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Yes are an English rock band who achieved worldwide success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. Regarded as one of the pioneers of the progressive genre, Yes are known for their lengthy songs, mystical lyrics, elaborate album art, and live stage sets. No fewer than 18 musicians have been a part of the band's line-up, with its current form comprising singer Jon ... Read more in Amazon's Yes Store

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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00007LTIC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Going For The One
2. Turn Of The Century
3. Parallels
4. Wonderous Stories
5. Awaken
6. Montreux's Theme
7. Vevey (Revisted)
8. Amazing Grace
9. Going For The One (Rehearsal)
10. Parallels (Rehearsal)
11. Turn Of The Century (Rehearsal)
12. Eastern Numbers (Early Version Of 'Awaken')

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Bonus tracks: Montreux's Theme; Vevey (revisited); Amazing Grace , and the unissued Going for the One (rehearsal); Parallels (rehearsal); Turn of the Century (rehearsal), and Eastern Numbers (early version of Awaken )!

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Going for the One is an amazingly gorgeous album that one can never tire of listening.
Frank C.
I rank GOING FOR THE ONE right up there with THE YES ALBUM,CLOSE TO THE EDGE,TALES,and RELAYER as the best work from the ultimate rock band.
A great purchase with many bonus tracks, the remastering on this cd also sounds amazing!
Ryan Cassidy

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Author Unknown on June 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Along with "Close To The Edge", this is Yes at their very finest. This is when songs were over 16 minutes long not simply because they could be but because it takes that long to take you on one music's finest explorations. The musicianship, arrangement, emotion and atmosphere surrounding this work is inspired.
"Going For The One" is a lock-on tight, gutsy rocker with a healthy slice of slide guitar work from Steve Howe. "Turn Of The Century" is just beautiful, a haunting piece of work with possibly Jon Anderson's finest lyrics of his career. "Parallels" sounds huge, helped in no small way by Rick Wakeman's contribution on the Vevey pipe organ; the overall effect is magnificent.
"Wonderous Stories" was my introduction to Yes when I was six years old. I was musically inclined and the haunting melodies appealed far more than the loud, brash, angry music that punk brought with it around that time. Twenty-three years later, it's still one of my favourite pieces of music and still for the same reasons - it inspired me to learn about music and to play an instrument.
Then there's "Awaken". Personally, this goes beyond music. It is their most affecting, uplifting and involving work. It's long, goes everywhere, does everything and it's perfect. Zappa once said that writing about music was like dancing about architecture. That's fine by me... so, "Awaken" is the greatest palace ever built and the choreographer will be here in 15 minutes to celebrate its majesty.
Yes don't appeal to everyone's taste; if you can't stand Jon Anderson's high-pitched vocal, all the great things I could say will mean nothing. But for the rest of us, it the reason we keep coming back to this band and we'll be endlessly forgiving.
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101 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on December 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As noted, Atlantic remastered much of Yes' classic catalog a few years back. Now, Rhino is having a go at it. The Rhino versions differ than the Atlantic versions, in that they feature bonus tracks. Most of the bonus tracks to these Rhino re-issues are disposable, but on this particular re-issue, you get a few bonus tracks that were found on the _Yesyears_ boxed set, which means that fans who don't want to shell out the extra cash for these tracks, can now get them for less.

Yes released this magnificent, often overlooked gem in 1977: a time when art rock was being scoffed at as pretentious and overblown. Punk had surged forth, and Johnny Rotten & Co. had a field day ripping Yes, Pink Floyd, Queen and others. It would appear during that time (at least during the making of this album), the members of Yes didn't give a darn about the trends of the day, as their usual cosmic, soaring, mystical aesthetic pervades the album in a big way (which is a good thing.)

The music on here is splendid - soaring, lush, illuminating -- an orgasm for the soul. Jon Anderson's vocals soar high, Steve Howe's guitar playing stuns as usual, and is very fluid, Chris Squire's (and Steve's) backing, majestic vocals blend magnificently with Jon's (and not to mention the man's bass playing), Rick Wakeman (who makes his return with Yes for the first time since 1973's _Tales From Topographic Oceans_) supplies his virtuosic, classically-oriented flourishes not just through synthesizers, but also a church organ, and other types of keyboards.

Alan White is possibly one of the most underacknowledged drummers out there. His drumming skills possibly go largely unnoticed due to the overpowering cosmic front brought on by the other members of the band.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Going For The One", originally issued in 1977, is overlooked in the Yes catalogue (the same goes for 1978's "Tormato" for that matter). It finds the band in between the truly prog-rock early years and just before the less-then-thrilling foray of Top 40 ("Owner of a Loney Heart"). I personally am very fond of this album. The album includes the hard rocking "Parallels" and the majestic "Awaken", not to mention "Wonderous Stories", still one of the band's most popular tracks after all these years.
This "Expanded and Remastered" edition (12 tracks, 79 min.) has of course the original album, but is supplemented by 7 bonus tracks. "Montreux's Theme" is an instrumental from the same sessions. "Vevey" is a live instrumental (recorded in a church!) of Jon on harp and Rick on church organ, just beautiful. "Amazing Grace" is a studio recording of Chris' amazing bass-solo, performed frequently in concert. The remaining tracks are (early) studio run-throughs of the album's tracks, providing a fascinating inside look on how the tracks sounded in their embryonic stages. "Going for the One" is here as an instrumental. "Parallels" is heard without the towering church organ. Best of all, "Eastern Number" is a 12 min. early version of what eventually would become "Awaken".
Kudos to the fine folks at Rhino for putting together this exquisite reissue, and showing others in the industry how it's done. Excellent liner notes, great pictures, fascinating bonus tracks, it's all here. Essential for any Yes fan.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By W. Langan on February 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is probably the best Yes CD with members Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman (who had returned to Yes after leaving in 1974), Chris Squire, Steve Howe, and Alan White. With the exception of 2 songs, the shorter song format is favored here for the 1st time snce "Fragile". It starts with the title track with Howe playing a raucous steel guitar (definitely not like your typical country music!)! The next song "Turn of the Century" is a rare love song which is about as Victorian as you'll ever hear (also features some unique percussion work by Alan White). The next song is Chris Squire's motivational "Paralells", with Wakeman's bold procession on the church organ and Squire's melodious bass lines that follow. "Wonderous Stories" is the most peaceful song with Anderson's imaginative lyrics and Howe's acoustic guitar work. Finally, the masterpiece "Awaken" (this is the only song on GFTO which is over 10 minutes) features Anderson playing harp, Wakeman on the church organ (his playing makes you feel as if you're in a Cathedral yourself!), and Anderson closes the song with his spiritual epitath: "Like the time I ran away and turned around and you were standing close to me."
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