CAFZ 157 SA
Hybrid Stereo SACD
Yes at their very finest!
"Stephen Marsh and I used the original analog tapes and did a split feed, high def to DSD and to the CD master, both at the same time to insure perfect quality for both sections of the disc. I made sure to capture Rick Wakeman's keyboards in perfect, lifelike quality and I wanted Jon Anderson's vocals to sound as human as possible. The 1977 album was recorded in Montreux and I felt that to capture the sound from that legendary studio was crucial in making the Audio Fidelity version a vast improvement over all other versions. One big improvement you'll notice right away is the full, rich, deep bass on the songs, usually filtered away during mastering on other versions is now presented in realistic sound." — Steve Hoffman, mastering engineer for this SACD at Stephen Marsh Mastering.
The return of Yes at the height of the punk rock movement was a successful one, with Going for the One topping the U.K. Album Chart for one week. It peaked at No. 8 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album spawned two singles; "Wonderous Stories" peaked at No. 7 and "Going for the One" peaked at No. 24 on the U.K. singles chart.
Going for the One marked Rick Wakeman's return to the band and also a return to shorter song forms...after constructing epic tracks for the last few years, Yes felt inspired to scale things back a bit and recorded some of their most direct and concise material since Fragile. In many ways, this disc could be seen as the follow-up to Fragile. Its five tracks still retain mystical, abstract lyrical images, and the music is grand and melodic, the vocal harmonies perfectly balanced by the stinging guitar work of Steve Howe, Wakeman's keyboards, and the solid rhythms of Alan White and Chris Squire.
The title track features Howe on steel guitar. "Turn of the Century" and the album's single, "Wonderous Stories," are lovely ballads the way only Yes can do them. "Parallels" is the album's big, pompous song, so well done that in later years the band opened concerts with it.
Wakeman also varied his sound by using the new polyphonic synthesizer, the Polymoog, and using church pipe organ on "Parallels" and the extended track, "Awaken." Wakeman's stately church organ, recorded at St. Martin's Church, Vevey, Switzerland, sets the tone for this "Roundabout"-ish track. The concluding "Awaken" is the album's nod to the extended suite. Jon Anderson and Squire are dead-on vocally.
Jon Anderson has said of the song "Awaken", "We had a hit record! I loved listening to 'Awaken', at last we had created a Masterwork" and has indicated in some interviews that he considers it to be Yes's most complete composition.
|Going for the One|
|Turn of the Century|