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    Posted: June 19 2005 at 22:55
All of you who hate Tales from Topographic Oceans, I empathize with you, but I fail to understand you.  I for one love each of the four sides/songs, and I even love the much maligned "middle sides", The Remembering and The Ancient.

The Remembering
  • Check out that oceanic section at about 4:30 and its reprise at 16:30.  Other symphonic bands have lost hours meandering with guitar and mellotron trying to recapture that magic. 
  • The "chorus" at 6:50 is interesting both melodically and lyrically.  "Stand on hills of long forgotten yesterdays"  Is that profound or nonsensical?  That is for Jon to know and us to wonder.
  • And I just love the double climax, the reprise of the chorus with Steve Howe's guitar freaking out at 14:35 and the joyous conclusion starting at 17:35.
The Ancient
  • Whereas some guitar players have a 25 second solo, and hopelessly butcher it into an unmelodic piece of trash, this is Steve Howe in his prime, showing Crosby Stills and Nash how to really use a slide guitar.  The first 4 minutes or so is all soloing, and I'll be damned if I don't love it.  And after a short interlude, he returns on regular guitar to duel with Wakeman. 
  • The "Leaves of Green" section of this song is one of the most beautiful acoustic sections any prog band, hell, any band ever wrote.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 19 2005 at 22:58

The Remembering is my favourite track on this album. I hope one day they revive it live!

The drum solo on The Ancient spoils this track for me but Chris Squires bass more than makes up for it!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 20 2005 at 09:38
I love The Remembering and The Ancient too!! Absolute bliss when the mood strikes me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 20 2005 at 15:05

Since i bought TFTO i have thought it to be one of Yes albsolutly best and bigest works and i to like all the tracks and whuldent whanta be without any of em.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 20 2005 at 15:24
Originally posted by beterdedthnred4


  • Whereas some guitar players have a 25 second solo, and hopelessly butcher it into an unmelodic piece of trash, this is Steve Howe in his prime, showing Crosby Stills and Nash how to really use a slide guitar.


Now why would these electric folkies want to know how to use the slide guitar - Steve Stills was never a bad player - check out Crossroads/Can't Catch Me (Robert Johnson meets Chuck Berry) on his solo Live album of 1978 or his playing on the magnificent Suite Judy Blue Eyes
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 20 2005 at 15:58
I love all 4 sides from Tales! That includes The Remembering and The Ancient. Great stuff!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 20 2005 at 20:39
I prefer The Anicent over The Remembering. But both are good songs, nonetheless.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 20 2005 at 23:11
Nothing can touch Tales from Topographic Oceans. I haven't heard any band come close its greatness.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 20 2005 at 23:28
beautifull, but not quite there, like a missing piece you only realise is lost after you've finished most of the puzzle, still a great piece though
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2005 at 11:35
I also love "The Remembering", particularly the middle "don the cap"/"Relayer" bit and the closing section which is one of Yes' finest moments IMO.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2005 at 15:18

If they'd cut out the first 10 minutes of "The ancient" I'd agree with you 100% Beter.

Chopper - nice avatar by the way, comes across really well.Clap

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 17 2005 at 10:17
Nice. I just checked out the spots you said and they are awesome indeed. I don't see how someone could not love Tales. I loved it on my first listening. Then again, I had been on a Yes kick for sometime before I bought it. Check out 10:40 on The Remembering. That is a good part as well. And around 12:50 on the Ancient is the start to the awesome acoustic part I like how the song builds up to this.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 17 2005 at 15:02
Originally posted by Tommy

The Remembering is my favourite track on this album. I hope one day they revive it live!

The drum solo on The Ancient spoils this track for me but Chris Squires bass more than makes up for it!

I'm pretty sure your're thinking about Ritual, not the Ancient.  The Ancient is the one with extensive guitar work.  Ritual has a bass solo and a drum solo.

Yeah, and I love both of these tracks too! 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 17 2005 at 16:00

Thank you for this thread!

imho, The Remembering is the best track on Topo, chronically underrated. I like the second half in particular, and the ending is just pure transcendental magic.

Squire digs it, and Anderson wants to play it live soon.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 17 2005 at 16:01
Originally posted by Tommy

The Remembering is my favourite track on this album. I hope one day they revive it live!

Jon wants to play it live. Now if he can just overcome a veto by Rick...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 17 2005 at 16:01

Originally posted by chopper

I also love "The Remembering", particularly the middle "don the cap"/"Relayer" bit and the closing section which is one of Yes' finest moments IMO.

Couldn't have said it better myself...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 17 2005 at 16:02
Originally posted by Easy Livin

If they'd cut out the first 10 minutes of "The ancient" I'd agree with you 100% Beter.

Agreed. The first 10 minutes are pretty tough on the ears.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 17 2005 at 18:20

I love all of the four movements. Easily one of top 5 greatest progrock records!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 18 2005 at 19:54
I just love when they sing ... Nous sommes du soleil, we love when we
play - it sounds so sweet - that moment steals the album for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2006 at 17:57
God knows how much I love The Remembering. This song is absolutely beautiful. My favorite parts of the song have to be during the section where Jon sings, "Alternate View!". Such a beautiful rising climax to a song that starts more mellow and "meditation" like. I think the reprising of choruses, melodies, and lyrics are so perfect, no other song can match it.
The song is my favorite, closely followed by The Revealing Science of God.

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We got to pump the stuff to make us tough
from the heart
Its astart
What we need is awareness we cant get careless
Mental self defensive fitness
Make everybody see in order to fight the powers that be
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