Post-Beerfest Vinyl (Part 2)

How amazing is it that after 4 hours of drinking beer and …

… we’re still up and enjoying ourselves and not crashes like the old fogies we feel we are?



Anyway, next up on the “Post-Beerfest Vinyl” celebration this afternoon, is another recent Goodwill Hunting record, the ‘Going For the One‘ album by Yes.


This is perhaps the most overlooked item in the bands catalog, meaning, for ¢75 I’m not going to pass it up at any Salvation Army – anywhere.

Total score!

It marked Rick Wakeman‘s return to the band after a three-year absence, and also a return to shorter song forms after the experimentalism of ‘Close to the Edge‘, ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans‘, and ‘Relayer‘.

In many ways, this disc could be seen as the follow-up to ‘Fragile’. It’s 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 (he’s the only Prog rocker who bothers with the instrument). ‘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’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. Again, the lyrics are spacy in the extreme, but Jon Anderson and Squire are dead-on vocally, and the addition of Anderson’s harp and White’s tuned percussion round out this evocative track.

Whatever, it’s just more good shit to pass a relaxing afternoon post-Beerfest with the wife, and whatever convenient snack which happens to be both plentiful and within arms reach.

(In this case, *hopefully*, it’ll be homemade quesadilla’s)

About crazytigerrabbitman

I am a fat guy and always will be in the same way they say that “once an alcoholic; always an alcoholic”. Eventually I got upset about my poor health and ballooning body frame so I decided to change things for the better. Some people sign up for Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or whatever fad diet program it is that happens to be occupying the majority of air time on the boob tube. Other people prefer to run out and purchase the latest, fold away, piece of shit being hawked by some celebrity has-been. Me? I decided to take up triathlon. I had abused my body over the years with bacon cheeseburgers, pints of beer and double-dipped donuts, and the time had now come to abuse my body with physical exertion, perseverance and hard work instead; penitence in it's purest form. The time had come to kick my ass. I am Terry Nash and I am the “fat and the furious”.
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