Going for the One

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Going for the One
Studio album by Yes
Released22 July 1977
RecordedLate 1976–Spring 1977 at Mountain Studios
(Montreux, Switzerland)
GenreProgressive rock, symphonic rock
Length38:49
LabelAtlantic
ProducerYes
Yes chronology
Relayer
(1974)
Going for the One
(1977)
Tormato
(1978)
 
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Going for the One
Studio album by Yes
Released22 July 1977
RecordedLate 1976–Spring 1977 at Mountain Studios
(Montreux, Switzerland)
GenreProgressive rock, symphonic rock
Length38:49
LabelAtlantic
ProducerYes
Yes chronology
Relayer
(1974)
Going for the One
(1977)
Tormato
(1978)

Going for the One is the eighth studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, released in July 1977 on Atlantic Records. Produced after each member of the group released a solo record, the album marks the return of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who departed in 1974 over musical differences in Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973). The band returned to producing shorter songs, unlike Tales and Relayer where the tracks range from nine to almost 22 minutes.

Going for the One received a mostly-positive reception from music critics. It topped the UK Album Charts for two weeks.

Background[edit]

In 1974, keyboardist Rick Wakeman left the band over musical differences with their 1973 album Tales from Topographic Oceans and pursued a solo career. His replacement, Patrick Moraz, featured on the band's subsequent album Relayer and its supporting tour before each member released a solo record. Yes completed a 1976 North American tour before moving Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland to produce their next album. After a few recording sessions Moraz was let go from the band. Wakeman was invited to play as a session and rejoined as a full-time member in November 1976.

Recording[edit]

Designed by Hipgnosis, the album's sleeve show the Century Plaza Towers in Los Angeles.

Going for the One album was recorded with engineers John Timperley and David Richards. After constructing epic tracks for the last few years, Yes felt inspired to scale things back a bit and recorded some of their most direct and concise material since Fragile. Wakeman also varied his sound by using the new polyphonic synthesizer out from Moog at the time – the Polymoog (largely forsaking Mellotron and RMI Electra Piano) – and using church pipe organ on "Parallels" and the extended track, "Awaken" (forsaking the Hammond organ that was a major part of both Yes's and Wakeman's sound).

"Parallels" was originally intended for use on Chris Squire's solo album Fish Out of Water, but left out due to a combination of space constraints and a sense that the song didn't quite fit in.[1]

As Anderson described the album:

The album is a kind of celebration [...] Over the last two or three years we've been experimenting a lot and we're happy to have been given that chance. Any musician should be given the chance to extend his horizons and luckily we've been successful enough to do so. But generally we think of this as a more eventful album. We've come back to a happier medium. It's something we felt we wanted to do at this time. If we wanted another 'Tales' concept we would have gone in that direction, but we needed to relax for a while—a little more laughing and jive.

—Jon Anderson[2]

Sleeve design[edit]

After many successive album covers with Roger Dean, Yes (who also produced the album entirely by themselves) instead commissioned Hipgnosis (known for designing album covers for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and UFO) to create the artwork for Going for the One. However, Dean's Yes logo was retained. The album cover features the Century Plaza Towers in Los Angeles, also known locally as the Twin Towers.

Release[edit]

Going for the One was released in July 1977 to commercial success. The album topped the UK album chart for two weeks and peaked at number 8 on the US Billboard 200.[3] The album spawned two singles, "Wonderous Stories" and "Going for the One", that reached number 7 and 24 respectively on the UK singles chart.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau(C)[5]
Pitchfork Media(7.5/10)[6]
Rolling Stone(favourable)[7]
Piero Scaruffi(5/10)[8]
Sputnik Music3.5/5 stars[9]

Steve Pond, in his review of the album for the Los Angeles Times, thought that by "going back to basics and rather than trying to top its previous 'extravaganzas'" the band had "produced its most appealing collection since Close to the Edge".[10] AllMusic's Ross Boissoneau has described this album as "perhaps the most overlooked item in the Yes catalog".[4] Anderson has considered "Awaken" to be the band's most "complete composition".[11]

Reissues[edit]

1988 – Atlantic – CD
1994 – Atlantic – CD (Remastered)
2003 – Rhino – CD (Remastered with Bonus Tracks)
2013 – Audio Fidelity – SACD (Remastered)

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Going for the One"  Jon Anderson5:32
2."Turn of the Century"  Anderson, Steve Howe, Alan White7:56
3."Parallels"  Chris Squire5:53
Side two
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Wonderous Stories"  Anderson3:49
2."Awaken"  Anderson, Howe15:31
2003 reissue bonus tracks
No.TitleMusicLength
6."Montreux's Theme"  Howe, Squire, Anderson, White2:38
7."Vevey (Revisited)"  Anderson, Wakeman4:46
8."Amazing Grace"  Traditional, arranged by Squire2:36
9."Going for the One (Rehearsal)"  Anderson5:10
10."Parallels (Rehearsal)"  Squire6:21
11."Turn of the Century (Rehearsal)"  Anderson, Howe, White6:58
12."Eastern Number (Early version of "Awaken")"   12:16

Personnel[edit]

Yes

Additional personnel

Notes and references[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ Kirkman, Jon (2007). "Interview With Chris Squire". In Fish Out of Water Deluxe Expanded Edition (disc 2, track 3). Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
  2. ^ Farber, Jim (8 September 1977). "Yes Is Going for the Big One". Circus. 
  3. ^ "Number 1 Albums – 1970s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Boissoneau, Ross. Going for the One – Yes at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Yes". Consumer Guide. Robert Christgau. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Dahlen, Chris; Leone, Dominique; Tangari, Joe (8 February 2004). "Yes: The Yes Album / Fragile / Close to the Edge / Tales from Topographic Oceans / Relayer / Going for the One / Tormato / Drama / 90125". Album Reviews. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Swenson, John (8 September 1977). "Yes: Going For The One". Music Reviews. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 23 May 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Scaruffi, Piero (1999). "Yes". pieroscaruffi.com. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/740/Yes-Going-for-the-One/
  10. ^ Pond, Steve (15 June 1977). "Yes Album Getting Back to Basics". Los Angeles Times. 
  11. ^ "Back-issues: 0085". nfte.org. [dead link]
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Preceded by
The Johnny Mathis Collection
by Johnny Mathis
UK Albums Chart number one album
13 August 1977 – 27 August 1977
Succeeded by
20 All Time Greats by Connie Francis