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Going for the One

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Track listings include: "Going for the One," "Turn of the Century," "Parallels," "Wonderous Stories," "Awaken." Bonus tracks include: "Montreux's Theme, " "Vevey (Revisited)," "Amazing Grace."

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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')


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00007LTIC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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"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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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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Every copy of this album I have owned has clearly suffered from limitations of either the album or CD format. Finally, Audio Fidelity has put considerable effort into the mastering so that the original intentions are able to come through. Both SACD and CD layers are the best I've heard. if you loved the album, you are going to really love this new edition.
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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. With this powerfully compelling, lush exterior Yes possesses, how could one possibly be fully aware of subtle nuances that are arguably beneath the surface? While many of us are being lifted higher to some heavenly place, it is all too common to miss the technical brilliance that is going on. Alan's drumming is the perfect example for this.
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