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 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
After several whirlwind tours to celebrate their amazing successful run with albums like Close to the Edge and Tales From Topographic Oceans, the legendary Yes took some time off to record several solo projects and soon got back to the studio and worked on the amazing 1977 prog-rock masterwork Going for the One. With an ever interesting line-up of world class musicianship, this highly regarded dream team for Going for the One consisted of Jon Anderson (vocals), Chris Squire (bass/vocals), Steve Howe (guitars/vocals), Alan White on drums and the celebrated return of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, Going for the One truly stands as absolutely one of the most intriguing albums of their mega successful career. Often considered one of the finest recordings in their amazing catalog, Yes fans continue to praise Going for the One as a truly inspiring masterwork. This important piece of music consists of five amazing Yes workouts such as the definitive side one opener Going for the One, the fan favorite Turn Of The Century, and of course the international smash hit Wonderous Stories Yes enthusiasts were superlatively rewarded with even more progressive rock favorites with the brilliant Chris Squire composition Parallels, and the stunning Jon Anderson and Steve Howe collaboration Awaken, which truly made Going for the One, one of the finest albums of classic rock era. To celebrate the anniversary of this amazing album, this limited edition masterpiece is housed in the super rare and beautiful tri-fold album cover and includes the original stunning artwork by Hipgnosis. This release is pressed on blue colored 180 gram vinyl and was mastered by Joe Reagoso using the original Atlantic Records tapes at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records.