Tales From Topographic Oceans (2016 reissue)
Four decades after its release, this is still the most controversial - and therefore possible most fervently loved - record in the Yes ouvre.
1974's 'Tales from Topographic Oceans' was the place where Yes either fulfilled all of the promise shown on their previous five albums or slid off the rails in a fit of artistic hubris. Actually, the group probably did a bit of both here across 80 minutes of music on this remixed and expanded edition. The group's musical ambitions were obvious, consisting of four suites each taking up a side of an album. In another reality, perhaps the gorgeous, folk-like passages here would have spawned songs of four or five minutes, but here they are woven into these long-form pieces. If one can take the plunge into these particular sonic oceans and comfortably stay under long enough, it's a journey that will reward. The album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson & is fully approved by Yes. featuring new sleeve-notes by writer Sid Smith including elements of new interviews with Jon Anderson, Steve Howe & Alan White along with rare photos & archive material.
***2 DVD-As (Region 0, NTSC) feature: – a 5.1 DTS Mix and High Resolution Stereo mixes. – DVD-A players can, additionally, access a 5.1 Lossless audio mix (24bit 96khz). – 2016 SW album mix in Hi-Res stereo – the original album mix in a hi-res flat transfer from the original stereo master tape source***
- The Revealing Science Of God (Dance Of The Dawn)
- The Remembering (High The Memory)
- The Ancient (Giants Under The Sun)
- Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)
- 2016 full album mix, plus an extended Dance of the Dawn and 5 single edits, all mixed by Steven Wilson
- Single edits:
- The Revealing Science of God (single edit)
- The Remembering (single edit)
- The Ancient (single edit
- Ritual (single edit I)
- Ritual (single edit II)