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    Posted: July 13 2016 at 04:27
Not necessarily your favorite, or the most popular. Pick the most progressive album ever recorded by Yes.

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CLOSE TO THE EDGE  enough said.
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I would pick Relayer.
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Originally posted by progaardvark progaardvark wrote:

I would pick Relayer.
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Océans, obv
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Close to the Edge.
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Oceans.
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Close to the edge followed by Relayer
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Tales from Topographic Oceans was at one time on both lists of the 50 best albums ever recorded and 50 worst albums ever recorded.  Enough said. 
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Relayer


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Relayer for me
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Tie between CTTE & Relayer.
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Based on the question's wording, Topographic Oceans easily took their adventurous progressive tendencies further than anything that came before it, much of which was quite melodious and hummable with repetitive choruses and such.  Only Relayer rivals TO in any serious way.    
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I remember first listening to Gates of Delerium in 1978 for the first time. It blew my mind away, and I still regard the whole album as one of the epitome's of progressive music.


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I'd say Tales just over Relayer.

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Hi,

TFTO is the most progressive, in that its changes are enormous and its movements are exemplary to what the "definition" of progressive music is.

I think that "Relayer" was a reaction to the critics on TFTO and the long piece was an intentional assault, and then concluded with a really soft piece for contrast -- on the LP. I always thought that this was how YES originally thought of the critics.

CTTE is their best known and famous (other than Roundabout), but in many ways, not really as progressive as TFTO, although certainly more readily open to the ear, than something so different as TFTO. Not many fans go around whistling parts of TFTO, while you and I can probably easily hum along with CTTE. That just tells you the fame side of it, not the composition side of it.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2016 at 11:16
I do consider TFTO one of Yes' finest moments, as well. Time to revisit that opus!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote grantman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2016 at 11:51
Close to the edge has lightness to it, lot of harmonics placed though out ,I find this most a  pleasurable sense of calm to the listener ,I do not find instruments crashing into each other, easy on the ears. Maybe Im just too sensitive but to each their own, or am I just getting old. 

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Close to the Edge or Fragile.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote comascape Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2016 at 14:06
Originally posted by progaardvark progaardvark wrote:

I would pick Relayer.
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