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Going for the One [Bonus Tracks]

Going for the One [Bonus Tracks]

by Yes Yes
Going for the One [Bonus Tracks]

Going for the One [Bonus Tracks]

by Yes Yes

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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After two albums of increasingly diminishing returns, Yes bounced back from the brink with Going for the One, an album that might not, for the most part, have deviated too far from the band's traditional pastures but which, if you paid attention only to its attendant singles, at least suggested that Yes was over the worst. Both the almost-folky "Wondrous Stories" and the electric passion of the title track took steps that earlier incarnations of the band would never have braved -- stark simplicity on the one hand, unadulterated electricity on the other. And, if one skips the other five LP tracks that open the 2003 remaster of this album, it is clear that Yes was simply sparking with ideas and enthusiasm once again. The first three bonus tracks, the delicate "Montreux's Theme" and "Vevey (Revisited)" and a snorting bass blast through "Amazing Grace," have all appeared aboard past Yes compilations, but how much more fun would it have been had they inserted all three into the original album, in the same way as sundry snippets were slipped into Fragile? Unanimously blessed with both humor and humility, they portray Yes as a band once again, as opposed to five virtuosos with too much time on their hands. Listeners then move into a series of studio rehearsals, including a surely early instrumental drive through "Going for the One," effected with little technical expertise but positively gallons of energy. Similarly sourced versions of "Parallels" and "Turn of the Century" are less remarkable, but they, too, remain enjoyable snapshots of the band simply kicking back and enjoying itself. The highlight, however, has to be the CD closer, an early version of the album's own final track, "Awaken," cut while it was still known as "Eastern Number." Bereft of the grandiose keyboard flourishes that establish the familiar version as a "traditional" Yes epic, "Eastern Number" has a delicate naïveté that is more reminiscent of the group's earliest flowering than anything else. With the best Yes album in five years appended by the best bonus tracks in the series so far, it seems churlish to complain about any aspect of the reissue. However, it's worth pointing out that the slipcased digipack format that housed the last four of the group's earlier albums, and which brought a genuine sense of occasion to each of them, has been abandoned for a return to the unadorned jewel case employed for the first three reissues. It's a shame -- Going for the One

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2003
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227379322
catalogNumber: 73793
Rank: 27963


  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
  10. Parallels
  11. Turn of the Century
  12. Eastern Numbers

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yes   Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Polymoog,Group Member
Jon Anderson   Guitar,Harp,Vocals,Group Member
Steve Howe   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Chris Squire   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Alan White   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Richard Williams Singers   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Rick Wakeman   Composer,Choir Arrangement
Jon Anderson   Composer
Steve Howe   Composer
Chris Squire   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Yes   Arranger,Producer
Roger Dean   Logo
Alan White   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Bill Inglot   Producer
Tim Jones   Liner Notes
Brian Lane   Executive Producer
John Newton   Composer
John Luard Timperley   Engineer
Bobby Warner   Producer
Hipgnosis   Cover Design
Bryan Lasley   Art Direction
George Hardie   Graphic Design

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