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90125 (Expanded) Original recording remastered
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|13. It's Over (Bonus Track)|
|14. Owner of a Lonely Heart (Extended Version) (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track)|
|15. Leave It (A Capella Version Bonus Track)|
Their 1983 crossover smash, a #5 LP with the #1 hit Owner of a Lonely Heart . There's also an unissued remix of that tune plus five other bonus tracks.
After breaking up at the dawn of the 1980s, Yes made a surprise comeback with this 1983 effort. This album (named after its catalogue number) featured a retooled band line-up, with guitarist Trevor Rabin and original keyboardist Tony Kaye joining long-time members Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, and Alan White. It also unveiled a newly streamlined sound, courtesy of British avant-pop producer Trevor Horn, who'd briefly replaced frontman Anderson on the pre-break-up album Drama. The new approach made these English prog-rock vets sound contemporary at the height of the MTV explosion, spawning memorably catchy hits like "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "Leave It", and "It Can Happen". --Scott Schinder --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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This Steve Hoffman Audio Fidelity master is typically subtle - not overly bright nor spacious but a depth to the soundstage that I really like. His masters are never "in your face" dramatic and while sound is an acquired taste, his reputation is solidly based on this kind of approach from what I can tell. You can pick out pretty much every instrument and vocal here. Chris Squire's bass playing has always been one of my favorite parts of Yes and the clarity in this recording of his playing is fantastic. For example, his descending note bass playing at the beginning of "It Can Happen" is something I have never noticed like this before, it gave me goosebumps first time I played this version. Hearing new things in music that one knows well is one of the joys of finding an excellent new recording.
I would call this a moderate sonic upgrade (thus the 4 stars) that is worth it if you love this album and have a system that can take advantage of it.
Though they had never sounded like this before!
90125 is not progressive rock. It would sit better next to bands like The Police or The Darkness rather than bands like ELP or Jethro Tull. Stadium rock guitar and big catchy choruses, that's what you'll find here. Production, courtesy of Trevor Horn (who sung for Yes on their album Drama) though very echoey and 1980s, is dense, well mixed and features some then groundbreaking studio tricks, such as the sampled orchestra hit and drum break on the popular "Owner of a Lonely Heart".
Though not progressive, a small trace of what Yes was in the 1970s still lingers in the songs. Who else but Yes could make a pop rock album like this? The cheeky time signature shifts at the start of "Changes", the verbose, baffling lyrics in the bridge of "Hold On", and the mystic, Awaken-esque coda to "Hearts" would probably not be there if this was a Trevor Rabin solo album. The infectious optimism is still there, as is the wide range of instruments on display. There's sitar on "It Can Happen", xylophone on "Changes", and plenty of fascinating synths and samplers throughout.
As an 1980s pop rock album, it's really good.Read more ›
Incidentally, the name Cinema continued to live on - as a title of one of the tracks on the album.
The punchy Owner Of A Lonely Heart opens the disc featuring Rabin's unique guitar riffs, Squire's awesome bass and Anderson's trademark vocals (interesting aside - Anderson came to this project late as the other members were going to call the band Cinema and needed a singer). All the other songs are great and feature vocal harmonies and great playing by all the members of the band. There is really no weak song on the album. The expanded disc also features 2 songs that did not make the disc (recorded by Cinema without Anderson) and another version of It Can Happen recorded by Cinema that are very interesting additions. Just when I thought Yes was dead they roared back to life with this album and started a new era in their career. Again a must buy for all fans of the band.
Listening to this record some 20 years later, it sounds even better now. That fact, in itself, is rare for any record. I think the success of this record was a shock to 80's radio. Nobody expected Yes to put out songs with massive hooks, or songs that stay under the 6 minute mark. This is the band that made a double length record, that's 2 records, with only 4 songs on it. This record is not "Tales From Topographical Oceans". If you prefer that style of Yes, you will probably hate this record. "90125", titled after the Atlantic Records assigned catalog code, is a vast departure from the Yes sound of the 70's. You get catchy classic rock songs, crafted with style and elegance, minus the long, drawn out instrumental segments they implemented in earlier releases. This is a much more accessible Yes; so accessible, in fact, that "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" topped the charts and became the band's first ever number one single.
Former Yes member Steve Howe, who left the band after the previous release "Drama" to form Asia, once stated "When I first heard the 90125 one ... I kind of freaked out and said, 'It's not Yes.'" To this day, Steve Howe will not recognize this record as a Yes album...and will not play the material live.Read more ›
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I think I commented on this one already but I will gladly do it again! I bought the original album back in 83' and it was good, got rid of my records (gggggrrrrr on myself.... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard Lamoureux 'Lambo' (NLVM)
Pardon the title of my review, but honestly, this album is great from beginning to end. There is not one song on it that is not worth listening to again and again. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2005 by B. W. Wilson
Yes hires Trevor Horn to produce, employs songwriter extraordinaire Trevor Rabin to pen some hits, and keeps Jon Anderson at the mic to pierce the skin of 80's "pomp... Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Scott "Dr. Music" Itter
but it's damn good anyway. Three great singles, no clunker tracks, awesome production and excellent bonuses. In many ways, this is their most substantive album. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by R. Holt
I consider Yes' eleventh full-length album--1983's 90125--to be a great piece of work. It is one of my favorite albums in general. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by sauerkraut