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The re-awakening of Yes,
This review is from: Going For The One (Audio CD)
After the gruelling task of writing, rehearsing, recording and touring for 'Tales from Topographic Oceans', Rick Wakeman called it a day, and some argued that Yes would never be the same again. And despite a valiant attempt by Patrick Moraz to fill the gap, there was only one way that Yes were ever going to be able to put together an album anything like as good as their 'golden years' albums of 1971-1973, and that was to get Wakeman back.
In 1977, that is exactly what happened. The band collectively re-discovered themselves, and the result is this magnificent album that ranks as highly as any prog-rock album can. Just as 'progressive rock' was about to bite the dust forever, Yes demonstrated that the genre was capable of producing some seriously brilliant and lasting music.
The five tracks on this album represent the highest degree of variety seen on any Yes album, from the out-and-out rock of the title track, to the dreamlike 'Wonderous Stories', and the simply awesome 'Awaken'. Indeed, the 15-minute epic 'Awaken' is thought by many (including me, and a certain Jon Anderson..) to be the finest piece of Yes musicianship of all. Each member of the band truly excels themselves, but it is Rick Wakeman who really steals the show. It is almost as if he is making up for lost time after his own personal disappointment with 'Tales From Topographic Oceans'. It is amazing to compare the lethargic Mellotrons of that recording to the furious (and beautiful) piano and pipe organ on this one...
The album deserves a 5 star rating as each track (with the possible of exception of Chris Squire's 'Parallels') should get a star each, with 'Awaken' earning 2 stars all by itself. Sadly, after this album, Yes really were never the same again...