Yes - Going For The One

Limited Edition Picture Disc, 1977 Classic Album

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Going For The One is the eighth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, originally released in July 1977 by Atlantic Records.

Released just as punk rock was reaching its critical and commercial apex (and just as prog itself was starting to vanish into the “dinosaur” dust bins), Going For The One wasn’t a likely candidate for a hit album, and the departure of keyboard virtuoso Patrick Moraz (who added his jazz-fusion touch to Yes’ prior album, Relayer) only made prospects even bleaker.

But the return of keyboard whiz Rick Wakeman signaled a creative re-invigoration, helping Yes re-emerge with one of their finest albums in their rich catalog and one of prog’s most overlooked treasures.

Yes 1976, the quintet of Wakeman, vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, and drummer Alan White relocated to Montreux, Switzerland, recording at Mountain Studios. The majestic beauty of the surrounding Swiss Alps must have lightened the mood considerably, but there was also a deeper creative spirit running through the sessions.

Earlier in the year, when band manager Brian Lane had played Wakeman two Anderson cassette demos (for “Wonderous Stories” and “Going For The One”), the keyboardist remarked that Yes were writing songs again.

(He had had previously attacked Yes in regards to their bloated studio indulgence).

But in 1976, Wakeman found himself inspired by Yes’ more focused, song-like direction, striking up a particularly fruitful rapport with Anderson, whose reliably cosmic lyrics and belted, atmospheric vocals remained at the forefront of the group’s new material.

Indeed, Going For The One finds Yes striking a wonderful balance between the old and the new, retaining their adventurous, highly technical spirit but infusing it with a more clear-minded, radio-friendly approach. They hadn’t exactly rolled with punk’s punches, but they’d gutted their music of the aimless experimentation that plagued stretches of Relayer and Topographic Oceans.

The title track remains a fan favorite and live staple, surging with White’s relentless tom-tom fills, Howe’s rockabilly-inspired steel guitar riff, and Anderson’s radiant vocal melody. “Turn Of The Century” is arguably the band’s finest ballad, with Wakeman’s haunting piano lines and Squire’s bass moans circling around another passionate Anderson vocal.

The centerpiece, however, was saved for the end: The 15-minute tribal-psych epic “Awaken” (which features Wakeman’s massive church organ) is frequently ranked as the band’s masterpiece. On his website bio, Anderson remarks, “I loved listening to ‘Awaken!’ At last we had created a Masterwork.”

In many ways, Going For The One  represents the end of an era — the final gasp of prog-rock glory before the genre’s descent into streamlined production and watered-down ambitions.

Check out the tracks: “Wonderous Stories” ; “Going For The One”; and "Turn of the Century".

This Limited Edition Picture Disc LP with remastered audio is pressed in the USA on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(081227941833)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Going For The One

5:30

A2

Turn Of The Century

7:58

A3

Parallels

5:52

B1

Wonderous Stories

3:45

B2

Awaken

15:38

SKU 081227941833
Record Label Atlantic Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number R1 19106
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 17 January 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 15 July 1977
Barcode # 081227941833
Shipping Weight 0.2100kg
Shipping Width 0.004m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000394000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Picture Disc, PVC Protective Sleeve, Featuring 2013 Remastered Audio, First Time on Picture Disc, Reissue, Remastered Audio
Vinyl Colour Picture Disc
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock
Format PICTURE DISC

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