Topographic Drama: Live Across America
their 2016 show comprises a full performance of ‘drama’, plus the bookending tracks from ‘tales of topographic oceans’, & more of their most beloved works from across their songbook.
Standouts include “Machine Messiah,” “Tempus Fugit” & the album’s only single “Into The Lens.” After Drama, the band shifted gears for songs from two of its best-selling albums: “& You & I” from 1972’s Close To The Edge (RIAA platinum) & “Heart Of The Sunrise” from 1971’s Fragile (RIAA double-platinum). Next, the group played the opening & closing tracks of its concept album, Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973). Howe’s exceptional guitar work on “The Revealing Science Of God” & White’s propulsive drumming on “Ritual” have always been regarded as ground-breaking. The album concludes with two live staples: “Roundabout” from Fragile (1971) & “Starship Trooper” from The Yes Album (1971).