Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
When the music press announced that Rick WAKEMAN returned to YES in ’76, I was delighted, what a pleasant surprise! ‘Could YES handle the very high expectations?’ was the ultimate question in those days. Well, very positive!! That was the clear answer after the release of the new album “Going For The One” in ’77 and my keyboard hero WAKEMAN, ‘the caped crusader’, sounded as reborn.
This release presents the complete original Verve LP "Going for Myself" reuniting Lester Young and Harry “Sweets” Edison, one Pres’ last studio albums ever. Backing Pres and Sweets are superb musicians like Oscar Peterson, Louie Bellson and Herb Ellis. Five extra tracks have been added to the contents of the original album, including three alternate takes and two tunes not included on the originally issued set.
Going for the One is perhaps the most overlooked item in the Yes catalog. It marked Rick Wakeman's return to the band after a three-year absence, and also a return to shorter song forms after the experimentalism of Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, and Relayer…
In 1977, with England still in the throes of the punk explosion, and art-rock becoming a decidedly unfashionable commodity, the longstanding progressive-rock institution Yes was making some of the most inventive and energetic music of its career on Going for the One. The album–which marked the return of star keyboardist Rick Wakeman to the band–features the FM hit "Wondrous Stories," one of frontman Jon Anderson's most limpid acoustic ballads. Elsewhere, the propulsive title track and the hyperactive "Parallels" find the band flirting with dissonance, belying Yes's image as a hidebound dinosaur. Elsewhere, the 16-minute "Awaken" ranks with the band's most ambitious long-form extravaganzas. ~ Scott Schinder