TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS
Four decades after its release, this is still the most controversial record in Yes' output.
1974's 'Tales from Topographic Oceans' was the place where Yes either fulfilled all of the promise shown on their previous 5 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 a fully packed double-LP set; the group's musical ambitions were obvious on its face, as it consisted of 4 long songs (really suites) each taking up a side of an album & each longer than the previous album's side-long 'Close to the Edge'. In another reality, perhaps the gorgeous, folk-like passages on 'Tales...' would have spawned songs of 4 or 5 minutes, but here they are, woven into these long-form pieces & if one can take the plunge into these particular sonic oceans & comfortably stay under long enough, it's a journey that will reward.