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  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00007LTIC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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1. Going For The One
2. Turn Of The Century
3. Parallels
4. Wonderous Stories
5. Awaken
6. Montreux's Theme
7. Vevey (Revisited)
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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Format: Audio CD
I wish Rhino had released this in digipack form as they did for some of the other Yes albums, as the original triple gatefold cover was fantastic.

Yes sound very different on this album, much more like a conventional Rock band (I'm talking strictly about the sound here, this is still Prog). Squire's bass in particular is softer and deeper than usual, Howe's guitar has a dirtier sound and White's drumming stays resolutely on top of the beat. The sound quality has always been a little bit of an issue on this album, as the production style has made extreme use of multi-tracking, and consequently sounds a little muddied. There was also a lot of hissing in some of the quieter passages. This new Rhino release is noticable better than the older versions and many may find replacing their old CD worthwhile.

This is considered by many to be Yes' last album from their classic period, and it is of a very high standard, all of the tracks are exceptional. The title track and "Parallels" are huge, fast paced rockers - they have an "out of control" quality which I really like, the entire band playing in a virtuoso, flat-out manner, as if they are trying to win a competition or something. "Going for the One" in particular has so much happening towards the end of the track, it becomes pleasantly overwhelming.

"Turn of the Century" is a complete contrast. This is a very gentle composition, led by classical guitar and Anderson's ethereal sounding vocals (the Pygmalion style lyrics are quite pleasant too). From start to finish it is dripping with otherworldly atmosphere. The relatively successful single "Wondrous Stories" is the other lighter track on the album.

"Awaken" along with "Turn of the Century" is one of the best tracks in the entire Yes catalogue.
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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...
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After the three large scale epic works that Yes had made prior to this record, Close To The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans and Relayer, Yes finally returned to more earthy territory with Going For The One.
Yes had gone as far as they could with their massive symphonic works, and instead went back to the kind of music they were making from 1969 to 1971.
Happily, Rick Wakeman approved of this ideology and duly returned to the band.
It has to be said that there aren't too many Yes albums that can top Going For The One. In fact, I would go as far to say that it is perhaps the perfect Yes record.
'Parallels' and the title track are good straight ahead rock numbers with Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman interplaying superbly together with Chris Squire and Alan White providing a steady rythmn section.
'Turn Of The Century' is a gorgeous track that shows the band using 'real' instruments and coming up with a fusion of folk and classical music in a stupendous piece. Steve Howe plays some outstanding acoustic guitar, and Rick Wakeman uses all his classical nous to give the song some real majesty. Special mention has to go to Jon Anderson here as well who puts in one of his finest ever vocal displays.
'Wonderous Stories' is another quite lovely track. At three minutes plus, it probably ranks among Yes' shortest ever group compositions, but like 'Long Distance Runaround' on the Fragile album, it shows that Yes can come up with a simple, catchy, melodic pop tune when they want to. Wakeman throws in some top keyboards too.
The major track on Going For The One has to be Awaken. At fifteen minutes plus it's the longest track on offer here, but unlike some of the songs on the previous two albums, Awaken is beautifully structured and expertly played by all.
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