-establishment punk icons - Johnny Rotten anyone?
The aspirational music Yes produced is ripe for reassessment, a process which has begun with the newly remastered Close To The Edge by Steven Wilson. Here's hoping Steven gets to work on other Yes albums. Check Tales From Topographic Oceans out, you probably won't 'get' all of it, but I'd be surprised if you didn't find something which piques your interest.
Released in the UK in December and to the rest of the world a month later, TfTO elicited hot-or-cool reviews from the music press and outright rejection from some fans. The result is four thematically-connected minute pieces each with its own grand-sounding title 'The Revealing Science of God' etcthe length of each dictated by the s vinyl format i.
This project was the first to feature Alan White, who took over the drum-seat from founder-member Bill Bruford following the latter's departure to work with Robert Fripp and John Wetton in the newly-reconstituted King Crimson. TfTO is not immediately sing-along accessible and were it to be recorded in the formula-driven commercial climate of the 21st century would probably be considered un-saleable.
It's a good thing The Remembering - Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans (Cassette wasn't. This music rewards repeat-listening, and with a year retrospective we can see TfTO contains some of the most interesting and sublime musical passages Yes ever came up with. It flows and involves, taking the attentive listener on a musical journey through landscapes exotic and strange. If the album has a weakness, it's paradoxically the flip-side of its strength: there's no hit-single material here, no catchy tunes - though there are some wonderfully memorable set-pieces.
The scale of its ambition sets it apart from most music of the period and since, including all The Remembering - Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans (Cassette Yes' subsequent recordings.
If you only know the reputation of TfTO generally not great but have never actually listened to it, now might be a good time to go there. If you haven't heard it since the s you might be surprised how good it is; a more mature palette might appreciate its subtleties and the richness of its fine musical passages.
Admittedly it's not all great; but some of it definitely is and the overall result is not much short of sublime. The remix is a marvel and reveals the original music in all its glory, the dynamics fully restored from the analogue tapes. Even Rick Wakeman later admitted that his personal criticism of the project had been harsh, and that he subsequently enjoyed playing many of the sections.
His tasteful and inventive contributions to the overall result remain exemplary. Over-long, pretentious etc Steve Howe's lengthy atonal noodlings on The Ancient are a bit superfluous but even that's saved by a glorious song on the end. Revealing Science and The Remembering sides one and two in old money are Yes at their ethereal best. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.
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