Best Yes album cover

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Best Yes album cover

Post: # 1134Post relayer_25
Thu Jul 11, 2002 3:05 pm

<font face='Papyrus'><font color=limegreen></font id=limegreen><font size=3>Simple question. What's the best Yes album cover?</font id=size3></font id='Papyrus'>

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Post: # 24618Post Astral traveller
Thu Jul 11, 2002 5:27 pm

That would be Topographic Oceans.

oh, man. this is something that's long done before (more than once, actually)

Got an idea: why don't we do backcovers or booklets//innercovers!!

uhh, that would be Topographic Oceans....

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Post: # 24621Post Dr_Yes
Thu Jul 11, 2002 6:49 pm

Come on Astral be fair ......relayer_25's new here!

Surprisingly I quite like Magnification at the moment don't know if it's my favourite yet but it is growing. Probably that accolade would go to Yessongs (as an album format) for all the inner stuff, which I consider the album cover period not just the frontispiece.

So what's your fave relayer_25? You didn't say. <img src=pix/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Post: # 24654Post Ed1909
Fri Jul 12, 2002 6:08 am

Relayer

as for the internal stuff...I like Alan's Ramshackled where all the lyrics etc are handwritten in various colours and he then says that he'll be livid if he finds out they can't print his lyric sheet!


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Post: # 24661Post relayer_25
Fri Jul 12, 2002 7:25 am

<font face='Papyrus'><font size=3><font color=limegreen>Reply to Dr Yes...Thats' a hard one but my fav. Yes album cover is probably Tales From Topographic Oceans. The cover is so appropriate for the ancient and mystical themes presented on this album. I also really like Relayer and the inside of Close To The Edge.</font id=limegreen></font id=size3></font id='Papyrus'>

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Post: # 24662Post relayer_25
Fri Jul 12, 2002 7:36 am

<font face='Papyrus'><font color=navy><font size=3>PS - Note that I said BEST. Not favorite. (Though they both could be interchangable). Fragile is the best album by Yes IMO BUT it isn't my favorite (Tales). Well, back on topic.</font id=size3></font id=navy></font id='Papyrus'>

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Post: # 24709Post Dr_Yes
Fri Jul 12, 2002 11:09 pm

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<b>relayer_25 wrote:</b>
<font face='Papyrus'><font size=3><font color=limegreen>Reply to Dr Yes...Thats' a hard one but my fav. Yes album cover is probably Tales From Topographic Oceans. The cover is so appropriate for the ancient and mystical themes presented on this album. I also really like Relayer and the inside of Close To The Edge.</font id=limegreen></font id=size3></font id='Papyrus'>

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The Tales album cover made the top 100 or top 150 influential album covers in some book or other didn't it? I remember Dean discussing how he lifted bits of various local English landmarks for the rocks etc. and the markings from the plains of Nazca etc. A great album cover. Does anyone know whether Rolling Stone ever finished their poll or whether they buried it deeper than a presidential scandal <img src=pix/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle> in the end?

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The Tales album cover made the top 100 or top 150 influential album covers in some book or other didn't it? I remember Dean discussing how he lifted bits of various local English landmarks for the rocks etc. and the markings from the plains of Nazca etc. A great album cover. Does anyone know whether Rolling Stone ever finished their poll or whether they buried it deeper than a presidential scandal <img src=pix/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle> in the end?
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<font face='Papyrus'><font size=3><font color=teal>If you goto Yeshoo! and click on the link to the ROLLING STONE page, you can see the poll. Lat time I viewed it months ago Tales was majorly in the lead. Looking at the numbers now, it seems they're redoing the poll. And yes I have seen the book called "THE 50 BEST ALBUM COVERS" and read the text on Tales. It also showed thumbnails of the inside of "Close To The Edge" and front of Relayer.</font id=teal></font id=size3></font id='Papyrus'>

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Post: # 27377Post Nigel
Fri Aug 09, 2002 9:25 am

What's the difference between favourite and best in the case of a matter like this one? Well, for me the first YES music I properly heard was YESSONGS at the tender age of 11. What an impact at that age! And, the album sleeve artwork really connected to the music with a massive impression at that age. So for me that is the best, or favourite. I suppose favourite, since it does seem that TALES has better artwork, in terms of the detail and appropriateness of the art themes to the music as noted above by others. So there is the difference between best and favourite I suppose.
But I'll always prefer the images to YESSONGS. I've always thought since those young years that Anderson's lyric in ROUNDABOUT, '...mountains come out of the sky and they stand there.' is reflected in Roger Dean's image in the YESSONGS artwork of those cone-shaped mountains coming down from space onto earth. ROUNDABOUT is of course contained in YESSONGS. It's just a pity that the effort that went into the YESSONGS art couldn't have been as detailed and as well done as the artwork for OCEANS. Well, these are my views on the subject!

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<font color=blue>Nigel, I'd have to say Yessongs too, if only because of four great paintings. The "Pathways" alone is great, and the kitty paw-prints just add to the allure. But all the paintings make for a very dynamic story, and I find a bit more energy to them . . . </font id=blue><img src=pix/icon_smokin.gif border=0 align=middle>

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<font face='Comic Sans MS'>last time we did this i chose close to the edge because of it's simplicity. i stick with that. the different shades of green kind of go with the birds chirping and also how i imagine what a rain forest looks like. </font id='Comic Sans MS'>

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Post: # 28490Post drumho
Wed Aug 21, 2002 2:45 pm

i've always loved the album sleeve of the original pressing of the close to the edge album. the one with all the lyrics in caligraphy. i was sorry to see that the digital remasters did not include a page or two of the album sleeve.. too bad, that is, unless i'm the only one who cares about it. oh, wait, these are YESfans i'm talking about.

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Post: # 28991Post seasonsofman
Wed Aug 28, 2002 9:47 pm

IT HAS TO BE CLOSE TO TH EDGE BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIRST ALBUM(RECORD FORM) I HAD, AND SPENT HOURS LOOKING AT THE COVER AND READING THE CALLIGRAPHY IN THE INLAY WHILST LISTENING TO THE ALBUM (OH HAPPY DAYS)

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Post: # 29855Post Toes to the Edge
Sun Sep 08, 2002 4:18 am

Simple answer: Relayer

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Thu Sep 19, 2002 1:17 am

The cover to RELAYER I believe is the best match of image and music, though TALES is pretty close, RELAYER is a better image IMHO. I wouldn't be being fair, though, if I left out the cover to UNION. I know that album doesn't sit well with some, though I think it has some great music on it. Still, the beautiful color contrasts and the fabulous illusion of scale (epic, perhaps...)draw me to it endlessly. Then there is the inner sleeve of CLOSE TO THE EDGE...but I suppose that doesn't really count as a cover....alas...I also love the British cover of TIME AND A WORD...it speaks to the pop culture/camp side of me.

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Post: # 31329Post EverCloser TTE
Tue Sep 24, 2002 10:23 am

Close to the Edge cover and internal cover and record sleve. It was a whole concept that matched the album stroke for stroke.
Clarity, magesty, density, energy, imagination... YES.

So many of those that came after seem derived in some way from CTTE.

Roger Dean and Yes: epic!

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Post: # 31366Post geoff feakes
Wed Sep 25, 2002 2:55 am

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<b>EverCloser TTE wrote:</b>
Close to the Edge cover and internal cover and record sleve. It was a whole concept that matched the album stroke for stroke.
Clarity, magesty, density, energy, imagination... YES

Well said EC TTE! Culdn't agree more!

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Wed Sep 25, 2002 9:51 am

I quite like 90125 & Big Generator. My copy of Big Generator has a blue background with purple lettering - very easy on the eyes. When I first saw those covers I thought 'ooooh so Kraftwerk', which really appealled to me.

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Post: # 31846Post The Yesbabe
Wed Oct 02, 2002 4:25 am

My faves? Tales, Relayer.

However, ever since Rick Wakeman autographed our copy of Going For the One at Tower Records in LA (after writing his name, he drew an arrow that pointed to the naked guy's rear and wrote "Our Manager" next to it), that cover's certainly become one of my favorites, as well. <img src=pix/silly.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Post: # 31847Post fragilesi
Wed Oct 02, 2002 4:43 am

I've said it before and I'll say it again . . .

<font color=green><font face='Papyrus'>Close to the Edge</font id='Papyrus'></font id=green>

It just fits so perfectly.

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"Drama."

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Well, what about the inside of Going for the One??<img src=pix/icon_smile_question.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_smile_question.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_yes_idr.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_yes_idr.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_yes_idr.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Post: # 34533Post bundy
Mon Nov 18, 2002 10:48 pm

Best album cover TFTO.

Honourable mentions.
Relayer
Drama
Union
Classic Yes
Yes Songs

Least Favourite Cover
Tormato (By a Long Way)

Favourite Roger Dean Cover. Asia - Astra.

Runners Up. Asia - Alpha
Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday.

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Thu Nov 28, 2002 11:33 am

ONION, I MEAN UNION COVER...CAN YOU GET THIS ONE IN VINYL??

TFTO, RELAYER AND ABW&H(ALMOST YES) WOULD BE "CLOSE TO THE EDGE" OF TOP LIST TOO.....

OYI, 90125- I STILL CAN'T CALM DOWN FROM ALL THE "EXCITEMENT" THEY "BIG GENERATOR"-ED...........<img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/jestera.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_smile_dead.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/silly.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_smile_drink.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_yes_mover.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_yes_talis.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_yes_mover.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_yes_talis.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_yes_mover.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_yes_talis.gif border=0 align=middle>

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<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>
<b>tribute1969 wrote:</b>
ONION, I MEAN UNION COVER...CAN YOU GET THIS ONE IN VINYL??

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<font color=maroon>Yes, I have a vinyl copy of Union from Germany. Only 'Angkor wat' and 'Give and Take' are missing. But who cares, I have the CD too.

I believe 'Talk' was released on vinyl as well, but only in the USA. Has anyone got this or know this, cause I want it and need someone to confirm this.</font id=maroon>

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Post: # 35932Post jyphster
Sat Dec 07, 2002 7:03 pm

I don't know where I got this idea that kicked around in my head
I think I read somewhere that that naked man on the cover of
"Going for the One" was suppposed to be none other than
Patrick MOraz!!! I wonder what the possibility of that is?

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<font face='Comic Sans MS'>probably none other than a hired model.</font id='Comic Sans MS'>

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Tue Dec 10, 2002 1:22 pm

<font face='Tempus Sans ITC'><font size=4><font color=blue><b>Ditto on Tales and Relayer!

I have Relayer on vinyl, now all I need is Tales! <img src=pix/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle>

Oh, and getting to finally see the inner cover of CTTE was WAY cool!!<img src=pix/icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle></b></font id=blue></font id=size4></font id='Tempus Sans ITC'>

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Post: # 36244Post fragilesi
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I absolutely love the inner cover of <i>Close to the Edge</i>, it is my favourite of all the Dean paintings. I wouldn't want to be drawn (sorry) on exactly why it's so good but it's the one that really fires up the old grey matter into fits of imagination. It always has done and I suspect it always will. Just seeing it leap out of this thread so unexpectedly was enough to cause a few sparks to fly across a few neurons. Thanks Dahni!

One of the the things that I discovered relatively recently was that it was inspired by the Scottish Highlands where I had a fabulous holiday as a kid and The Angel Falls on which I did a school project. I also love the English Lake District and Dean says that he was amazed to find a similar phenomenon there, a Lake at the top of a mountain. I wonder if he's talking about Haystacks?

Amazingly, he is obviously not satisfied with it and in <i>Views</i> he says that although he loves the idea behind it, it is the one picture he would want to do again. I hope he does, I'd love to see what a "good" version would look like<img src=pix/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle>.

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Sat Nov 26, 2005 10:05 pm

I think overall it's CTTE, inside and out.

Here's a rough prototype of the album cover for my album Cyclops Dawn, on which I hope to enlist the talents of Patrick Moraz and Chris Squire(if they'd voluteer studio time) :confused:
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