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    Posted: March 10 2017 at 19:34
Now that I've lured you with the clickbait title, prepare to be underwhelmed.

I was reading about Roger Dean's inspiration for the cover of Tales from Topographic Oceans, since I used the TFTO cover in the Cover Chain Games. I learned that all the rock formations on the cover exist in real life.

But what struck me as remarkable is the solitary comment at the end of the interview, which had a link to the following picture:



See it? The rock formation on the right side of TFTO's cover matches the rock formation on the left side of Relayer's back cover.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 10 2017 at 20:08
What a trip !!
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Wow, that sort of reminds me of how the cover of Nursery Cryme is in the background on the back of the Foxtrot album. 

I never noticed that before with Yes but I doubt it's an accident. It's like two worlds being connected. 
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Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Wow, that sort of reminds me of how the cover of Nursery Cryme is in the background on the back of the Foxtrot album.

Another similar allusion is the gryphon from Gryphon's eponymous debut album showing up in the background of Red Queen to Gryphon Three.

Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

I never noticed that before with Yes but I doubt it's an accident. It's like two worlds being connected. 

I agree. I think the stones line up too closely for it to be a coincidence.

Other example of references between Yes albums include: Steve Howe quoting Close to the Edge in TFTO's Ritual, Relayer's title is a reference to TFTO's The Remembering, Jon Anderson basing the concept of his solo album Olias of Sunhillow on Roger Dean's cover art of a planet breaking up for Fragile.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote micky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 11 2017 at 07:03
hah...  man I've done many things in my life. Seen and done great things.. very bad things... but that is one on my bucket list sadly I'll likely never get.

"I remember Jon and I spent a long time talking about ideas for the sleeve when we were flying from London to Tokyo via Alaska, and we were just inspired when looking at the patterns in the landscapes below.Ē

stuck in a airplane seat next to Jon Anderson for 12 hours talking about... whatever was going through Jon's mind at the moment?


Priceless.... LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote twosteves Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 11 2017 at 09:16
Wow I thought I knew a lot about Yes but never realized this----seems too perfect to be coincidence! 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 11 2017 at 10:16
If you asked Roger about it his response would probably be something like "you never know." 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rednight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 11 2017 at 11:43
Oh, that's a bunch of bull!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 11 2017 at 15:50
Originally posted by Rednight Rednight wrote:

Oh, that's a bunch of bull!

If you are referring to what I said all I can say is I doubt he would give away "trade secrets." It's part of the mystique. Do you think magicians will tell you how they do their magic tricks if you ask them too? 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Catcher10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 11 2017 at 15:53
That's very cool........I'll have to pull out my albums and try this


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Catcher10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 11 2017 at 15:59
It works.......My rekkid album covers match up perfectly



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 11 2017 at 23:42
These two Flash albums also line up perfectly!! 







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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Atavachron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 12 2017 at 00:48
LOL

"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."   -- John F. Kennedy
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 12 2017 at 01:09
This is simply because Roger Dean copied the rock formations from a series of picture postcards. There's no magic or hidden meaning here, and it's certainly no secret since he admitted in his book Views.
"You know what uranium is, right?
Itís this thing called nuclear weapons.
And other things.
Like lots of things are done with uranium.
Including some bad things.
But nobody talks about that."
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Atavachron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 12 2017 at 01:14
Spinal Tap's Smell the Glove and Prince's Black Album also line up perfectly.  It's uncanny.

"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."   -- John F. Kennedy
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 12 2017 at 01:17
Ermm one of them is upside down. 
"You know what uranium is, right?
Itís this thing called nuclear weapons.
And other things.
Like lots of things are done with uranium.
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I know;  and still uncanny !
"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."   -- John F. Kennedy
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote moshkito Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 12 2017 at 08:36
Originally posted by cstack3 cstack3 wrote:

These two Flash albums also line up perfectly!! 








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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote maryes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 12 2017 at 09:40
Coincidence?... I don't think so ( in fact I don't believe in coincidences ), specially in terms of prog rock , where ... imagination and thoughts are  very important !!!
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Very cool and surprising. Nice trick by Roger Dean.
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