YES - CD
THE ONE FOR ALL

LABEL:
Sirene-115
SOURCE:
Scandinavium, G°teborg, Sweden - November 12th, 1977
FORMAT:
2CD + 1DVDR NTSC all region
RUNNING TIME:
59:15, 51:03 + approx. 120 minutes
SOUND/SOURCE:
audience
PACKAGING:
double slimline jewel case
 

Sirene-115 - front

Sirene-115 - back


SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 10

 
TRACK LIST:

Disc 1:  Firebird Suite, Parallels, I've Seen All Good People, Close To The Edge, Wonderous Stories, Colours Of The Rainbow, Turn Of The Century, And You And I

Disc 2:  mc, Going For The One, Flight Jam, Awaken, Roundabout, Yours Is No Disgrace

Bonus DVDR, Yes  - Going For The One Sessions: Jam Session #1, Awaken #1, Steve Howe solo #1, Rick Wakeman solo, Turn Of The Century #1, Awaken #2, Turn Of The Century #2, tour details, Parallels #1, Chris & Steve Jam, Going For The One #1, Vevey / Jon & Rick solo, jam session #2, Steve Howe solo #2, improvisation, Wonderous Stories, Going For The One #2, Awaken #3, technical work / Awaken #4, Awaken #5, Parallels #2

 
REVIEW:

The Going For The One era is most known for the (first) return of Rick Wakeman back into the fold.  It was a time where they seemed weary of the aggressive jazz-fusion they were playing and a desire to return to play music that was a bit more accessable.  After recording the LP they embarked on a long world tour beginning in West Virginia that would last until December.  The One For All is their only stop in Sweden and comes from an excellent stereo audience recording.  It was previously released as S wan Lake Stories on Highland (HL354/355) but it sounds as if Sirene got hold of a better generation tape.  This sounds much more expansive and powerful than Highland.  There are many great recordings from this tour and this is among the very best.  What makes this tour different from all the others is the complete absence of solo show cases and individual demonstrations of virtuosity.  The arrangements and performances are virtually egoless. 

Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman present some Yes humor before "Going For The One" where Wakeman comes to close to playing a solo.  " We've called upon a gentleman who has been practicing for at least five minutes for this next piece of music he'll play for you"  Jon Anderson says.  "He's gonna play 'Rachmoninov's concerto' The last four bars of 'Rachmoninov's concerto, piano concerto #1 in F# minor'. Mr. Rick Wakeman. As I said, he's gonna play for you the last four bars of 'Rachmoninov's piano concerto in E'....He does know a little bit of Prokeviev as well, but he's keeping it to himself. These jokes won't go down in England, never mind Sweden."  The newer songs sound excellent all around with "Wonderous Stories" and "Turn Of The Century" being very meditative.  The highlight of the tour is the set closer "Awaken", one of Yes' greatest epics.  Since the recording is very detailed the dynamics are very well captured and the song sounds immense, recalling the soaring skyscrapers on the cover of the Going For The One LP.  The versions of "Yours Is No Disgrace", played as the second encore as time allowed are also fun with extended solos by Howe playing off of Wakeman's flighty synthesizers.     

The One For All comes with a bonus dvdr presenting the two hour video tape of the band recording Going For The One.  Sirene use a high generation copy that is fuzzy but adequately captures the sessions.  The highlights include Wakeman doing his best Monty Python imitations and Chris Squire jaming with Alan White on a basic form of the later "Whitefish".  Chris and Steve jam together on some Bob Dylan tunes, "Positively 4th Street" and "Knockin' On Heaven's Door".  Looking at the song book provides Steve Howe with a real Spinal Tap moment when he can't find it until he realizes knocking begins with the letter K.  It is interesting to watch the band lay down backing percussion to "Awaken" with hand claps and various leather instruments.  Another revealing moment is watching Jon and Rick record "Vevey" at the church.  Jon doesn't appear much but when he does he's usually with Wakeman.  Although getting the Sweden concert is incentive enough the dvdr is a nice addition and makes this title all the more worth getting. 


This is an excellent document of the GFTO period in YES's illustrious career! I personally own 75+ YES concerts on original silver, and this is certainly one of the best! I highly recommend this to the YES collector, or anyone looking to aquire a nice show from the period. The DVD is also a must, getting the opportunity to go behind the scenes and into one of their rehearsal/recording sessions is, quite simply, facinating!!
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