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3 stars Yes' last good album, with the return of Rick Wakeman at keyboards. Not as progressive, daring and jazzy-esque as Relayer, but featuring their most catchy songs and the beautiful Awaken.

The title song opens with a rocky Zeppelin-ish intro, to transport you into Yes' magic forest. Going for the One is a very enchanting, happy and fluent tune. On the contrary, Turn of the Century is a little lazy and pointless ballad. The listener is "awaken" with Parallels and its church organ overture. This song surprisely rocks and delivers a lot of energy ! Nonetheless, disappointment arrives again with the light Wonderous Stories, which sounds like a boring soundtrack. At last comes the highlight of the album : Awaken. This 15 minutes epic features wonderful melancholic passages in magic places. Knights and Sorcerer's tears put in music with great organ and guitar playing. The end of this piece finishes majestically in the sky.

Concerning the Elektra remastered version, apart the single version of Going for the One and an alternative version of Awaken, bonus tracks are not quite interesting. Jon's vocals on Parallels sound false and other tracks are average short instrumental pieces.

Going for the One is an irregular release alternating very good (Going for the One, Parallels and the little masterpiece Awaken) and boring songs. With other tracks than Turn of the Century and Wonderful Stories, it could have been a fantastic album, maybe Yes' best !

Modrigue | 3/5 |


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