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    Going for the One- Rating out of 5?

    My favourite of them all- does this album awaken you with its wondrous stories?
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    Last edited by soundchaser09; 05-12-2022, 11:56 AM.
    The Definitive YES Albums

    -The Yes Album-Fragile-Close to the Edge-Tales From Topographic Oceans-
    -Relayer-Going for the One-Drama-90125-Big Generator-Union-Talk-
    -The Ladder-Magnification-Fly From Here-The Quest-

    #2
    Again, not without shortcomings, but giving it only 4 stars seems wrong. So 5 it is.
    Every song a winner, nice balance of heavy and mellow, dark and light.
    Everyone playing and singing excellent.
    What’s not to like?
    Well, there’s Steve’s screeching guitar at the end of GFTO the song.
    The mid bit of Awaken that would need
    either editing, or some more Wakeman parts on top of it.
    And the terrible production of Parallels. The band, and especially Steve sound like they’re in a bathroom.

    Oh, and the naked guy with bubbles coming out of his backside...

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      #3
      5


      Majestic.Powerful. Lots of piano and organ. Tight, taut songs plus an expansive epic. TOTC is the most romantic song in the canon apart from The Game.
      Parallels has great interplay from Rick and Steve. Dizzyin'. Wondrous Stories is so a lullaby to the magic of the world, I sung it to my baby. Awaken's guitar solo is my fave. Even like the cover. It was a big deal in the newspapers down here with Rick returnin'


      Happy time for the band. Skiin' in the mornin' and rockin' for the rest of the day.

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        #4
        4

        Awaken alone makes it above average. As Caesars Palace mentioned above.. The terrible production of Parallels just grinds my teeth every time I play that album. Going For The One after the first minute is just annoying to me as well. The rest for me is just top notch. Turn of the Century has some of Steve's best moments I think and Wonderous Stories is about as beautiful as a piece of music can be.

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          #5
          Six.

          This and Relayer.

          Perfect, pop, rock, ballad and longform genius. All things and everything in one package.

          As to the sound - spacious, cool and fantastic. If accidental.

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            #6
            Three stars only I'm afraid. The title track is a real demerit. I'm not sure what they were trying to achieve. Jon goes punk? The big downer is Steve's outro, real nails on blackboard stuff. TOTC is okay but the whimsy grates after a while. The other three tracks are fine, but I can see why Chris didn't put Parallels on Fish. Wonderous Stories needs spellchecker but I quite like it. Awaken could do with a bit of trimming.

            Highly overrated IMHO. The beginning of the end. Luckily they bounced back with some quirk on Tormato.

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              #7
              I find the title track extremely annoying but the rest of the album is great, one of my very favorites. A solid 5 from me.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Ceasar’s Palace View Post
                Again, not without shortcomings, but giving it only 4 stars seems wrong. So 5 it is.
                Every song a winner, nice balance of heavy and mellow, dark and light.
                Everyone playing and singing excellent.
                What’s not to like?
                Well, there’s Steve’s screeching guitar at the end of GFTO the song.
                The mid bit of Awaken that would need
                either editing, or some more Wakeman parts on top of it.
                And the terrible production of Parallels. The band, and especially Steve sound like they’re in a bathroom.

                Oh, and the naked guy with bubbles coming out of his backside...
                Bubbles?
                Is that only on the limited special edition?
                Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                  #9
                  I'm less keen than I was. Over time I think the shrillness of it, the overall sound, has become a thing for me. The title track is banshee-wailingly horrible. Turn of the Century is lovely, as is Wonderous Stories, and Awaken is a masterpiece. I don't really think much about Parallels at all. But the big problem, and it's a BIG problem for me now, is the quality of the sound of the thing! How they could have listened to this back at the time and thought, Yeah, this record sounds great, with no bottom end, distorted top, and a buzzy, reverb-sodden middle!
                  Thankfully we have plenty of very good live performances of all of these pieces to enjoy. I was so hoping we'd get a remixed, reverb-free Steven Wilson makeover of it, but that seems vanishingly unlikely now.
                  I saw three shows on the Going For The One Tour in the autumn of 1977, in London and Stafford, and they were amazing, so despite all of the above, and its sonic shortcomings, I retain a lot of affection for the material, but not for the album so much.
                  Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                  Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                    #10
                    A Masterpiece. Could have ended it all right there. Up there with CTTE and TFTO, primarily for Awaken. The title track gets criticized a lot, but it’s got all rocking Yes has to give .

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                      #11
                      Yep, some of the best songs they ever came up with, swamped with overdubs and reverb, resulting in the worst-sounding record of their career.

                      ​​​​​Not sure if this has ever been adequately discussed or explained, but, sonically, none of the albums after CTTE were up to snuff until Drama - five records later.

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                        #12
                        Going For The One - a masterwork. Also the first Yes album with possible quality control issues, though minor. Almost a 5, almost. 4.65 for me. Here it is.

                        The GOOD:

                        Rick comes back. A few shorter songs for the first time since Fragile. Everybody sounds happy and wondrous. Great playing. All 5 members are in a state of creative camaraderie. It's 1977's Going For The One album, what can I say? Awaken is a masterpiece not only for Yes but for 70's prog in general. And I like the long and spacey middle section. I wouldn't lose a note of it. Wonderous Stories is a beautiful song, and one that didn't need to be incorporated into a larger epic. Turn Of The Century is emotionally sublime. It has a lot of heart, and is one of Yes' more romantic moments. Parallels is a great Chris Squire rocker, with excellent Wakeman church organ solo. And this song only really existed in its full glory for this album & tour. I know the Drama lineup and later lineups with Jon D did the song live, but never quite nailed it. Parallels was a lightning strikes once sorta song. Almost every song is 5 stars.

                        The BAD:

                        The title track is my least favorite on the album, kinda repetitive. I like the live Yesshows version better.
                        The cover - no Roger Dean. Instead we got the Rush' s naked starman from 2112 with some skyscrapers. How did that happen?

                        Chris Squire: "hey, can we borrow the naked 2112 guy for our new album? We influenced you, so you guys kinda owe us."

                        Geddy Lee: "Yeah, sure. Just send him back later, we need him for the cover of Hemispheres".

                        Chris Squire: "Thanks".

                        Geddy Lee: "No problem. See you at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, eh".

                        Chris Squire: "Yeah, right. Like either of us will ever get in there..."

                        Actually I do like the strange graphic lines and bubbles and all that. That would have been a cool cover without the skyscrapers or the Rush guy, but maybe that would be a bit minimalistic for Yes at that stage.

                        The UGLY:

                        Production, sound quality - not as good as previous albums with Eddie Offord, and even not as good as Tormato.
                        Also - Patrick Moraz. A second Relayer album never came to being. We got this instead. This is great. But the 'what if' always intrigues.

                        GFTO is a classic Yes offering that I don't revisit as much as I used to, despite being so good. Only 5 songs, all 5 great more or less.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post
                          I'm less keen than I was. Over time I think the shrillness of it, the overall sound, has become a thing for me. The title track is banshee-wailingly horrible. Turn of the Century is lovely, as is Wonderous Stories, and Awaken is a masterpiece. I don't really think much about Parallels at all. But the big problem, and it's a BIG problem for me now, is the quality of the sound of the thing! How they could have listened to this back at the time and thought, Yeah, this record sounds great, with no bottom end, distorted top, and a buzzy, reverb-sodden middle!
                          Thankfully we have plenty of very good live performances of all of these pieces to enjoy. I was so hoping we'd get a remixed, reverb-free Steven Wilson makeover of it, but that seems vanishingly unlikely now.
                          I saw three shows on the Going For The One Tour in the autumn of 1977, in London and Stafford, and they were amazing, so despite all of the above, and its sonic shortcomings, I retain a lot of affection for the material, but not for the album so much.
                          Yes, I agree absolutely on the production. It's the main thing that keeps it from 5 stars for me. So 4 stars it is. I think the songs are great, Awaken and Parallels being my favourite (but my to go to version of that song is the Yesshows version), I like the title track, albeit the finale, where Steve's squealing pedal steel gets too much. Wondrous Stories is good, but I think even less would be more, which is why I like the acoustic version on Songs From Tsongas better than the original.

                          Perhaps that's the thing; the songs are great compositions, but from an excecuting and production point of view for every song there's another live version out there that is actually better than the original studio version (Awaken on KTA or Live in Montreux).

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post

                            Bubbles?
                            Is that only on the limited special edition?
                            I’m not going to post a screenshot. But it’s on his buttocks, also on his shoulder and then some on the left beside him.
                            Little rings that you can see through. I call that bubbles. And now I vow to never raise the subject again.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Ceasar’s Palace View Post

                              I’m not going to post a screenshot. But it’s on his buttocks, also on his shoulder and then some on the left beside him.
                              Little rings that you can see through. I call that bubbles. And now I vow to never raise the subject again.
                              Oh yes! Just had a closer look at the naked guy on the cover, a really close look, and there are indeed what appear to be bubbles. How creative those Hipgnosis chaps were! I'll never be able to stop seeing them now....
                              Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                              Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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