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Tales From Topographic Oceans > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 2-908
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1974-01
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Tales From Topographic Oceans has the dubious distinction of being either the mother lode or motherf&#ker of all prog rock albums. The initial idea for the grandiose album came to Jon Anderson in a footnote regarding Shastric scriptures in Paramahansa Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi". Evidently this was the grand concept he'd been searching for, allowing his lyrics to blossom into full-blown biblical verse. Together with Steve Howe, they put most of the initial musical ideas down during the same tours of 1973 that generated the triple album Yessongs.

Yessongs > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 3-100
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1973-05

Close To The Edge > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 7244
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1972-09
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
If both prior Yes albums had any shortcomings (and they had very few), it was due to growing pains. The Yes Album brought out the extended epic composition, but suffered perhaps in execution. Fragile was well executed, but really only contained a half-hour worth of music, solo tracks definitely notwithstanding. However by the time Close To The Edge was recorded, the band had remained stable for almost a year. Yes issued a massive arrangement of Paul Simon's "America" in the interim, which managed (in edited form) to climb up to No. 13 in the US singles charts.

Time And A Word > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 8273
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-07
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Yes' second album didn't break a whole lot of new ground for the band, but it did confirm what most already knew: they were a force to be reckoned with. In the studio, Eddie Offord sat fortuitously at the engineer's desk for the first time with the band. But Time and a Word wouldn't be the quantum leap Yes needed to propel them into the big league. In fact, the only leap here was Tony Cox's orchestral arrangements, a rather de rigueur post-psychedelic ornamentation of the day.

Yes > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 8243
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1969-08
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
The Yes story starts in 1966 with a band called the Syn. Bassist Chris Squire and guitarist Peter Banks spent two years with that band, progressing along the way from R&B covers to psychedelia, establishing a residency at the Marquee Club and cutting two singles for Deram. Ultimately, success wasn't in the cards, but the two reunited later in Mabel Greer's Toyshop. Vocalist Jon Anderson was persuaded to join, but upon recruiting drummer Bill Bruford and organist Tony Kaye, they changed their name to Yes.

The Swedish Radio Sessions > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Castle Music
Catalog#: CMRCD349
Format: CD
Country: United States
Released: 2001

Here Come The Nice - The Immediate Anthology > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Castle Music
Catalog#: CMETD 055
Format: CD
Country: United States
Released: 2000

Autumn To Spring > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Charisma
Catalog#: CAS 1
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1973

Quadrophenia > Who, The

Artist: Who
Label: MCA Records
Catalog#: MCA2-10004
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1973-10

Live At Leeds > Who, The

Artist: Who
Label: MCA Records
Catalog#: MCA-2022
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-05