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Symphonic Prog

4.66 | 4100 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
4 stars A Greener Shade Of Pale

I think everyone talks about fine enough, that I could not bring anything new. The ultimate Yes statement, most fans will agree but not my favorite, even if it is in my top 5. A rather bland but intriguing shades-of-green gatefold artwork with the classic Roger Dean logo, the innerfold takes the spotlight with a stunning edgy illustration. Wakeman is now fully integrated in the band and this is Howe's best showing (IMHO), but unfortunately it will be Bruford's last album with the band, as he's lured away on the second try by a Frippian Crimson.

Well I won't spend much time and keyboard wear to describe the sidelong title track, because there are hundreds or review below mine that will (and probably make a better job than me). Actally I prefer the 10-mins+ And You and I on the flipside as I find it less complex and the slow start is delicious. Only Siberian Khatru (whatever that is, I'm afraid to ask Jon, even if I want one for my windowsill) is slightly weaker, but it's nothing worth throwing the album away.

I have had to defend this album above all and all too many times, because CTTE was always used as a target for anti-prog jerks, not realizing that if they had taken a legitimate shot at the next one (Tales of Topographic Ocean) , I would have had a lot more problems defending our cause. Give another halfstar at this one

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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