the Breathless that makes for good stuff. It made its debut in “Time and a Word ” when they did Steve Stills’ “Everydays” the way it should have been done, adding a gloss of suburban dreaminess that worked incredibly well. These periodic spurts of genius have usually alternated with the baser instinct for clever pastiche; listen to the Richie Havens/Elmer Bernstein in “No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed” in which they intersperse snatches of theme music from the film The Big Country. Indeed.
Then came the Yes album, the ascent of Rick Wakeman, “Fragile” and “Closer to the Edge,” and an almost-sudden and complete adulatory following by whole batteries of young people whose minds tended to wander, usually in search of heroes who were purported to dwell somewhere out in the Magellanic clouds. Then Tales of Topographic Oceans, their most ponderous
and ambitious statement and the cause for El Wakeman’s retirement from Yes ranks. Patrick Moraz, bailing out of the barely airborne Refugee (a band with which he fit into with much greater facility), and the subsequent and indifferent “Relayer” (indifferently produced, indifferently received), and the two year run-off of solo-projects and that often euphemistic term, hiatus.
Fanfare. The return of the progigal keyboardplayer, that confirmed omnivore Mssr. Wakeman. Here we are in the years, Going For The One.
Where does Pastiche end and true Romance begin? With Going For The One, Yes comes closer, as a unified entity, to transcending that conflict between the reality of an experience and the attempt at accurately conveying it in a way that successfully captures it in stop-action, for closer and repeated examination.
While the title track tends to reaffirm the high-energy stance of yesterdays that made numbers like “Starship Trooper” and “Roundabout” such heartstoppers, part
of that total statement that they have almost suceeded in making, “Turn of the Century,” the second cut, stands out as a self-contained masterpiece.
Like leave we touched, we danced We once knew the story
As Autumn called and we both
Remembered all those many years ago © 1977 Topographic Music