Yes, “The Remembering / High the Memory” (1973): YESterdays

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Side two of Yes’ 1973 album Tales From Topographic Oceans is “The Remembering / High the Memory.”

This Jon Anderson / Steve Howe composition represents a journey embodied by a trip on the seas, with the movements incorporated in the song being the currents and flows of the water. Every member of Yes contributed to the arrangements and drummer Alan White is said to have provided many of the songs’ musical passages.

The track starts with a calm flow driven by Jon Anderson’s chant-like vocals, and quickly builds as the water becomes more turbulent. Yes’ swell of the music is reinforced by forceful rock drumming from Alan White, and inventive fretless bass guitar work from the maestro, Chris Squire. Perhaps one of the song’s highlights is Rick Wakeman’s flowing Mini-Moog solo.

Not to be out done, Steve Howe supplies tasty guitar leads and solos throughout the song to help make it one epic from the world’s greatest progressive rock band which should not go overlooked.

Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier is a bass-playing lawyer living in Atlanta. His first Steely Dan exposure was with an eight-track cassette of 'Pretzel Logic.' He can be reached at slangofages@icloud.com; follow him on Twitter: @slangofages. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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