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Time has proven Yes to be the most successful progressive rock band ever. Formed after Jon Anderson and Chris Squire met in a London club, Yes signed to Atlantic in 1969, and that year's self-titled debut LP launched a steady stream of artistically adventurous albums. Following up the '02 release of the 5-CD In A Word: Yes (1969 ), we continue exploring their oceanic catalog with three masterpieces from the '70s & '80s that are fitting testaments to Yes' remarkable staying power.
90125 is newly expanded with over 30 minutes of bonus material, including the Cinema version of "It Can Happen," an extended remix of "Owner Of A Lonely Heart," and the previously unreleased "It's Over."
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.71 x 5.12 x 0.39 inches; 3.46 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Elektra Catalog Group
- Item model number : 2020713
- Original Release Date : 2004
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : January 29, 2007
- Label : Elektra Catalog Group
- ASIN : B00009Z570
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,111 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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By far, the single “Owner of a Lonely Heart” is the most memorable of the tracks on the album that is followed by “Leave It” and “It Can Happen.” Each song had a music video that played in heavy rotation on the music video channel. On the deluxe edition of the album and in addition to the initial album’s list of tracks, listeners have the chance to listen to alternate versions and extra tracks that are not on the original record, “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (extended remix) and “Leave it” in its various mixes (single remix and a cappella version), “It Can Happen” (Cinema Version), and one previously unreleased song “It’s Over.” The most interesting part of listening to the entire album is that one can hear the distinct sound that made Yes that special band quite different from the rest from Jon Andersen’s unique vocals, the keyboards and synths of Tony Kaye and Trevor Rabin, and the rhythm sections from bass guitar extraordinaire Chris Squire and drummer Alan White.
For diehard or curious listeners or those that grew up doing the MTV age or album oriented or top 40 FM radio, this is an album of nostalgia and pure listening enjoyment.
I have several Friday Music pressings (Boston, Kansas Point of Know Return, Kansas Two for the Show) and they are excellent. So I didn't hesitate to spend the $30+ on this release since I love this album. I immediately noticed horrible surface noise, especially in the opening Acapella vocals of Leave It. I put in for a replacement, which I received today, and it is more of the same. The mix isn't any better than my original either.
I hate to say it, but avoid this pressing and find yourself a good original.
Also, they were both shipped from Amazon in a plastic bag. Both covers were damaged with bends and knocked corners. Shame on you, Amazon. I have bought hundreds of dollars of vinyl records over the last several years from Amazon and they have always shipped in proper cardboard packaging. If this is how you are going to start shipping records, I won't be buying from here anymore.
The fact is, this album is brimming with Yes trademarks: creativity, brilliant musicianship, cutting-edge production, and wonderful sunny harmonies.
"Owner of a Lonely Heart" is a snappy, driving single; "Cinema" is a mind-blowing prog instrumental; "Leave It" is an acapella vocal tour-de-force that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. The only weak point is the mid-tempo AOR of "Changes."
This album shines from start to finish. Is it anything like the all-time Yes masterpiece, "Close to the Edge"? Not at all. But it's equally brilliant.
(The bonus tracks on this edition are, unfortunately, weak. "It's Over" merely reaffirms that Trevor Rabin is not a great lead singer, and that it was a wise choice to bring singer Jon Anderson and producer Trevor Horn on board. All other bonus tracks have been previously released, although it's nice to have "Owner of a Lonely Heart (Extended Version)" and "Leave It (A Capella Version)" on CD for the first time.)
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On hearing the initial recordings Jon Anderson was intrigued and enticed into the project solely as the lead voice; Anderson had always been the principal visionary, composer and arranger of Yes' music in the 1970s but took a back seat here. Yes founder-member Tony Kaye, absent from the band since 1971, did much of the keyboard work (the remainder done by Rabin) and Alan White on drums means that this is really a Yes album minus Steve Howe, and with Rabin in the driving seat.
The result? A unique Yes album with a very 1980s feel and some memorable songs. Not only the no. 1 hit single `Owner of a lonely heart' but other songs like `It can happen' and `Leave it' are lively, upbeat and full of energy, a real departure from the classic Yes compositionally but nevertheless recognizably embodying the `Yes Sound'. The instrumental `Cinema' was deservedly Grammy-nominated, though it didn't win.
Production values (thanks to Trevor Horn) are top-notch and the Rhino remaster in particular is absolutely terrific, a joy to listen to with all the instruments clear and sharp and with excellent dynamics.
`90125' is proof positive that a band like Yes can completely re-invent itself in a good way, retaining its virtuoso musicianship and masterfully tight arrangements whilst embracing a new era to win over a new audience. If you liked Yes in the 1970s, or even more if you didn't like them - give `90125' a listen: either way, you'll likely be pleasantly surprised, and might even be won over.
It is with sadness that I will not be purchasing anymore CDs from a favourite band of mine.
THE BOOKLET (16 pages). Always loved the cover - so modern, clean and sharp (still one of my favs covers by anyone). In this edition the cover, spine and inner sleeve have tried to have been recreated to the best. The inner sleeve is a straight copy but not shrunk. The lyrics are on same green colour, and type fonts and spread over 7 pages. There is also an essay of how 90125 came about. There are a few black & White photos.
THE MUSIC. Clean and sharp - but what was so modern then is so dated now AND THAT IS THE POINT: will YOU like it? For me basically the album is "Pop/rock", not prog. It sounds very '80s. But listening to Radio 2 often, what are the 2 most played Yes songs? Wonderous Stories & Owner of a lonely heart. If you are familiar with 90125 but not the bonus tracks don't worry most of the 6 are good.
THE LINE-UP. JON ANDERSON / TREVOR RABIN / ALAN WHITE / TONY KAYE / and of course CHRIS SQUIRE. But the sound was crafted by producer, TREVOR HORN.
ME. I was already into The Floyd, but disappointed but the lack of music on "The Final Cut" (1983 also). When I heard "Owner..." well I had to know more. I had the LP for Xmas 1983. I have never tired of this LP but was satisfied enough with the original cd sound and owning "YesYears" since its release in 1991, with 2 of the bonus tracks here. But as of yesterday I now own this Remastered and Expanded edition and having only paid £3, well. I slowly bought other Yes - (in order (I think)) 1. THE YES ALBUM 2. GOING FOR THE ONE, 3. CLOSE TO THE EDGE and then the 2 years before ABWH all of their lps. The big surprise for me is when it came to BIG GENERATOR, which sounds similar to 90125 in production styling, I got bored after a few years of Big Generator. Perhaps the 3 year gap was too long and by that time I had discovered the '70s Yes?
SOMETHING SIMILAR. only to mention the stunning (I remember BBC1 broadcasting it years before VHS and loving) 9012LIVE concert. The cd and dvd: 9012 LIVE- THE SOLOS/ Expanded 9012 Live  [DVD ]
USELESS TRIVIA. I only knew "Owner.." but still remember Mike Reed announcing a Yes competition on Saturday Superstore (which ran from 1982-7) and telling us, the kids, that you should go and call your dad into the room as this comp would probably be more interesting to him - not in our house. I didn't win... but I didn't enter either!