Going for the one
Going For The One is YES’ 1977 masterwork. It saw the return of Rick Wakeman and found the band incorporating shorter form songs. Similar to Fragile, Going For The One features stunning vocal harmonies balanced by thrilling guitar playing. It topped the U.K. charts and reached #8 on the Billboard 200. It includes the hit singles “Wonderous Stories” and “Going For The One.” Absolutely essential.

Personnel

Jon Anderson
Vocals

Steve Howe
Guitars, Vocals

Chris Squire
Bass, Vocals

Rick Wakeman
Keyboards

Alan White
Percussion


Dan Hersch & Bill Inglot 2003 Stereo Remasters for Warner Music UK/USA

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Going for the One Remastered in 2003 from the master tape of the original 1977 mix.
Available as:
HD 24-192 or 24-96 Downloads at HD Tracks, HiRes Audio
Gatefold CD at Amazon
Vinyl LP as per original release at Amazon
MP3 Downloads at iTunes (Standard Edition, Mastered for iTunes), iTunes (Deluxe Edition), Google Play, 7 Digital, Microsoft Store
Streaming at Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Rdio, Tidal
This Remaster of Going for the One is also available as part of the ‘Studio Albums 1969-1987‘ Box Set at Amazon.
The Box Set contains the following remastered albums and their original track listing (ie no bonus tracks): Yes, Time and a Word, The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going For The One , Tormato, Drama, 90125, Big Generator. Each individual album comes in a gatefold sleeve that replicates the original LP packaging.


Isao Kikuchi 2013 Stereo Remasters for Warner Music Japan

Tormato is also available as part of the High Vibration SACD Box Set at Amazon.
High Vibration is a 16 x Hybrid SACD Box Set made for the Japanese fans, containing their first 13 albums on 15 discs plus a bonus disc of extra tracks. All Remastered by Isao Kikuchi at 24-96 & 16-44.1 with a 220 page book in Japanese.
Albums: Yes, Time and a Word, The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Yessongs, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going For The One, Tormato, Drama, 90125, Big Generator and a Bonus Disc.
Bonus Disc: Something’s Coming, Dear Father, Roundabout (Single Edit), America, Total Mass Retain (Single Version), Soon (Single Edit), Abilene, Run Through The Light (Single Version), Run With The Fox, Owner Of A Lonely Heart (Move Yourself Mix), Leave It (Single Remix), Big Generator (Remix).


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Going for the One by Tim Jones

After a quarter of a century, some things don’t change. In 1977, £1 was worth $1.60, Elvis Presley was back in the upper reaches of the U.K. and U.S. charts, and Johnny Rotten was giving the press good sound bite about the power of punk. As for YES, the band had just unleashed their eighth studio effort, Going For The One – music that still thrills audiences more than 25 years after it was created by the virtuoso quintet of Jon Anderson (vocals), Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass), Rick Wakeman (keyboards), and Alan White (drums).

When their glimmering new five-song set was unveiled in July ’77, the, band’s canon of sublime past works somewhat overshadowed it, leading to its subsequent, perennial undervaluation. Yet Going For The One is a quite exquisite album, cut from a similar cloth to many of its predecessors, but fashioned in a fresh way, reflecting changing times both in YES‘ musical outlook and internal dynamics, and in the wider musical world.

Between YES‘ return to the studio in September 1976 (when ABBA and Peter Frampton topped the U.K. and U.S. Albums charts, respectively) and the release of Going For The One, embryonic sparks of revolutionary musical change in the shape of punk underlined the malaise affecting YES‘ progressive rock contemporaries like King Crimson, Genesis, ELP, and The Moody Blues. Even so, it was the return of YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman after a two-year absence that grabbed the headlines in the autumn of ’76 (along with the concurrent escape of Pink Floyd’s giant inflatable hog from its mooring over London’s Battersea power station, proving that pigs can fly!). Not one punk band topped the U.K. Album charts during its Year Zero of 1977, but Going For The One did just that (while making the U.S. Top 10, to boot). It did so because, as its title track suggests, Going For The One is a “thoroughbred racing chaser.”

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Given that Relayer had reached #4 in Britain soon after its November 1974 release, while Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973) had gone to #1, Atlantic Records boss Jerry Greenberg questioned whether YES could hit the top spot again. He needn’t have worried. Going For The One pulled off the neat trick of bookending YES‘ classic, epic-opus era of ethereal, majestic, superlatively crafted story-songs, while signposting a more urgent and direct rock future.

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Following a stadium-filling world tour that ran from April to August 1975, YES focused on long-gestating solo projects, and that November saw solo albums released by Messrs. Howe and Squire. The next year saw further collections from White, Patrick Moraz (Wakeman’s post-­Tales replacement), and Anderson, and preparations for a U.S. tour were made. Fortuitously, this break from joint recording came at a time when not only punk, reggae, and other musics were increasingly making themselves heard, but glam was also making way for adult-oriented and pomp rock purveyed by the likes of Boston, Styx, and Queen, laying down markers for the future.

Following their U.S. tour, and because of the British government’s crippling tax regime, YES decided to record their next album overseas. However, they couldn’t agree on a location, and so, perversely, unanimous only in that they shouldn’t decamp to Moraz’s Swiss homeland, they flew. there, booking into Montreux’s Mountain Studios in September ’76. However, Moraz’s melodic ideas were rejected by his colleagues, and linguistic difficulties were cited as the reason for his hasty, enforced departure. Moraz felt that band manager Brian Lane had orchestrated the lucrative return of another of his wards, the curryaholic caped crusader, Rick Wakeman. But Jon Anderson reflects that becoming a star overnight simply went to Moraz’s head and he “thought he could do whatever he liked.” He couldn’t.

Initially Lane asked Wakeman, who had experienced major solo success outside of YES, to work on the album as a highly paid sessioneer. But in October ’76, after hearing Jon’s cassette demos of “Wonderous Stories” and “Going For The One,” Rick agreed that YES “were writing songs again.” Squire casually asked him the following month to rejoin YES full-time (having already fed the reunion story to the press!), and the prodigal son began his second ride on the YES roundabout.

With Wakeman’s return, the band rethought its modus operandi in an attempt to create a firmer foundation upon which to build. The ensuing communal writing process was far more improvisational than hitherto and, With their families near at hand, it was infused with an optimistic, celebratory spirit, further enhanced by the joint wrecking of several rental cars near Lake Geneva. In the studio each built on the others’ ideas, especially Jon and Rick. Following Jon and Alan’s early morning skiing, studio work was done after leisurely lunches. Rick was instrumental in organising several lager-based sessions “on the piste”!
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Although Steve Howe felt some unease at the precedent set by Rick’s return (and he turned to transcendental meditation for stress relief), the guitarist reflects that “we felt marvellously fresh and excited, and the recording had a great feel about it.” Despite the absence of stalwart engineer Eddie Offord, Steve says that “we went up a level as we steered ourselves,” the resultant album, he understatedly asserts, being “the Euro-rock album of all time.”

The overall concept of “The One” is trademark YES, a mystical quest for utopia juxtaposing Christian deism, gnosticism, and heliocentric paganism with modern Man’s materialist vainglory. This is embodied by the album’s mould-breaking trifold sleeve, with monolithic World Trade Center-styled fasciae towering over an analogue Adam, while a counterpoint inner sleeve cloaks the band in ancient, unchanged skies. Its commissioning from trendy art studio Hipgnosis, after Jon and erstwhile in-house artist Roger Dean disagreed over design direction, indicates YES‘ desire to meld the old with the new, retaining Dean’s classic YES logo but replacing his mystical fantasyscapes with ultramodern imagery. Musically, too, familiar tones redolent of Yes standards such as “I Get Up I Get Down,” “All Good People,” and the twice­ name-checked “Roundabout” are supplemented by fresh, open, dynamic sounds, making for a rich amalgam.

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The opening title track (which reached #24 in the U.K.) has typically cosmic lyrics, Elysian lead vocals, and bright harmonies, but these are propped by driving drums and bass, as well as being overlaid with stratospheric slide guitar. It is followed by the heterodox “Turn Of The Century,” where, as Steve revels, “we really rocked out,” rolling piano and acoustic six-string shining over an understatedly vivid rhythm engine. “Parallels” goes one better in. this respect, revisiting Squire’s “Hold Out Your Hand” (from his recent Fish Out Of Water solo endeavour). It is marked out by cathedralic organ, grandiose imagery and vocals, and alternately rhapsodic and head-on rock guitar, over a crashing percussion platform.
Following the shimmering, supernal minstrelsy of “Wonderous Stories” (which remains YES‘ biggest U.K. chart hit to date, notching up a #7), the finale is the 15-minute, mesmeric behemoth of “Awaken,” riven with free-spirited signature changes and disciplined but bold, instrumental and vocal melodrama-big-top earthiness abutting psalmic incantation. It’s a truly triumphal climax, and a heady mix of the familiar and the fresh. Released on the numerologically auspicious 7/7/77, the album (prefaced by three much sought-after promo 12″ U.K. singles) was followed by a tour that won plaudits from band and fans alike. However, the British music media was less universally gushing than it had been in the recent past, and Elvis’ death in August ’77 further diverted public and press attention.
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But Going For The One was lapped up by YES‘ legions of followers, and it still warrants praise as a tour de force fusion of what the band was and what it would become. As such, it’s a critical jumping-off point on an ever-more stormy YES journey, leading to Tormato and its subsequent musical and lineup metamorphoses. Above all, musically, Going For The One has stood the test of time and endures as a true YES classic.

– Tim Jones

Lyrics

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GOING FOR THE ONE

Get the idea cross around the track
Underneath the flank of a thoroughbred racing chaser
Getting the feel as a river flows
Would you like to go n’ shoot the mountain masses
And here you stand no taller than the grass sees
And should you really chase so hard
The truth of sport plays rings around you

Going for the one
Going for the one

Get in the way as the tons of water
Racing with you, crashing thru the rudder
Once at the start can you gamble
 that
You really surely really mean to finish
After seeing all your sense of fear diminish
As you treat danger a pure collection
As you throw away misconceptions

Going for the one
Going for the one
Going for a

Listen in time
Taken so high
To touch to move
Listen to life
Touching touch time
Travel twilight

Taken so high
Roundabout
Sounding out
Love you so
Love you so
Love you so

Now the verses i’ve sang don’t add much weight
To the story in my head so i’m thinking
I should go and write a punch line
But they’re so hard to find in my cosmic mind
So i think i’ll take a look out of the window
When i think about you, i don’t feel low
‘N’ should i really chase so hard
The truth of sport plays rings around you

Going for the one
Going for the one
Going for to

Listen in time
Taken so high
To touch to move
Listen to life
Touching touchtime
Travel twilight

Taken so high
Taking your time
Turn on to love
Turnstile to one
Tender timing
Rocking rolling

Listen in time
Taken so high
To touch to move
Listen to life
Touching touchtime
Travel twilight

Taken so high
Taking your time
Turn on to love
Turnstile to one
Tender timing
Rocking rolling

Turn on to love
Turnstile to one
Tender timing
Rocking rolling

Moments decide
Moments delight
Moments in flight
Talk about sending love.


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson


PERFORMED BY

Jon Anderson: Vocals
Steve Howe: Steel guitar and vocals
Chris Squire: Bass guitar and vocals
Rick Wakeman: Piano and electric keyboards
Alan White: Drums


FURTHER INFO

Going For The One was first issued as Atlantic #19106 (7/7/77)
Album recorded at Mountain Studios , Montreux, Switzerland.


TURN OF THE CENTURY

Realising a form out of stone
Set hands moving
Roan shaped his heart
Thru his working hands
Work to mould his passion into clay
Like the sun

In his room, his lady
She would dance and sing so completely
So be still, he now cries
I have time, oh let day transform thee so

In the deep cold of night
Winter calls, he cries, don’t deny me
For his lady, deep her illness
Time has caught her
And will for all reasons take her

In the still light of dawn, she dies
Helpless hands soul revealing
Like leaves we touch, we learn
We once knew the story
As Winter calls he will starve
All but to see the stone be life

Now Roan no more tears
Set to work his strength
So transformed him
Realising a form out of stone, his work
So absorbed him
Could she hear him
Could she see him
All aglow was his room dazed in this light
He would touch her
He would hold her
Laughing as they danced
Highest colours touching others

Did her eyes at the turn of the century
Tell me plainly
When we meet, how we’ll love,
Oh let life so transform me

Like leaves we touched, we danced
We once knew the story
As autumn called and we both
Remembered all those many years ago
I’m sure we know

Was the sign with a touch
As I kiss your fingers
We walk hands in the sun
Memories when we’re young
Love lingers so.

Was it sun thru the haze
That made all your looks
As warm as moonlight
As a pearl deep your eyes
Tears have flown away
All the same light

Did her eyes at the turn of the century
Tell me plainly
When we meet how we’ll look
As we smile time will leave me clearly

Like leaves we touch, we see
We will know the story
As Autumn calls we’ll both remember
All those many years ago.


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson, Steve Howe & Alan White


PERFORMED BY

Jon Anderson: Vocals
Steve Howe: Acoustic and electric guitar
Chris Squire: Bass guitar and vocals
Rick Wakeman: Piano and electric keyboards
Alan White: Tuned percussion


FURTHER INFO

Going For The One was first issued as Atlantic #19106 (7/7/77)
Album recorded at Mountain Studios , Montreux, Switzerland.


PARALLELS

When you’ve tried most everything
And nothing’s taking you higher
When you’ve come to realise
You’ve been playing with fire
Hear me when i say to you
It’s really down to your heart

It’s the beginning of a new love in sight
You’ve got the way to make it all happen
Set it spinning turning roundabout
Create a new dimension
When we are winning we can stop and shout
Making love towards perfection

I’ve been all around the world
And seen so many faces
Young and old a story told
Filling in my spaces
Now without a trace of doubt.
I feel it every hour

It’s the beginning of a new love inside
Could be an ever opening flower
No hesitation when we’re all about
To build a shining tower
No explanations, need to work it out
You know we’ve got the power

Parallel our sights
And we will find, that we, we need,
To be, where we, belong
Parallel our heights
Display our rights and wrongs.
And always, keep it strong
It’s the beginning of a new love in sight
Could be an ever opening flower
No explanations, need to work it out
You know we’ve got the power
It’s the beginning of a new love inside
You’ve got the way to make it all happen
Set it spinning turning roundabout
Create a new dimension
When we are winning we can stop and shout
Making love towards perfection.


WRITTEN BY

Chris Squire


PERFORMED BY

Jon Anderson: Vocals
Steve Howe: Electric guitar and vocals
Chris Squire: Bass guitar and vocals
Rick Wakeman: Church organ
Alan White: Drums and percussion


FURTHER INFO

Going For The One was first issued as Atlantic #19106 (7/7/77)
Album recorded at Mountain Studios , Montreux, Switzerland.
Church Organ recorded at St. Martins Church, Vevey, Switzerland


WONDEROUS STORIES

I awoke this morning love laid me down by a river.
Drifting I turned on upstream bound for my forgiver.
In the giving of my eyes to see your face.
Sound did silence me leaving no trace.
I beg to leave, to hear your wonderous stories.
Beg to hear your wonderous stories.

He spoke of lands not far or lands they were in his mind.
Of fusion captured high where reason captured his time.
In no time at all he took me to the gate.
In haste I quickly checked the time.
If I was late I had to leave to hear your wonderous stories.
Had to hear your wonderous stories.

Hearing…
Hearing your wonderous stories.

It is no lie I can see deeply into the future.
Imagine everything you’re close and were you there to stand
So cautiously at first and then so high.
As he spoke my spirit climbed into the sky.
I bid it to return to hear your wonderous stories.
Return to hear your wonderous stories.

Hearing…


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson


PERFORMED BY

Jon Anderson: Vocals
Steve Howe: Vachalia, electric guitar and vocals
Chris Squire: Bass guitar and vocals
Rick Wakeman: Polymoog
Alan White: Drums and percussion


FURTHER INFO

Going For The One was first issued as Atlantic #19106 (7/7/77)
Album recorded at Mountain Studios , Montreux, Switzerland.


AWAKEN

High vibration go on
To the sun, oh let my heart dreaming
Past a mortal as me
Where can I be?

Wish the sun to stand still
Reaching out to touch our own being
Past all mortal as we
Here we can be
We can be here
Be here now
Here we can be

Suns | High | Streams | Through
Awaken gentle mass touch
Awaken gentle mass touching

Strong | Dreams | Reign | Here
Awaken gentle mass touch
Awaken gentle mass touching
Awaken gentle mass touch
Awaken gentle mass touching

Star | Song | Age | Less
Awaken gentle mass touch
Awaken gentle mass touching

Workings of man
Set to ply out historical life
Reregaining the flower of the fruit of his tree
All awakening
All restoring you

Workings of man
Crying out from the fire set aflame
By his blindness to see that
The warmth of his being
Is promised for his seeing
His reaching so clearly

Workings of man
Driven far from the path
Rereleased in inhibitions
So that all is left for you
All is left for you
All is left for you
All this left for you now

Master of images
Songs cast a light on you
Hark thru dark ties
That tunnel us out of sane existence
In challenge as direct
As eyes see young stars assemble

Master of Light
All pure chance
As exists cross divided
In all encircling mode
Oh closely guided plan
Awaken in our heart

Master of Soul
Set to touch
All impenetrable youth
Ask away
That thought be contact
With all that’s clear
Be honest with yourself
There’s no doubt no doubt

Master of Time
Setting sail
Over all of our lands
And as we look
Forever closer
Shall we now bid
Farewell farewell

High vibration go on
To the sun, oh let my heart dreaming
Past a mortal as me
Where can I be

Wish the sun to stand still
Reaching out to touch our own being
Past all mortal as we
Here we can be

Like the time I ran away
Turned around and you were standing close to me
Like the time I ran away
Turned around and you were standing close to me.


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson, Steve Howe


PERFORMED BY

Jon Anderson: Harp and vocals
Steve Howe: Acoustic, electric, pedal steel guitar and vocals
Chris Squire: Bass guitar and vocals
Rick Wakeman: Keyboard and church organ
Alan White: Drums and tuned percussion

Ars Laeta of Lausanne, Switzerland
Recorded at Église des Planches, Montreux, Switzerland
Richard Williams Singers – Choral
Choral Arrangement by Rick Wakeman


FURTHER INFO

Going For The One was first issued as Atlantic #19106 (7/7/77)
Album recorded at Mountain Studios , Montreux, Switzerland.



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