They move fast Amused but real in thought, we fled from the sea whole. [30] Anderson was inspired to open the track with voices that gradually build from listening to Gregorian chants. Following a visit to Japan in 1973, Roger Dean originally painted this image in watercolor and ink. and tender love as we took to the air, a picture of distance. It isn't reality". Item Information. A stunning album, light years ahead of its time, it is full of contrasts and a huge diversity of arrangements and styles: from simple acoustic sounds to the all-out, fast and furious guitar and keyboard runs, from ancient rhythms to eerie, esoteric lyrics and noises, all engineered to form a unique musical adventure. [7], "The Remembering" relates to the smriti, literally meaning "that which is remembered". Sent as we sing our music’s total retain, As we try and consider So the ends meet the river’s son, I reach over and the fruit of life stands still [57], In his negative review for Rolling Stone, Gordon Fletcher described the record as "psychedelic doodles" and thought it suffers from "over-elaboration" compared to more successful songs on Fragile and Close to the Edge. Although it was not a part of the original design, Anderson persuaded Dean to incorporate it after it was painted, so Dean drew it on a clear cel and had it photographed with and without the slipstream. Chris Squire commented that, ‘It wasn’t a particularly happy album. They would turn up in a van and the rest of YES would come along in about five different Bentleys, crazy times.‘. YES‘ successful tour of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, UK and the US came to an end in April 1974. Ilios He tried to push their manager Brian Lane to set up recording in the country, thinking "some flowers and trees" would lessen the tension that the album had created within the group. We started talking about meditation in music—not the guru type but some really heavy stuff. remembering. It topped the UK Album Chart for two weeks and reached No. [7], Yes regrouped at Manticore Studios in Fulham, then owned by fellow progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, to start rehearsals and develop the material Anderson and Howe had outlined. ‘We started talking about meditation in music – not the guru-type but some really heavy stuff, and he gave me these books of Shastric scriptures. The result is a somewhat incongruous mixture, but effective nonetheless. As clearer companions By this time, the line-up had stabilised with singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Rick Wakeman, and drummer Alan White, who had replaced original member Bill Bruford after the album was recorded. Distant suns But if you treat the new mixes as an alternate perspective, you may notice additional details you hadn’t before, and more importantly the new stereo mixes are a step along the way to creating the 5.1 surround sound mixes. All our thoughts, impressions, knowledge, fears, [19] At the time of recording, heavy metal group Black Sabbath were recording Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973) in the adjacent studio. As time goes by, they’ll be worth a bomb!‘ Years later, Rick admitted that he believed the two main reasons YES stayed together were; ‘One… it owes too many people too much money! As they don’t seem to matter at all – Original Roger Dean artwork expanded & restored with material from the Roger Dean archive & with full approval of the artist. ", "Side one was the commercial or easy-listening side of, (a. The ongoing Vietnam War at the time provided a source for its lyrics. If one can grab onto it, Tales is a long, sometimes glorious musical ride across landscapes strange and wonderful, thick with enticing musical textures". [65] Squire recalled the album's period as not a happy one, and deemed the album "a difficult one". We drift the shadows and course our way on home At first, they were taken back by the sheer scale of the project and the key concepts, and not convinced that this was a positive step forward from Close To The Edge. Published in the early seventies as a Big O poster and in the nineties as a Pomegranate poster. Jon Anderson on Classic Artists: Yes DVD. While the moments start to linger Tales from Topographic Oceans became the first album in the UK to earn a gold certification prior to its release. The album should have been aired on Radio One in the UK, prior to the tour and official release date but, due to a mix up, the wrong tapes were sent to the station. Asking for asking four Held inside we enter daybreaks Besides his legendary drinking habits, he was also seriously into cars. Won’t to follow, only tunes of a different age, as the links span sommes du soleil. – The Revealing Science Of God (Single Edit) Expression, as only to teach love as to reveal passion chasing Luckily for Yes, Atlantic ignored their own doubts and backed the release. Does a a shadow come between us in the winter Headlines such as ‘Over The Edge‘, ‘Wishy Washy Tales from the Deep‘ and ‘Adrift on the Oceans‘ ran in the same music papers that had recently hailed them as the best band in the world. [7] One riff that Howe played for Anderson was rejected at first, but it was later incorporated into "The Ancient" as by then, the two sought for a different theme that would suit the track. and I'd play him another tune". The remixes may seem quieter, and you may have to turn up your stereo, but that is because all of the natural dynamics have been retained. – Full album instrumental mixes by Steven Wilson What’s so strange is that I’d already planned to do an analysis of one of his paintings bef… Clearly to be home, They move fast, they tell me, This is the only version of Tales From Topographic Oceans to have been completely remixed from the original multitrack tapes since 1973. One of which involved a "large-scale composition" as the … Jon, Steve and Alan wanted to record away from the hustle and bustle of city life – to actually record in a forest or field, taking the album’s concept to the extreme, embracing nature, all its lifeforms, and the whole planet. [14] He believed the group were "on the same page" and supported it at the time, but later saw Wakeman's criticisms as the end of a period of "illusive harmony" that existed in Yes since Fragile (1971). [3] Regarding its title, Anderson said: "It's always delicate to start talking about religious things ... [the track] should have just been "The Revealing". Remixed & Remastered by Steven Wilson in HD24-96 5.1 & Stereo, and also including the original YES/Eddy Offord mix, with a host of extra tracks. Special packaging for both formats, CD/DVD-A set in two double digi-packs in slipcase, CD/Blu-Ray in two mini vinyl replica gatefold card sleeves in slipcase. – Album mixed in 24-96 5.1 DTS Lossless Surround from original multi-track sources. Does one child know the secret and can say it Dean thought the idea still did not work and used the original for the album's advertisements and posters. We don’t even need to try we are one, And I do think very well He pointed out "the playing is virtuosic throughout, the singing innovative and often complex, and the lyrics mystical and poetic. Steve added, ‘We had so much space on that album that we were able to explore things, which I think was tremendously good for us. New Releases. This was the album cover for Yes' 1974 classic, Tales From Topographic Oceans. Consequently the old favourites were reintroduced and two sides of Topographic dropped, increasing the divide that had already arisen between Rick Wakeman and the rest of the band. He called it "a day I will never forget for as long as I live".[77]. The four-disc set available on CD and Blu-ray or DVD-Audio that includes the new mixes, several bonus and previously unreleased mixes and tracks, and expanded and restored cover art. knowledge of God is a search, constant and clear. [48], The album received a divided reception from music critics. Then I will be there Each time this remastering process broadly involved taking the mix from the same original Eddy Offord stereo master tape and applying different amounts of EQ and compression to it. we had a bit too much to go on an album of 36 minutes but not enough for a double album. – A needle-drop of a US branded promo album pressing. Nous sommes do soleil Dreams are said to blossom courage The band suffered differences of opinion over suitable recording studios. [4] He was introduced to Yogananda by King Crimson drummer and percussionist Jamie Muir at Bruford's wedding reception on 2 March 1973. As we saw more and more of it I found myself thinking that it was a Roger Dean painting come to life. And change the passing of the sun YES Tales from Topographic Oceans Album Classic Rock Music Band T Shirt 61979. [36] Each of them carried a loose narrative thread that Dean did not continue for Tales from Topographic Oceans. One was 19 and one was 12", which required editing to fit a single album or extending the arrangements to fit on a double. Sheltered with our passion [16] Wakeman jokingly nicknamed the album Tales from Toby's Graphic Go-Kart. [14] Howe is particularly fond of his guitar solo at the beginning, which to him was "spine-chilling ... it was heavenly to play". Press indifference to the album had resulted in heated discussions within the band. About the album. After Tait explained to Anderson that the idea would not work, Tait "built it anyway". Sands of companions sides that be Call out all our memories It’s set on a moon called Pandora in distant space. $28.99. [20] Squire worked in the studio for as long as sixteen-hour days, seven days a week on the album. Everyone agreed that they would concentrate on longer pieces of music, carrying strong themes, or stories, and covering entire sides of the album. Heard but not replaced It’s a question of balancing everything out. I ventured to talk, but I never lost my place, Cast out a spell rendered for the light of day Additionally, both sets add extra material mixes on CD, while the Blu-Ray edition adds a wealth of extra audio material. We are of the sun. Have a light breakfast. I must have waited all my life for this However, when Atlantic first listened to it, the mood was one of sheer incredulity – only four tracks on a double album was unheard of at that time. Bill Turner, a roadie for YES between the years 1972-74 remembers, ‘I started to work with YES through Hemdale films. Original Vinyl LP Tales From Topographic Oceans by the band Yes. That chased flowers of dark and lights of songs [43] Two more radio broadcasts of the album aired on Your Mother Wouldn't Like It with Nicky Horne on 9 November, and Rock on Radio One with Pete Drummond on 10 November. And we gave up the idea of “take-away” instant solutions to health.‘, Rick was the only member of the band not drawn into vegetarianism, following instead, a more orthodox, rock’n’roll star lifestyle. Days pass as seconds turn the key All Rights Reserved. Tales From Topographic Oceans, an Album by Yes. It was funny. Get ready for the day. 3:06 / c. 8:10 / d. 1:45 / e. 3:06). Gunes, Grian When the idea for the colorful bean bag chair was hatched, the designer obviously envisioned a wasted teen reclined in the form-fitting piece of loud furnature, with bulky Koss head phones covering the ears, while Tales From Topographic Oceans was spinning on a Pioneer turntable. “My remix of Tales From Topographic Oceans will be the fifth in a series of expanded YES classics, released in 3CD/Blu-Ray and 2CD/2DVDA configurations. Now we can make things twice as long, twice as boring, and twice as drawn out! Our endless caresses for the freedom of life everlasting. This was the place where Yes either fulfilled all of the promise shown on their previous five albums or slid off the rails in a fit of artistic hubris, especially on the part of lead singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Steve Howe, who dominated the composition credits here. It is the first Yes album to feature drummer Alan White, who replaced Bill Bruford in the previous year. However it was a commercial success, becoming the first UK album to reach gold certification solely based on pre-orders. Usually the music brought us together. Talk to the sunlight caller So the idea of ... a sort of magical landscape and an alternative landscape ... that informed everything: the album cover, the merchandising, the stage. Tales from Topographic Oceans is also available as part of the High Vibration SACD Box Set at Amazon. Surie Two… it spends any income before it’s earned it!‘. Then go back to bed for an hour, maybe. Warland seeker But when you are in your sleeping dream, it is a highly spiritual one.‘. The cover looks good, the outside looks good; it’s got all the right ingredients, but when you peel off the padding, there’s not a lot there. Whispers of clay Recording made in 1973 0n the Atlantic label K 80001. As one with the knowledge and magic of the source [72] The band brought four times as much stage equipment than their previous tours which included an elaborate stage designed by Roger Dean and his brother Martyn with fibreglass structures, dry ice effects, a rotating drum platform surrounding White, and a tunnel that the band emerged from. The best thing I can say is the album cover is terrific. Course the compass to offer into a time we’ve all seen on Tanatiuh Sun That was great, ha! Quite unlike anything before it, Tales From Topographic Oceans did receive some good press, but, for the first time, YES were also attracting negative reviews. Have you got anything else?' The stage set-up for the shows saw the band situated in their standard positions, with Alan on a centre drum riser.To his right, Rick played stylised organ pipes, which looked extremely dramatic alongside Alan’s fibreglass canopy drum rostrum – lit from the inside creating the appearance of changing shapes, representing anything from animals and flowers to machines.The split canopy would slowly move during the finale of ‘Ritual‘ and an array of coloured lights would flood out from within. The vinyls play tested and there is no issues. The strength of the meeting lies with you Revealing corridors of time provoking memories, disjointed but with purpose, Alternate view [18] The "Young Christians see it..." section of the song originated from a take recorded during the Fragile recording sessions that was previously unreleased until the album's 2015 reissue, which contained the track named "All Fighters Past". Tales from Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album from Yes, released in the UK on December 14, 1973 (January 9, 1974, in the US). You can find books about it. – The Remembering (Single Edit) Fight, fight, fight, Catch as we look and use the passions that flow After speaking openly amongst themselves, it became obvious that it wasn’t just Rick who had not enjoyed performing Topographic Oceans on tour, but also Chris. [18] Howe felt the opening section of the track amazes him to this day, thinking how the band could "go so far out". To feast on the treasure set for our strange device, What happened to wonders we once knew so well Tales from Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album by Yes, released on 7 December 1973 by Atlantic Records. Ir One was 15. The strength of the moment lies with you, Don the cap and close your eyes imagine yourself that is the challenge White claimed the incident was the inspiration behind a scene depicted in the rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap (1984). ‘For a long time, something bothered me about eating meat, although I couldn’t quite place it. YES had a massive fan base and were achieving big sales at this point, something that they did not want put at risk by Rick’s unease. Rape the forest, they might stand and leave them [40] In 2002, readers of Rolling Stone magazine voted the album's cover as the best cover art of all time. The album, naturally, took Atlantic Records by surprise as they had no idea of the content and their feelings were kept decidedly mute. He thought "Ritual" brought the "first enjoyable moments" of the entire album, "where Alan's driving drums have something to grip on to and the lyrics of la la la speak volumes. We receive all we venture to give "I think there was a psychological effect of, "Oh, we're doing a double album. Distant drums, Force the bit between the mouth of freedom didn’t learn to fly But I just can’t believe they really mean to It is also the last album to feature Rick Wakeman until he returned in 1976.. Anderson’s voice seems to join the listener in the room, Howe & Wakeman’s solos glisten with clarity and White & Squire remind all that they were unmatched as a rhythm section during that period. And then give you a call [29], "The Revealing Science of God" is based on the shruti class of Hindu scripture which Yogananda described as scriptures that are "directly heard" or "revealed", in particular the Vedas. So it was padded mercilessly. [7], The album was packaged as a gatefold sleeve designed and illustrated by Roger Dean, who had also designed the art for Fragile, Close to the Edge (1972), and the band's first live album, Yessongs (1973). In keeping with all the other releases in this series, Steven Wilson’s approach for new stereo & 5.1 mixes is to faithfully retain the spirit & sounds of the original album mix, while applying modern mix techniques to bring further clarity to the individual instrument, vocal & overdubs for each track. ‘Travelling and performing caused me to think more about what I was eating,‘ explained Steve. Following many heated discussions as to how they could achieve the same effect in a studio setting, a compromise was made. Dawn of love sent within us colours of awakening among the many Tales from Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album by Yes, and was released in 1973.It is the first Yes studio album to feature Alan White on drums after he replaced Bill Bruford in 1972. [8] When they pitched the concept to the rest of the group Howe recalled some resistance, "but Jon and I did manage to sell the idea ... sometimes [we] really had to spur the guys on". Excerpted from David Watkinson’s ‘Perpetual Change‘. We must have waited all our lives for this And stay maybe a while, Let them run, let them chase That the song might take you silently Sunlight Clearly to be home, Getting over wars we do not mean Rick began to express his unhappiness with the album in various interviews. And I do feel very well Relayer The world tour had ensured that the band had long periods of time in which to write new material and exchange ideas for the next album. so I'd play him something and he'd go: 'that's great. As the tour progressed, it became clear that YES had taken a huge risk in a set list comprised only of Edge and the four sides of Topographic. Album Rock Art Rock Contemporary Pop/Rock Prog-Rock. [61] Holly Spence, in the Lincoln Evening Journal, called Tales a unique and creative album that displays an "inventive combination of sounds and rhythms" that is more interesting than the "dull repetitive noise" that she thought was typical of rock music at the time. They marched as one with earth, Sol, Dhoop He had been reading books on the inner self, specifically The Finding of the Third Eye by Vera Stanley-Adler, and Paramhansa Yogananda’s The Autobiography of a Yogi (given to Jon by King Crimson member Jamie Muir) which immediately captured his imagination. Just rest. As the silence of the seasons on we relive abridge sails afloat Alternate ways, Softer messages bringing light to a truth long forgotten on – Ritual (Single Edit I) And I do think very well Arranged to sail you toward Constant doors will open eyes We walk around the story, Out in the city running free I don’t believe in sticking my money in the building society so I invested in cars instead. 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