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- A masterpiece!!!!!
I've been a fan of YES since 1971, and when they broke up in 1981 (just after the DRAMA tour), I was shocked. Thankfully they re-grouped in late 82 and put out 90125. The energy and zeel new-comer Trevor Rabin brought to the band made them bigger (and actually listenable) than they ever had been previously. Tony Kaye (YES's original piano-man) also came back and this disc went on to top both the sales charts and the critics (who in the past derided YES's excessiveness) favorite's list. This was not the YES of old: the songs were (thanks to producer Trevor Horn) tight and spunky. Looking past "Owner"-the hit, every song on this disc is great and listenable. My favs are: "Hold On", "City of Love", and "Hearts". This remstered disc brings in some of the tracks the band recorded before Jon Anderson re-joined, and the gem of the bunch is the original version of "It Can Happen", with Chris Squire on vocals. As I said, its just a plain and simple excellent album!...more info
- Yes with Trevor Rabin is the best Yes
I have to admit, this is probably my favorite Yes album. However, i like Yes with Trevor Rabin better then with Howe anyway. I've commented on this before with my review of Big Generator. Although Howe is a great guitarist, Rabin is much more dynamic and creative, especially for a Prog Rock band. Howe's sound was always thin and just to classical for me.
On to the album review. 90125, by itself, with the original song listing is a five star for me. I bought this version because I needed to replace my old worn out LP and lost CD. I thought I was going to get some good bonuses with the extending track listing. Man, was I wrong. For starters, The Cinema version "It Can Happen," definately sounds like a demo version with Chris Squire doing the vocals. The lyrics are just plain amature. The previoulsy unreleased tracks are plain boring and sounds like they should have been left on Rabin's editing floor, or just left in the vault. I can see why they were left off. The acapella version of "Leave It" is cool, if you want to just hear the vocal tracks and see how great these guys sound vocally with about 16 vocal tracks laid down and the layering of reverb.
But the worst of all, the extended version of "Owner of a Lonely Heart!" I mean, really, who's idea was this? It is HORRIBLE! It sounds like cheap 80's new wave Thompson Twins/Thomas Dolby wannabe rip-off. If this was Rabin's or Anderson's idea, they should be bitch slapped just for even thinking it would be a good idea. It is so un-Yes that it demeans their value.
As for the "actual" product itself, it is flawless. I bought the Mp3 download version at 256b, and the sound quality is beautiful. I have to admit though, I do own a REALLY nice computer sound system, so your milage may very. i'm using the Logitech 500-watt THX certified 5.1 system, with a top of the line SoundBlaster and the sound is crystal clear.
I do recommend this version, ONLY because it was remastered, NOT because of the extra tracks....more info
- REMASTER terrific, Bonus Tracks weak at best
Picking this up was a no brainer. It's a classic in the catalogue of great 80s CD albums, largely due to the intervention of the TREVORs - Rabin and Horn. Producer extraordinaire Horn knows how to produce - pure and simple!!!!!!!
Classic YES fans were arguably sick, while ABC and Frankie fans rejoiced. Finally, the much needed REMASTER. It sounds fantastic. I gave my original away, that weak analogue recording was atrocious. The Bonus tracks are just that, an added bonus, but truthfully, they all pretty much stink. Trust me, I was surprised. Here's how they play out.
1. LEAVE IT [SINGLE REMIX]- I'm not really sure if there is a difference between this and the album cut. Not sure why it's here.
2. MAKE IT EASY & IT'S OVER- they just don't come close to the album tracks. Weak b-sides.
3. IT CAN HAPPEN [CINEMA VERSION]- mildly interesting, but the original is clearly the keeper.
4. OWNER OF A LONELY HEART [EXTENDED]- this is basically an instrumental and it has HORN's trademark style all over it. It sounds like it was run throught the ART OF NOISE machine. Think CLOSE TO THE EDIT.
5. LEAVE IT [ACAPELLA]- too much acapella! The original is the perfect mix.
All in all, the bonus tracks don't stack up to repeat listening and I made a CD for myself of YES/ ANDERSON material the other day and not one of those tracks made the 80 minute CD-R.
BUT, the CD is worth the purchase simply for th REMASTER of the album....more info
- A classic that went "pop"; a must own.
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 pop". With all the elements in place, Yes adapted their sound without sacrificing themselves artistically, and made one of the best classic rock albums in history.
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. The hired "young gun" Trevor Rabin said of "90125", "If I knew it was going to turn into a Yes album I would have done things a bit differently, more from my orchestral point of view." You see, with Yes temporarily disbanded and the passing thought of the XYZ (ex-Yes, ex-Zeppelin members) project going bad, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White joined with Rabin and finished writing the material. When it was totally complete, Squire played his new material for former bandmate Jon Anderson. Anderson loved what he heard, was hired to sing, and the rest is rock history.
With classic rock radio staples such as "Owner Of A Lonely Heart", It Can Happen", and "Leave It"; this is a super record, chock full of great radio hits, and powerful rhythms from some extraordinary musicians. In 1983, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" went to number 1, and the record reached number 5 on the U.S. chart. In early '84 "Leave It" made its way to number 24, with "It Can Happen" rising to number 51 shortly after that. All of the other songs on this record, are just as strong as those few. Say "Yes" to owning this record!
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- Yes gets its groove on!
Yes' comeback with "90125" was totally unexpected by anyone. Most fans thought the band was dead after the failure of "Drama" in 1980. But the Yes machine roared back to life with a brilliant new sound in 1983, surprising everyone. The album has a super-slick and polished production, digital samples and drums all over the place (the samples for "Owner of A Lonely Heart" were taken from a Duke Ellington recording!) with tightly written songs loaded with pop hooks. Many older fans had a "WTF?" moment when they heard "Owner of a Lonely Heart" blasting through their radios.
"90125" was one of the most radical reinventions of any band in rock music history. Many of Yes' older fans who worshiped Yes 70's sidelong Prog-Rock excursions couldn't and still cant stand this album, which is a shame. Some people have locked Yes into a 70's time zone in their mind.
But a new generation of fans who grew up on FM radio were introduced to Yes for the first time and became longtime fans via this album and the group's videos on MTV. I remember hanging out at a record store in 1983 and two African-American girls came in and bought the album - that would have NEVER happen in the 1970's.
The best Yes albums have alway been about musical innovation and taking chances. The music world was very different in 1983 than it was in 1972 and recording a album with the production style of "Fragile" would have never sold in that era. Weither you loved or hated Trevor Rabin's and Trevor Horn's contributions to "90125", you have to give them credit for reviving Yes' success and giving the bands best trademarks a fresh modernized sound and production for its time. Many of these new sounds would last long into the group's later recordings without them. (When the post Atlantic/Atco-era Yes wanted a AOR radio hit...guess what album they looked to?)
And if you got to see Yes during the 90125 concert tour this version of the band simply ROCKED on stage and looked like they were having fun finally cutting loose from the old too serious prog-rock conventions of the 70's.
As for Rhino's version of the CD, its a huge improvement over the old Atco CD. CD remastering has come a LONG way from the mid 80's - the album almost sounds like a hiss-free digital recording. The liner notes are informative for new fans (though most longtime fans already know the story) and the bonus cuts are interesting. The Cinema tracks show a band in clearly in need of focus and a good frontman (which Jon Anderson would provide). The single edits and dance mixes are a lot of fun too, though they go on too long for serious sit-down listening....more info
- Enter Trevir Rabin... and a new sound for YES in the 80's
THE BAND: Jon Anderson (vocals), Trevor Rabin (guitar, keyboards), Chris Squire (bass), Tony Kaye (keyboards), Alan White (drums & percussion).
THE DISC: (1983) Originally 9 tracks clocking in at approximately 45 minutes, this new (2004) digitally remastered edition has 6 bonus tracks bringing the total listen to just over 77 total minutes. Included with the disc is a 15-page booklet containing song titles/credits, song lyrics, numerous band photos and a 6-page intro regarding "90125" and how the album came together. The title of the album refers to its original Atlantic/Atco Records catalogue number. This is the band's 11th album. Recorded at Sarm Studios, London. Originally released on Elektra/Atco's label, this new 2004 edition released by Rhino.
COMMENTS: After "Drama" (1980) fell on deaf ears, Yes was all but disbanded. Enter guitarist Trevor Rabin. Also enter ex-Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye (replaced by Rick Wakeman in 1971 due to management and creative differences). The sound on "90125" was easily more rock and pop than progressive. I loved this album when it first came out. The sound was so amazingly fresh, yet so familiar. A distinct new sound for the 80's with Anderson's trademark vocals. Also different was the album cover - no Roger Dean landscape. "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" would be the band's only #1 charting Billboard hit. The album itself would reach #5 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart (surprisingly only #16 in their own U.K.) on the strength of other hits - "It Can Happen", "Leave It", "Changes", and "Hold On". "90125" is Yes' best selling album by far. Rabin, not wanting to be known as Steve Howe's replacement, wanted to put his own signature sound on the album. His guitar work is brilliant here - rock, pop and always in rhythm... not to mention some shredding solos. The non-hits are very listenable - the live track "Cinema" is a wonderful trademark Yes instrumental that highlights Alan White's drum skills; "Our Song" is melodic and uplifting; "City Of Love" is a slow and heavy methodical mover; and "Hearts" is more or less a 7+ minute rock ballad. An incredibly strong album with no filler. With that being said however, I feel the bonus tracks take away from the original album experience. I've listened to the bonus tracks a few times - and at this point I don't care if I ever hear them again. The unreleased tracks ("It's Over" and "Make It Easy") are filler at best... and perhaps this is why they haven't been released up until this point. The extended 7-minute disco remix of "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" is absolute Hell to get through - and it's the 2nd longest track on the disc. By itself, the nine tracks making up "90125" rate an easy 5-stars. But for me, the bonus tracks seem to muddy the brilliance of such a great album.
- Yes, I Love This Album
I remember it well, 1983, the year 90125 hit store shelves. I was there to pick it up the day it was released. At the time there was no bigger Yes fan than myself. In addition to owning all of their albums, I owned every solo album released by the various members of Yes, I owned many bootlegs, I owned everything I could find in print, and Yes was on my record player (yeah, the days of record players and cassette tapes, remember that?) constantly. This was also the year MTV actually played real music, not the garbage that passes for music these days. While I thought the Owner of a Lonely Heart video at the time was a bit strange, I now realize those were the golden days of music video, and a song like Owner of a Lonely Heart would never be played in today's day and age of boy bands, girl bands, neu metal, "gangsta rap," and other assorted garbage that someone actually considers music.
The album is 16 years old, and if you haven't heard it by now what are you waiting for. Truly the last great Yes album. I liked Big Generator, but I don't consider it a Yes classic the way I do 90125. What an amazing concert the 90125 tour was too. I saw them at Madison Square Garden, and the show was in the round, and it was absolutely incredible. Trevor Rabin did justice to the wonderful guitar work of Steve Howe, playing older Yes songs faithfully. I believe the encore was Starship Trooper and it brought the house down!...more info
- (3.5 stars) Not quite classic Yes, but pretty close
Hm, not bad at all. Anderson was back, along with founding keyboardist Tony Kaye (best known as "the guy who got the boot when Rick Wakeman decided to join the part) for reasons I probably will never be able to grasp. The result was a pop album, and a pretty good one, too. Not an exceptional one, but pretty good, and packed with radio hits. Four, to be exact: the catchy, well-harmonized metal riff-fest "Owner of a Lonely Heart"; "Hold On", with fine guitar from newcomer Trevor Rabin; and "Changes", which is the one of the best cheesy '80s pop songs I've ever heard. It's very derivative of the Police's Synchronity sound, but it's catchy and has a cool guitar/keyboard riff. So no complaints about it! I also like "It Can Happen", a hard rocker with a sitar! No, really, sitar! Oh, those crazy Yes lunatics. Who knows what they'll think of next? For one, they'll eschew their signature sound completely. Ain't no prog here! Okay, maybe on the crashing instrumental "Cinema", but that song blows in the first place and sucks in the second. Well, at least it's only two minutes. And some of the non-hits on side two are tops as well, like the danceable "Leave It", with complex harmonies. I'm gonna have to complain about a few songs: "Our Song" is awkward, clumsy arena-rock; "City of Love" has an annoying sound-effect introduction before dissolving into clunky new wave; "Hearts" rambles on with no clear purpose. This isn't Close to the Edge; Fragile or Relayer, but it's a very solid '80s pop album just the same....more info
- Yes Please
I have to admitt, i was very disappointed at first with this band in general, i myself being a fan of harder rock, and classics like pink floyd, i read that pink floyd was considered prog rock, so i was told that yes were also amazing prog rockers, i personally found this soft. I may be a total moron for thinking this without realizing thats what prog rock is. But the music is still great, im not a fan of the vocals, but the lyrics are great and deep, and the guitar work is awesome, there seems to to be a lack of powerful drums, but all in all great music work. i recomend this cd...more info
- It's not 70's Yes...
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. Plus, it's got a beat! :)...more info
- The album that redefined YES
I'm one of those people who didn't know who Yes was before 90125. I'm an 80's fan, I tried listening to their earlier work and was very disappointed. Every song on this Cd rocks from begining to end, simply put. I also loved the follow up album 'Big Generator'. Both albums are masterful AOR albums. ...more info
i have the vhs version of yes 90215 live in edmunton.....everything is great...all the great songs (the 80s) are on it....
of course there should have been more shots of trevor but...
where is the dvd?
- Love the album
I am not a huge YES fan, but I'm a huge fan of this album. The main reason I purchased the CD was to get the hard to find acapella version of "Leave It". I probably would have paid the price of the CD just to obtain it, but of course there are many other great tracks including the song/video that would launch YES into 80s pop stardom - "Owner of a Lonely Heart". There are a couple of good remix tracks of this song, and overall the album is great 80s rock/pop music....more info
- Great classic rock
I love this CD. I remember when it came out while I was in Jr High school and I wore out about 3 copies on cassette before I finally got a CD player. Trevor Rabin really brought a new edge to an old band that seemed to be fading away at the time. Every song on this CD is strong with Trevor singing Changes as my favorite. If you enjoy really good classic rock with great vocals and guitars then this CD is for you. I picked up the remastered version with the bonus songs and though they are also good to listen to they dont add a whole lot but the original is good enough to stand on its own anyway so the bonus tracks are just that, just a nice added bonus. Its to bad that this specific line up of Yes didnt last for more than 3 CDs. ...more info
- 90125 + bonus tracks
I will try not to say too much that's been said already. Anyway, 90125 was a new sound for Yes, with a definite "pop" basis, yet the songs are still complex and well-structured. Producer Trevor Horn makes things even more interesting than they already would have been. Jon Anderson arguably sounds better singing this kind of material than Yes' "classic" pieces.
For me the only somewhat weak spots in this otherwise excellent album are:
"Cinema" - A forgettable instrumental that is fortunately brief.
"City Of Love" - A so-so song, but interesting for how Jon Anderson breaks out of his same-tone-of-voice-as-always.
"Hearts" - A good song, but sounds to me like a 4-minute idea that's been stretched out to 7.
As for the bonus tracks on the remaster:
- There is both a "single mix" and an "a capella mix" of "Leave It." Neither is really needed; the latter is more interesting, but the rhythm has been broken up to avoid empty spots between sung lines.
- Three songs from before Jon Anderson got involved in the project (and the band was still going to be called "Cinema"). Two are Rabin numbers that are OK but not essential. The third is an interesting pre-Anderson version of "It Can Happen" (mistakenly still co-credited to Anderson), sung by Chris Squire. (Before hearing this I never realized that Chris does some lead vocals on the final version -- perhaps his only lead vocals with Yes?)
- The "extended remix" of "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." Now, I always thought that '80s "extended remixes" existed partly to show how stupid an otherwise good song could be made to sound. Well, this track takes that to the extreme. This is NOT an extended remix of the actual song. Rather, it consists of one brief riff from the song (played on some dumb-sounding "vocal" keyboard setting) repeated for 7 minutes straight, while annoying (and often out-of-rhythm) sound effects play over it. Pure crap!
I can heartily recommend 90125. Whether you want to get the version with the extra tracks is up to you, but I can say with confidence that no more than 4 of the 6 are worth checking out.
- Yes well it may be diffrent but you still got to love it.
I like this album so much I actually have 2 copies of it. I think i actually might have listened the 1st one to much it skips on track 4. Which kinda of funny because the song kinda sounds like it skipping.
From track 1 to the 9th track their all good in they own way. I have the older versions with out the bonus tacks but that doesn't bother me. At some point I may get a 3rd copy to have the bonus tracks. Like the other reviews here say it rocks. My only beef is it not long enough. ...more info
All the great hits plus extra tracks. Not crazy about some of the remakes, but since the originals are still included it is ok. Besides, the new tracks could appeal to a different listener. ...more info
- Perfect album, great for introduction to new YES listeners...
If I had to pick a single starter album to introduce YES to my teenagers, I think I would choose this one. Great album all the way thru! It has tremendous YES qualities and stands its ground... ...more info
- Yes' Most Inspirational CD
90125 is Yes' most inspirational CD, and that's because you can actually understand what they're singing about, as opposed to their so-called prime-period albums, where for every song that has inspired me to do what's necessary to look good for a number of pretty actresses, there's one that's totally incomprehensible without the aid of B-vitamins and omega-3 oils. However, on this one, they have a simplifying influence: Trevor Rabin. Rabin plays great hard-rock lead guitar that brings the influences of Clapton, Beck, Page, Walsh, and Todd Rundgren into a more new-wave context. Rabin himself sings the best song, "Changes", a narrative about how we grow apart from our past, that inspired me to realize that it's normal to want to look good for young women by skipping food-related reunions at my old school, especially since with adults, age doesn't really matter. "Leave It", on the other hand, is a life-on-the-road song, which, although very good, hasn't aged as well as "Changes" or "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." The bandmembers' opposition to Indonesia's trumped-up 2005 drug-smuggling conviction of a young Australian tourist makes 90125 an essential purchase for both your ears AND your conscience....more info
- No Topographic Oceans, but still quite listenable....
I did like this album a bit, though I don't play it much anymore. It's still Yes to me, even though originally it wasn't supposed to be. Anderson left Yes in 1980, and the band kind of dissolved after the Drama album (with Trevor Horn on vocals). Squire, Kaye, White, and Rabin were going to form a band called Cinema, but then Anderson heard their new stuff and liked it, so he sang lead on it, and then they realised it had to be a Yes album. It rankled Trevor a bit, as he didn't join Yes and he knew he would be compared to Steve Howe. So when this album came out, many Yes fans were pissed off because they felt Rabin had changed the sound, which really wasn't true.
Regardless, the final album is what counts, and it's pretty good. I like most of the songs here, and I really like the vocal arrangements (something Yes did extremely well) here. The intricate vocals on Hold On and Leave It are really good examples of it. Owner of a Lonely Heart is a good track, and the album is well done. There are no epic songs (a shame), but still it isn't complete crap as some have said. ...more info
- Nearly perfect POP ROCK
Modernized "YES" is here.That is the band has revitalized again.Normally that kind of things cannot happen again.There is always only one peak within the band.The miracle truly happened.TREVOR HORN played an important role in making this old fashioned band super modern POP ROCK BAND.The songs are compact and catchy.The hooks are definitely clear.Without TREVOR HORN ,this album had not been so successful.The key men were TREVOR HORN and TREVOR RABIN.Other YES members owe much to two TREVORS.No band can have two peaks.This is miraculous....more info
- Good, in its own way
This will never be my favorite Yes album simply because this was never my favorite incarnation of or music by the band. That said, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart," "Leave It" and "It Can happen" make this one worthwhile to me, much the way that "Love Will Find A Way" makes BIG GENERATOR worthwhile. But since I can get all of those songs on iTunes, I'd rather do that and save my shekels for remastered copies of RELAYER or FRAGILE instead. ...more info