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Jos Jr.
5 stars In some moments Yes has chosen the way of virtuosism to show to their audiences the band members high levels of instrumental skills, sometimes even leaving the melody in a second plan. It is easy to mention songs where they just does not explore the music most melodic moments and overrate intricate arrangements and solos .In several Yes musics,we have the sensation that the band has a rare talent to create magical moments and melodies and simply does not explore them properly.Maybe this is the band weakest point, maybe this is a part of Yes mistic or maybe it just helps to define the complexity of their music.

" Going For the One " is one this moments where Yes found the correct balance between melody and intrumental virtuosism. Is the lost gem in Yes music and a pleasantly surprise for any sensitive listener. Here the band found the perfect balance and musical enviroment to create and produce one of the finest moments of their long career. From the album production till the instrumental work, throught the lirics that fits perfectly with each music melody, you can find outstanding results at any point of view.

Jon Anderson was the album maestro. As he said ,in "Going for the One" he got the group of musicians he had dreamed in his entire life. You can say- this was the same "Tales" line up! But in "Going for the One", differently than in "Tales ", this group of musicians where in same frequence and Jon Anderson was specially inspired . Who can't said that the group of musicians also got the voice of their dreams? "Going for the One" also marks the return of Rick Wakeman to Yes keyboards , replacing Pat Moraz after his very good performance in "Relayer" . Wakeman influence was a one of the keys to "Going for the One" success . However "Going for the One" secret is that you can feel the band work as a entity in every Album track. Every instrumentist leaves his personal touch .Nevertheless , Wakemans presence in "Going for the One" is amazing. His piano drives "Turn of the Century",along Steve Howes acoustic guitar.His church organ is the verve of "Parallels"and his moog solo fits perfectly with Steve Howes mandolin in "Wonderous Stories" . As for every member of the band,his best moment is in the magic "Awaken" . And all the members where simply in their apice in this album. Steve Howe plays marvelous steel guitar in "GTFO" , takes his acoustic guitar classical style apice in "Turn of the Century", not to mention his electric guitar work in "Parallels" , the very well done choice of mandolin in "Wanderous Stories" melody. No surprise, Howes best moment is in "Awaken" solos. The Yes kitchen with Alan White and Chris Squire where the dream cuisine for any band! It is difficult to find in rock history a bass player and a drummer that understand each other like them. Pay attention to "Parallels"- at the high volume level please!!- and you will understand what i mean. Their best moment in "Going for the One"? "Awaken"!! "Awaken" is probably the best music in Yes career and maybe in the rock'n roll history. Just try to find the perfection between virtuosism,talent and harmony in the same level of "Awaken" in any other rock music!Like me, you probably will not find it!

"Going for the One" was also a comercial success . As the title said, the album was urged directly to 1st place in UK charts, ironically when the punk movement where in their glory days. Thanks to "Going for the One" Yes was back in the track once again.

Jos Jr. | 5/5 |


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