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4 stars i must admit, Tormato was far from my introduction to Yes. being a late Yes-discoverer, i had the luxury of picking up what i wanted and in which order...

the first Yessong i heard (Heart of the Sunrise) remains, to this today, one of my favourites. in my opinion, there is very little that Yes have played since then that comes close to the remarkable intro on that one and then all 10+ minutes of awesome music.

then, almost disastrously, i picked "Tales from Topographic Oceans", which I barely managed to listen through once...after years, i went back to it and i guess i just hadn't been ready the first time!

coming to Tormato, nothing on this album is as absolutely fantastic as "Heart..." or "Close to the Edge" or their early all-out mega-prog rock. but its got several pieces that try really hard:

Future Times/ Rejoice - interesting to say the least Madrigal - magical Jon close to his best Arriving UFO - not quite "classic" Yes but a good song nevertheless On the Silent Wings of Freedom - which sounds like it could have been on "Relayer" with a little more refinement...

so, in all, a pretty good album, just not the best Yes ever...

sv_godspeed | 4/5 |


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