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Symphonic Prog

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4 stars Three into four doesn't go. I don't understand the received wisdom about Tales, which is that it is a pretentious, sprawling monster with no sense of direction beyond its own rear end. Take a dispassionate and closer listen. Yes, side 3 is self-indulgent and disjointed and altogether too difficult for my simple taste, and I propose never to listen to it again - (a threat which will doubtless scare Yes witless) - but the other three sides (excepting the irritating drum solo towards the end of side 4) deliver some of the most magical music Yes ever put together, CTTE and Relayer included. This is simply majestic. Rick Wakeman eat your curry out. Four stars for sure, but take away the abhorrence that is side 3, and we would have been reaching higher still.
tbstars1 | 4/5 |


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