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Greatest Albums Of The 70s: 58-49

From Yes to Rainbow, our 70s countdown continues...

Our Greatest Albums Of The 70s, from 58 to 49.

58) GOING FOR THE ONE – Yes (Atlantic, 1977)

Received wisdom advocates that Yes’s golden age lasted up to 1972’s Close To The Edge, after which they forgot how to write songs until 1983’s Owner Of A Lonely Heart. In fact, Yes rediscovered their songwriting stimulus on Going For The One, an album of bookish prog rock with proper tunes. The title track almost bordered on conventional rock’n’roll, the epic Awaken balanced singer Jon Anderson’s prayer for spiritual enlightenment with a captivating melody, and it all came packaged in a punk rock-defying triple gatefold sleeve. Still the best Yes album nobody talks about.

What they said at the time: “One great track and four interesting ones. I hope they’re itching to get back into the studio and feed the inspiration.” Sounds


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