A2-19106 Going For The One
Arranged & Produced by Yes
Released on July 7, 1977
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #8 . . . GOLD RECORD (8/2/77)
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F ollowing a hiatus during which every member of the band released solo records, Yes regrouped with keyboardist Rick Wakeman and released the fan favorite, Going for the One. Although noisy at times, the record is a return to writing magical prog rock that mixes the members’ individual contributions to best effect. The album featured two singles, the enthusiastic title track showcasing the uncontainable Steve Howe and “Wonderous Stories,” an acoustic song that recalls Jon Anderson’s Olias of Sunhillow. Although both Tales from Topographic Oceans and Relayer had their moments, Going for the One consistently recalls the magic and majesty of their best work. The epic “Awaken,” for example, belongs on a par with Fragile’s “South of the Sky,” while “Wonderous Stories” hits the same high points as “And You and I.” The record is hampered by chaotic production, notably burying Rick Wakeman’s contributions on the opening “Going for the One,” but it benefits from a brilliance of sound aided by Alan White, whose percussion on the spellbinding “Turn of the Century” is indicative of his lighter touch this time around. And for those who question the paternity of Drama, Chris Squire’s “Parallels” serves as a clear precedent. While Going for the One is a return to form in many ways, it also marks a shift from multi-part epics toward more concise, punchy progressive rock. Subsequent albums would contain individual moments of magic, but none would again match this mix of great music and deep mysticism.

SD 19106 outer trifold SD 19106 lyric sleeve
SD 19106 outer trifold SD 19106 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. GOING FOR THE ONE    (Jon Anderson)    5:30
  2. TURN OF THE CENTURY    (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe/Alan White)    7:58
  3. PARALLELS    (Chris Squire)    5:52
  4. WONDEROUS STORIES    (Jon Anderson)    3:45
  5. AWAKEN    (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe)    15:38

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  6. MONTREUX'S THEME
  7. VEVEY
  8. AMAZING GRACE
  9. GOING FOR THE ONE (REHEARSAL)
  10. PARALLELS (REHEARSAL)
  11. TURN OF THE CENTURY (REHEARSAL)
  12. EASTERN NUMBERS

CREDITS

JON ANDERSON -- vocals, harp
STEVE HOWE -- steel guitar, acoustic & electric guitar, vachalia, vocals
CHRIS SQUIRE -- bass guitar, vocals
RICK WAKEMAN -- piano, electric keyboards, church organ, polymoog
ALAN WHITE -- drums, percussion
John Timperley -- recording engineer
Brian Lane -- executive producer
Hipgnosis -- sleeve design and photography
Roger Dean -- Yes logo
George Hardie -- graphics
Alex Grab and Jaques Streassle -- inner spread photo

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK July 7, 1977 Atlantic LP/CS K/K4 50379 trifold cover, lyric sleeve
US July 7, 1977 Atlantic LP/CS/8T SD/TP 19106 trifold cover, lyric sleeve
ARG 1977 Atlantic LP 16043  
GER/NET 1977 Atlantic LP ATL 50379 trifold cover, inner sleeve
JPN   Atlantic LP P-10304A  
YUG   Suzy LP ATL 50379 trifold cover
US July 1988 Atlantic CD/CS A2/CS-19106 lyric sleeve
WW August 16, 1994 Atlantic CD 82670 digital remaster
US August 26, 2003 Rhino CDX 73793 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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