Yes Album Listening Guides – Tales From Topographic Oceans Part 7 – Chris Squire’s bass with Miguel Falcão – 607

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It was a delight to welcome the bass maestro Miguel Falcão back onto the YMP this week. As you would expect, he knows a lot about how Chris Squire created the bass lines for Tales from Topographic Oceans. You may have heard Miguel’s bass covers of both The Ancient and The Remembering, and if not they are embedded below.

We found out many things including what basses Chris used to record and play Tales live. So stand by for a massively in-depth look at the album…once again…

  • What basses did Chris use to record Tales?
  • Were there differences when Yes played Tales live?
  • How does Chris’ playing on Tales differ from Close to the Edge?

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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:

7 replies on “Yes Album Listening Guides – Tales From Topographic Oceans Part 7 – Chris Squire’s bass with Miguel Falcão – 607”

Mark was right about Starship Trooper- it’s the Dewtron bass pedals (I made a confusion with the ending of I’ve Seen All Good People).
Also, Mark is right about the second bass on Ritual – definitely Chris preferred to play just the lead part than being stuck to pedals to make the hits!
Spot on, Mark!
P.S. I am gathering some extra things (effects on Tales) that I will send via voice message this weekend.

Wonderful discussion. I wish I knew enough to follow all of it:). Thanks for your continued dedication to exploring all things Yes.

Great episode! Any discussion about Chris Squire’s music will always be welcome, particularly when bass maestro Miguel Falcão is involved. I have listened to his two covers of Tales quite a few times and really appreciated hearing things clearly that were not so clear on the recordings. (Always wish the bass were more to the fore on all the albums after Relayer.)

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