Going For the OneSaturday, February 2, 2013
This was a great album by Yes that never got the attention it deserved. I was 13 when it came out, and I bought it for (1) my musical interest in Yes, and (2) the cover graphics. I thought the cover was cool. This album marked the return of Rick Wakeman to the band.
Back in the days of cardboard sleeves (or paper sleeves on 45s), yes, we sometimes bought records for their appearance. Buying an album was almost as much about the art as the music. The first song on the album, “Going for the One,” is my favorite Yes song. “Wonderous Stories” was the big hit off the album, but “Going for the One” also dinged the Billboard chart. When you listen to this song, it appears to have no particular rhythm in mind.
Yes was considered to be progressive rock, and this term can mean different things to different people. In classical music, some of the greatest composers were so magnificent because they ignored the rules of the classical style (the standard composer formula): Hector Berlioz, Claude Debussy (who flunked composition at the Paris conservatory), Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, Richard Wagner, and Franz Liszt immediately come to mind as classical composers who were deemed “progressive.” All of these composers, and many more, had a huge influence on genres outside of classical.
Here’s a nice write-up on Yes, the band of “where classical meets rock.”
When most people think of classical music and rock intermingling, they think of Emerson, Lake & Palmer performing classical music with their keyboards, bass and drums. Or they think of classical instruments incorporated in rock tunes, in the early recordings of the Electric Light Orchestra or the late recordings of the Beatles. Classical music certainly can be called an influence on the work of Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull and Sting. But if there is one band that composed classical music for rock band, it was Yes.