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Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973)

Capa 71

Minha apreciação (1 a 5) * * * * *

Tales From Topographic Oceans… Um duplo álbum maravilhoso, épico, repleto de sons fantásticos para partir à descoberta a cada nova audição mas desde já faço saber aos iniciados em Yes que não será tão fácil como isso para lá chegar…

Como diria o brasileiro, não sou lá grande negócio a explicar mas se disser que a última faixa deste duplo de cerca de 80minutos de música poderá ser a porta de entrada, desde logo ficará claro para alguns que essa, para a maioria, não será nunca sequer a porta de saída quanto mais a de entrada…

Contudo, passados todos esses anos aqui estamos alguns soletrando o refão perfeito… “Nous sommes du soleil. We love when we play.”… Sim, é lindo… e nunca imaginaste quando eras um jovem adolescente que isso soaria em tua mente por toda a tua vida…

Mas este duplo é muito mais do que isso… São 4 faixas de cerca de 20min cada, para desfrutar como nem os críticos da época souberam fazer…

Enquanto jovem não me apercebi de toda a polémica que envolveu a concepção desta obra mas hoje percebo a luta de ideias e de interesses que corria no seio de cada supergrupo incluindo o grupo dos Yes…

O conceito do Anderson para a elaboração deste álbum foi uma guerra com os outros membros do grupo, sobretudo com o Rick Wakeman… As coisas por fim lá se compuseram, o Howe aderiu até na composição e no que respeita às teclas a obra é mesmo brilhante…

E hoje até arrisco dizer que toda essa guerra teve a ver ou influenciou até na elaboração de “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” e “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”… Talvez um dia alguém conte a verdade mas eu penso que o Wakeman nunca dará o braço a torcer…

O facto é que toda essa polémica atraiu o lado mais negativo dos críticos musicais da época que caíram em cima dos Yes como abutres e foi um tal dizer mal… Mas, como contra factos não há argumentos, passados todos esses anos temos aí o legado para os contradizer…

E se hoje não arrisco dizer que estamos perante a obra prima dos Yes, posso no entanto garantir que esta é a que mais prazer me dá ouvir…
What happened to this song we once knew so well
Signed promise for moments caught within the spell
We must have waited all our lives for this
Moment moment

João Couto
02/ 12/ 2012
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Faixas /Som
A The Revealing Science of God - Dance of the Dawn   20:27

B The Remembering - High the Memory   20:38

C The Ancient - Giants Under the Sun   18:34

D Ritual - Nous sommes du soleil   21:35

Full Album

Live 1996
The Revealing Science of God - Dance of the Dawn  
parte 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCOmQSZ-Tp0
parte 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDefY1eW5Yg


Review by  Lord Chimp
I can imagine the time when this album first came out. Yes fans must have praised the album for its daring, its ingenuity, its LENGTH. Now I can imagine things ten years later, with rock critics ridiculing the album for everything from its mystic lyrics, pompous songwriting, indulgent musicianship... everything for which progressive rock has been derided. Even Yes' diehard fans have decidedly mixed feelings regarding this epic work. To them, it could be the pinnacle achievement of Yes' estimable career, or it could the be the most grandiloquent album EVER.
Time and time again I've tried to empathize with those who dislike this album, thinking that perhaps their criticisms have some merit. Still, I can't get over the fact that this is truly excellent work. I think the music is simply sublime, many of the most wonderful passages that Yes ever recorded. Not as cohesive as the epics on "Close to the Edge" (still my favorite Yes album), but certainly more dynamic, it takes countless listens to fully appreciate. Even 25 years after its release, I'm still finding new elements to this richly absorbing work.

It's all anchored by that awesome rhythm section of Alan White's drums and Chris Squire's mammoth bass guitar, while Wakeman's lush synthesizers add ambiance and depth, and Steve Howe's guitar artistry is sophisticated and engaging. Jon Anderson's trippy lyrics and soulful, radiant singing are topnotch. Although the lyrics are mostly confusing, I believe their meanings are meant to be vague. They rely on surreal and romantic imagery to generate feeling in the listener in musical context. It doesn't really matter because the lyrics attain an emotional connection regardless of what they are actually about. I've always believed that Yes' individual elements are impressive, but less important than the unified result of their efforts.

The songs could enjoin a complete review for each one, as each song is brimming with depth and complexity. "The Revealing Science of God" is absolutely spellbinding. From the moment you hear the unmistakable thematic development in the vocal section at the beginning, you know it's going to be something great. A mostly placid epic that occasionally drives into fast-paced energy. Approaching the song's finale, this one climaxes with a mind-bending solo from Wakeman. Cryptic lyrics focused on metaphysical objective values (I think; who really knows?) are tied some of the group's best arrangements.

"The Remembering" is a standout for Rick Wakeman. There's moments of fierce swirling synths and mellotrons, and him and Howe alternately repeat the song's main theme on different instruments. Lots of memorable melodies here, and the song gets pretty intense at times (like the "Relayer" passages).

"The Ancient" is the most difficult song to appreciate. Because most of the vocals are relegated to the ending of this 18-minute beast, its heavy focus on abstruse instrumentation bores many people. I can't help but be captivated, however. I'm a huge fan of music that implements Eastern influences, and this track is filled with them. Dominantly Middle Eastern, the band shows incredible versatility in their endeavor to underscore the idiosyncratic beauties of these cultures. Towards the end of the song, Howe's acoustic wizardry is displayed. Awesome!

"Ritual" is a sprawling piece that is very symphonic at times. A lengthy instrumental passage opens this one, and just when you think the track is starting to meander, it gets back on track. This one never gets too pretentious, and it's beautifully melodic and excitingly played and arranged. At the 15-minute mark, there's this unforgettable orchestral interlude with devastating percussion and harrowing strings (synthed, of course). The ending is gorgeous, with clean electric guitar/piano interplay and Anderson's delicate vocals.

Like complex jazz, some of Yes' music is far too esoteric to be appreciated by everyone. That's perfectly fine. I don't consider myself intellectually superior to the many who have no taste for this admittedly convoluted work of music. Still, it moves me, it engrosses me, and it never bores me. It may not tap the conventional spirit of music, but to me, that's part of what makes it special. I wouldn't want it any other way.

(If I've bored you, blame no one but yourself. You read the whole review, so it's your own damn fault! ;-)

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