Going for the One

Title Going for the One
Artist Yes
Type Studio

Track list

  1. Going for the One 5:32
  2. Turn of the Century 7:55
  3. Parallels 5:58
  4. Wonderous Stories 3:50
  5. Awaken 15:38


  • Alan White – Drums, and Percussion
  • Chris Squire – Bass Guitar, and Backing Vocals
  • Jon Anderson – Vocals, Percussion, and Harp
  • Rick Wakeman – Piano, Organ, Polymoog Synthesizer, Minimoog Synthesizer, and Church Organ
  • Steve Howe – Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, Spanish Laúd, Lap Steel Guitar, and Backing Vocals

About the album

Going for the One is the eighth studio album by Yes, and was released in 1977. It was produced after a brief hiatus where each member of the band released a solo album, and also features Rick Wakeman on keyboards for the first time since 1974.

The album reached #1 in the UK chart, where it stayed for one week, and peaked at #8 on the US Billboard 200. It also spawned two singles, Wonderous Stories which reached #7, and Going for the One, which peaked at #24 in the UK Singles chart.

Following the previous few albums, which all featured epic tracks, the band felt it was time to produce more concise music like they did with their Fragile album of 1971. To this end, the longest track on the album is under 16 minutes, with most other tracks coming in around 4–7 minutes.

The album has a different sound from previous albums recorded by this lineup, with Wakeman choosing to use the new (at the time) Polymoog synthesizer and a church organ, as opposed to the staple of Mellotron, RMI Electra Piano and Hammond organ, which featured heavily in the Yes sound of prior years. The track Parallels was originally intended for Chris Squire’s solo album Fish Out of Water, however, it was left out due to time constraints and the sense it didn’t fit in with the style of the solo album, but it fits in perfectly on Going for the One. Jon Anderson remarked of Awaken, “We had a hit record! I loved listening to ‘Awaken’, at last we had created a Masterwork,” and also stated that he considers it to be the most complete composition that Yes has produced.

The cover for Going for the One is the first to not feature Roger Dean since 1971’s The Yes Album, with the band commissioning Hipgnosis who are best known for their work with Pink Floyd. The album cover features a naked man facing the Century Plaza Towers in Los Angeles, as well as the Yes logo designed by Dean.

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