Rockers were ready for this album, 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' prior to it's released as pre-sales of the Yes album tell the tale as this album was certified Gold prior to it's release in the U.K. (first album ever to achieve that status in the U.K.).

'Tales From Topographic Oceans' LP, Wikipedia

The release date in the U.S was January 1974 but released in the U.K. in December 1973. The 70's were a good year for the band Yes as they released two albums in that decade both of which charted at #1 in the U.K.

'Tales From Topographic Oceans' is a double LP yet only consisted of four tracks, one on each side.

Yes 2013, YouTube

The album would prove to be not very radio friendly as each track runs roughly 20 plus minutes.

Yes 2013, YouTube

 

 

 

Original LP Track List:

  1. "The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)"

Side 2

  1. "The Remembering (High the Memory)"

Side 3

  1. "The Ancient (Giants Under the Sun)"

Side 4

  1. "Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil)"

Released in the U.K. December 14th, 1973 charted at #1, released in the U.S. January 9th, 1974, charted at #6.

Happy 40th anniversary as we revisit 1973 with some great landmark classic rock releases.

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Yes performing, "The Remembering (High in Memory) 20:42: