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TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

3.89 | 2360 ratings

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vladimir.leksa
5 stars - If the master JS Bach came to me and told, hey boy, i know you like my music, but I have no idea of your time music, what do you recommend? I would put this album to the player. - If the master WA Mozart asked me, come on fellow, play me some good melodies you like. I would push the bottom PLAY on my player. - If the master Lv Beethoven did the same I would make him listen to that album. - If some of the 20th century guys, e.g. Stravinsky had it, hey, young chap, is there something what could compare to my Blessing of the Spring in your times? I would sit him down in a sofa and let him listen the tales and replied, hey master, this one I like more. - And if you ask me what do you like, I would reply: YES. They are brave and magnificient musicians with the knowledge and skill. So how could it be that so many people even those who like earlier and later works of YES dislike this album? I think, that they find it too demanding. If it had been recorded as four different albums always containing one big and 2 smaller tracks (like ctte or relayer), I am sure they would have loved them. Indeed, it is not easy to follow four big movements after one another. My experience is that as a teenager I liked Yes starting from 90125, drama, tormato to close to the edge. But as soon I touched the tales I escaped crying, oh that's too much!!! But later, I found a lot of different music, mainly the classical one, and I have realized that tough music demands tough ears and open hearts. I found the Passions of Bach, Don Giovanni of Mozart, the 9th one of Beethoven, or the above-mentioned the Spring of Stravinsky. They all are different but have something common. The great genious was put into it and hence it wants your full attention and skill to listen. And if you really want then you succeed and then you really find the treasure. And the tales are of the same sort, only made by rock tools. Some say that it was just over the edge, but I say, no, here they climbed the edge down to the roots of the ancient sea, here they were digging in the primary sands, here they followed the old simple and deep song of unceasing waves always attracting the human soul.
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