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    Posted: September 18 2011 at 08:02
It is 1973. Two major representants of the Symphonic Prog subgenre have released double albums that cannot really compete with their predecessors or their successors, as is reflected in their weighted PA ratings.
 
Focus 3 (3.69):
Focus 3
 
 
Tales from Topographic Oceans - Yes (3.85)
Tales from Topographic Oceans - Yes
 
Which is your favourite?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Angelo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 08:15
The only masterpiece created in 1973 is the guy identified in my passport. Wink

As for these two albums, my choice would be Focus, by many miles.
Even prog is rooted in the blues, at some point...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hercules Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 09:37
Focus 3 for me. It just scrapes 4*.
 
Tales has never engaged me at all - I might give it 3* if I was feeling generous.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Barah86 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 09:57
Dark Side of the Moon is all i have to say...
Death seed blind man's greed
Poets' starving children bleed
Nothing he's got he really needs
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Prog Geo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 10:12
Focus!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote octopus-4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 10:42
Tales
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FOCUS for me. I listened(or started to listen) to Tales the other day.I couldn't get passed the first song.Now i have listened to that double album many times just so you know and i thought maybe a fresh listen after so many years would cause me to suddenly get that album, but if The Revealing Science Of God is supposed to be one of the best tracks of the four well i give up then.LOL "To each his own" as they say.I quite like the FOCUS album though.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hans il mercante Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 11:33
Among those two, Tales!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dwill123 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 11:34
"Focus 3" is a classic in my book.  "Tales from Topographic Oceans" is on my ten worst albums list.
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Both are great.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hans il mercante Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 11:41
Even tough if I have to pick a 1973 album, my vote will be for Selling England by the pound, I know it's not on one of the two, but for me us a better album in so many ways.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Gandalff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 11:46
Originally posted by dwill123

"Focus 3" is a classic in my book.  "Tales from Topographic Oceans" is on my ten worst albums list.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lazland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 12:05
I have always regarded Tales as a flawed masterpiece, but even when producing a flawed masterpiece, Yes were head and shoulders above anything Focus did (IMHO).


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Post Options Post Options   Quote motoprog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 12:07
TFTO
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 13:11
Originally posted by lazland

I have always regarded Tales as a flawed masterpiece, but even when producing a flawed masterpiece, Yes were head and shoulders above anything Focus did (IMHO).


As much as I appreciate some of what Focus did I would tend to agree with this.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Slaughternalia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 13:18
I dislike both albums, but I can still hear that Yes has far better songwriting skill. Focus has never done much for me
I'm so mad that you enjoy a certain combination of noises that I don't
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fox On The Rocks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 15:31
Tales always gets bashed constantly but honestly I'd say its probably in my top 3 for Yes albums. Close To The Edge, The Yes Album, Tales From Topographic Oceans.

Edited by Fox On The Rocks - September 18 2011 at 15:35
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wanorak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 16:12
I agree totally with Lazland - Tales!
A GREAT YEAR FOR PROG!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Lark the Starless Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 18 2011 at 19:45
Originally posted by Barah86

Dark Side of the Moon is all i have to say...


lolwut
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Tales--but love Focus 3 but only with the original album coverSmile
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