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TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

3.88 | 1772 ratings

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1791 Overture
3 stars Rick Wakeman said that the problem with this album was the constraints of the vinyl format. Fine, write a four-part concept spanning 80 minutes, he says, but don't force the music to fit the time constraints of around 20 minutes a piece - let the content flesh out how long each song needs to be. The bottom line is he was right, but problems of form aside Yes was still a songwriting monster at this point in time so to call this album bad would be unfair. There's a lot of nice keyboard use (including a heroic solo at the end of the first track), and some jaw-dropping moments (like the percussion break in Ritual). Of the four pieces, I'd say Giants probably holds up best on its own - the rest all have their flaws, and overall the melodic development can become painfully slow (especially in Remembering), but it's nothing that will ruin the listen.
1791 Overture | 3/5 |

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