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Tales from Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album by British progressive rock band Yes. It is a double album, released on Atlantic Records in December 1973 in most of the world and in January 1974 in North America.

Concept and history The album's concept, a two-disc, four-piece work of symphonic length and scope (based on the Shastric scriptures, as found in a footnote within Paramahansa Yogananda's book Autobiography of a Yogi), was their most ambitious to date. The four… read more



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  • Avatar for LakeGlade12
    Greatest album of all time for me. All 80 minutes are perfect from start to finish. Even if you do not agree with me on it being the best, it has to be one of the most complex albums of all time, and that in itself is enough to give this album respect.
  • Avatar for tallpaul1
    Superb! One of my all time favourites!
  • Avatar for mightythor83
    Looking forward to Relayer!
  • Avatar for mightythor83
    In the liner notes to the CD reissue, it said this album "separated the casual fan from the true believer". I find myself being a Yes beleiver! :)
  • Avatar for JohnsonCarl
    The Kings of Progressive Rock. Each member a virtuoso. Saw the Relayer concert back in '74 (maybe '75 it's been so long) at Hollywood Bowl-outdoor ampitheater, box seats! They did most of Topographic as well. Roger Dean lighting/effects. Absolutely amazing. Topographic Oceans is best while stoned, I have to say. Yes is what you have to call Headphones music.
  • Avatar for xelerad
    I'm beginning to dig this one, after 3 or 4 times. Very nice flowing and ambiental quality in the quiet parts. The acoustic guitars are delicious! And Jon Anderson shines.
  • Avatar for Elgyn2
    Years after first listening to it, it finally starts to click. The tunes are so epic, yet at the same time coherent once you've grasped their entirety. Much love.
  • Avatar for john_lodge
    I know that this is a love-or-hate one, I love it.

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