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Episode 6 – ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’ Part 1

The sixth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the sixth album, ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’.

Vinyl purchased circa. 1989 CD circa. 2005 (click to enlarge)
  • What difference does new drummer, Alan White, make?
  • What is the connection between Tales, opera and Church music?
  • Should anyone be expected to listen to the whole of Tales from Topographic Oceans?

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Show links

Iron Butterfly – In A Gadda Da Vida:

YouTube video of the original

YouTube video of the Slayer cover version


Intoning in Church

Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources:

thanvannispen and

Yes Music PodcastHomework for next time:

Listen to the second part of  Tales from Topographic Oceans:

‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’ on Spotify


‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’ on iTunes


 ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’ on Amazon (UK)


‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’ on


Buy Yes music, don’t steal it. Take a look at this but then go out and buy the album:

‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’ on YouTube

2 replies on “Episode 6 – ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’ Part 1”

Hi Kevin, still catching up with your excellent podcasts. According to Wikipedia, Roger Dean’s cat walked across the final image of Yessongs – “Pathways” – not TFTO while still wet and its paw prints can be clearly seen. Cheers
PS I had the opportunity to see many of Dean’s originals at the San Francisco Art Exchange some years ago – fantastic. (

Thanks Ken. You are absolutely correct. One of my frequent errors! I think I corrected it in a later episode. Anyway, so glad you are enjoying the episodes. It must have been a thrill to see those paintings in the flesh. I’m jealous!

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