Topographic Drama – Live Across America

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Topographic Drama – Live Across America
Yes - Topographic Drama - Live Across America cover.jpg
Live album by
Released24 November 2017 (2017-11-24)
RecordedFebruary 2017
VenueVarious locations across the United States in February 2017[1]
GenreProgressive rock
Yes chronology
Like It Is: Yes at the Mesa Arts Center
Topographic Drama – Live Across America
Fly From Here – Return Trip

Topographic Drama – Live Across America is a double live album by English progressive rock band Yes, released on 24 November 2017 by Rhino Records. It is the first Yes release since the death of founding member Chris Squire and thusly the first release to feature no original members. He was replaced by American multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood, making this his first release with the band since 2000's House of Yes: Live from House of Blues. It was recorded in February 2017 in several locations across the United States during their 2016–2017 world tour that featured Drama (1980) played in its entirety plus half of their double album Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973).

Background and album[edit]

In March 2013, the Yes line-up of bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and singer Jon Davison kicked off their first tour with a live set formed of select past studio albums performed in their entirety and in track order.[3] The idea came about in the second half of 2012 when the group discussed their future touring plans; Howe felt playing a selection of songs from their history had run its course and suggested one with a specific concept, one that was discussed for several years prior, but was not materialised.[4][5]

The album documents Yes on the final leg of their world tour that ran between July 2016 and February 2017 that saw the band continue with their album-themed tours. It was recorded in various locations across the United States in February 2017. White sat out for most of the tour to recover from back surgery and was replaced with Jay Schellen,[6] before White returned on the drums on a part-time basis in time for the Japanese leg in November 2016.[7][8] Schellen continued to play with the band on most shows for the remainder of the tour.

The tour's set included Drama (1980) played in its entirety and in track order with "The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)" and "Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil)" which forms half of their double album Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973).[9] In addition, it featured performances of "Leaves of Green", an excerpt of "The Ancient (Giants Under the Sun)" from Tales from Topographic Oceans, "And You and I" from Close to the Edge (1972), "Heart of the Sunrise" and "Roundabout" from Fragile (1971), and "Starship Trooper" from The Yes Album (1971).[10]

Topographic Drama was first announced in early September 2017 in conjunction with the band's announcement of their 2018 European tour in celebration of their fiftieth anniversary. They revealed the album was "on its way",[11] and officially announced the album on 28 September.[10][12][13] Its artwork was designed and illustrated by Yes's longtime cover designer Roger Dean.


The album was released on 24 November 2017, available in 2-CD, 3-LP, and digital versions.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
1."Machine Messiah"Geoff Downes, Trevor Horn, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White11:17
2."White Car"Downes, Horn, Howe, Squire, White1:25
3."Does It Really Happen?"Downes, Horn, Howe, Squire, White7:22
4."Into the Lens"Downes, Horn, Howe, Squire, White9:11
5."Run Through the Light"Downes, Horn, Howe, Squire, White5:08
6."Tempus Fugit"Downes, Horn, Howe, Squire, White5:58
7."And You and I"
  • I. "Cord of Life"
  • II. "Eclipse"
  • III. "The Preacher, the Teacher"
  • IV. "Apocalypse"
Jon Anderson; themes by Bill Bruford, Howe, Squire11:24
8."Heart of the Sunrise"Anderson, Squire, Bruford12:14
Disc two
1."The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)"Anderson, Howe, Squire, Rick Wakeman, White21:57
2."Leaves of Green"Anderson, Howe, Squire, Wakeman, White6:04
3."Ritual (Nous sommes du soleil)"Anderson, Howe, Squire, Wakeman, White24:39
4."Roundabout"Anderson, Howe8:35
5."Starship Trooper"
  • a. "Life Seeker"
  • b. "Disillusion"
  • c. "Würm"
Anderson, Howe, Squire11:45





  • Roger Dean – cover painting, cover design, logos
  • Douglas Gottlieb & Glenn Gottlieb (Gottlieb Bros.) – photography, package design
  • Jerry and Lois Photography – additional photography
  • Maor Appelbaum – Mastering Engineer


Chart (2017) Peak
Scottish Albums (OCC)[14] 94


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