When Yes toured in support of Tales From Topographic Oceans
, they played all four sides of the double album, straining the attention of some listeners with a full blast of new music, but delighting others who relished in seeing the album brought to life.
This song in particular was one of Jon Anderson's favorites to perform. He told us
: "People would just sit there and listen for 20 minutes each time, and feel the energy at the end of the piece. We were so convinced about the music, we played it like it was a symphony, and then we finished the piece totally exhausted."
As the tour progressed, the set list was altered to include some of the band's old favorites. It was a trying time for keyboard player Rick Wakeman, who left Yes after the tour.