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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

LINK: YES' 'GOING FOR THE ONE' TURNS 35

On Yes‘ eighth studio album, ‘Going for the One,’ progressive-rock’s figurehead act were undeniably in a transitional state, both sonically and physically.

Originally released on July 22, 1977, just as punk-rock was reaching its critical and commercial apex (and just as prog itself was starting to vanish into the ‘dinosaur’ dust bins), ‘Going for the One’ wasn’t a likely candidate for a hit album, and the departure of keyboard virtuoso Patrick Moraz (who added his jazz-fusion touch to Yes’ prior album, ‘Relayer’) only made prospects even bleaker.

But the return of keyboard whiz Rick Wakeman in 1976 signaled a creative re-invigoration, helping Yes re-emerge with one of the finest albums in their rich catalog — and one of progressive rock’s most overlooked treasures.



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