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Tormato (album) by Yes

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Tormato
Tormato by Yes (1978)
Overall rank: 4,322nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
68/100 (from 126 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top albums of 1978 (83rd)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (787th)
Award Best albums of all time (4,322nd)

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Tormato is ranked 11th best out of 39 albums by Yes on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Yes is Close To The Edge which is ranked number 115 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 22,075.

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70/100
Having just picked up an excellent copy on vinyl from a second hand store, I am actually pleasantly surprised. This album is slated in the same vein as Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door and I was intrigued by what is undoubtedly a pretty crap cover compared to previous releases. Starting with the cover, the album was actually going to be called just Yes Tor (a tor is a rocky outcrop akin to a small mountain on Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor, Exmoor). The guy in the suit with divining rods works and links with the inner dust jacket where a number of Tors are bisected by lines, perhaps ley lines and this concept in turn does relate to some of the tracks like 'Arriving UFO'. The story goes that the sleeve photographer thought something else was needed and threw a tomato at the cover, then photographed it! On the back of this the title of the album was expanded to tormato which surprisingly the band signed up to. So on to the music, Rick Wakeman's keyboard sounds are criticised a lot as 'cheap timbres'. I disagree, in fact some of the sounds he produces on the Polymoog and Biotron are superb. Others criticise a non cohesive approach where the musicians are trying to shoehorn ten minutes work into eight minute tracks. Again, I disagree. There are several really excellent tracks on this album. I think it is important to remember with all artists, time moves on and they need to stay fresh and explore new ground. So on that basis I don't compare Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door with Led Zeppelin 2, Genesis Duke with Selling England by the Pound or Rush Signals with Moving Pictures. I rest my case.
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60/100
Much of Yes' output has stood the test of time admirably, particularly when compared to some of their peers. Sadly, this is not one of those albums. The synths sound of their time and the riffs are dated. Even Jon Anderson's usually timeless vocals sound like they belong in the era the album was recorded. All this could be forgiven if there were some decent melodies or arrangements, but these are few and far between. Most of the record comes across as an extended, semi-experimental jam, and not a particularly fruitful one. Fair, but not essential listening, by any stretch.
Best tracks: Future Times/Rejoice, Onward
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85/100
This album is not so bad, it is quite enjoyable and yes, it is not as the previous ones, but it gets creative in my opinion. 7/10.
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50/100
A flat and uninspired album with a terrible cover. It misses any kind of spark and the band seem completely uninterested. It's not surprising that Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman jumped ship after this. Messy and unfocused.
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Some pretty dire songs on here. Scraping the barrel a little I think. Onward, although it is quite nice, is a little cringy and soft for me. Silent Wings is the standout for me, with a nasty baseline and some weird keyboard and bass interplay near the end. Pretty nifty, maybe not quite as grand as their best material though.
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75/100
Onward is just beautiful.
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65/100
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This is my least favorite record with the classic "Yes" line up. I really dislike the song "Don't Kill the Whale". That song ruins the album for me.
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From Eduardo
The synthesis of Yes composition highs. Underscored album. Lighter than others but in the top of creativity and group perfect interaction.
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From mtr1979
I like a lot of Yes songs, but there isn't a single song on this album that stands out to me. A forgettable album.
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Really underrated album. Works as a whole without quite having the standout track that say, the Yes Album or Going for the One has. Steve Howe's guitar work on On the Silent Wings of Freedom is phenomenal.
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