Don’t Kill The Whale – Yes (1978) 192KHz/24bit FLAC HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~
“Don’t Kill The Whale” was released on Yes’ ninth studio album, Tormato, in September of 1978. Another great Yes tune from Tormato….this one with a message it’s sad that hasn’t gotten through to everyone who should know better by this point. “Don’t Kill The Whale was initiated by Squire who played the chorus section on an acoustic guitar. Wakeman went on to adapt a sound he configured on his Polymoog which he said could produce “weird sounds” that resembled a whale.
I wanted this video to focus on the close bond of the mother and baby whale, and their beauty since I wouldn’t want to watch a video that spoiled the beauty of both the song and the graceful, gentle giants by showing them being killed…..only at the very end of the video is there that reference.
I’ve always been completely fascinated by the Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises) so this song is extra special. We can’t really understand how intelligent these animals might be yet, but we know they are very special…definitely more intelligent and precious than the neanderthals who hunt them down to slaughter or capture.
Whales are known to have extremely complex communication abilities, and social interactions…they are mammals like us of course, not fish (since they look so much more like fish than other mammals, say a dog or a person, that it’s very easy to forget they are way more like us than a fish).
Communication is so great in cetaceans that there is a strong possibility they are able to project (yes … literally project) an “auditory image” that replicates a sonar message they may receive. The process is a bit confusing, but MSU describes it in this circumstance: “So a dolphin wishing to convey the image of a fish to another dolphin can literally send the image of a fish to the other animal. The equivalent of this in humans would be the ability to create instantaneous holographic pictures to convey images to other people.”
If they are in fact able to do this, there would have to be a natural tendency to break down stylized and abstracted images into words. Meaning, cetaceans, like people, use a series of signifiers to discern the exact objects they want to communicate about. We might say “tree” and think of a picture of a tree in our minds, but cetaceans can skip this step by simply projecting the image to other cetaceans.
It is their last album recorded with singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman prior to their departure from the group in 1980. After wrapping their tour in support of their previous album, Going for the One (1977), the band gathered in London in February 1978 to record a new album. The band encountered several issues that hindered its potential including their overall direction, the decision to produce it by themselves, and its uneven quality.
Tormato received a mixed critical reception upon release, but was a commercial success. It peaked at No. 8 in the UK and No. 10 in the US. “Don’t Kill the Whale” was released as a single in the UK which reached No. 36. Tormato continued to sell in the US and is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over one million copies. Yes supported the album with the commercially successful 1978–79 tour with concerts performed in the round. Tormato was remastered for CD in 1994 and 2004; the latter contains several previously unreleased tracks from the album’s recording sessions.
As with Going for the One, the album’s cover was designed by Hipgnosis but retains the band’s logo designed by Roger Dean. Howe pitched the album’s original title of Yes Tor, referring to Yes Tor, the second highest hill on Dartmoor, an area of moorland in Devon, England. Wakeman claimed to have thrown a tomato at the pictures taken for the album as he recalled the band were disappointed with the initial artwork which had cost a lot of money. The album’s title and cover was changed accordingly. Wakeman said the album became a “tragedy” as it had poor artwork and production, but good music. Howe said it was someone at Hipgnosis who threw the tomato on purpose, something that he felt insulted about.
You’re first I’m last
You’re thirst I’m asked to justify
Killing our last heaven beast
Don’t hunt the whale
In beauty vision do we offer much
If we reason with destiny
Gonna lose our touch
Don’t kill the whale
Rejoice they sing
They worship their own space
In a moment of love, they will die for their grace
Don’t kill the whale
If time will allow
We will judge all who came
In the wake of our new age to stand for the frail
Don’t kill the whale