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90125

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

2.91 | 1084 ratings

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Guillermo
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3 stars In 1983, there were: Michael Jackson (still with a lot of success with "Thriller"), Quiet Riot, Van Halen, Lionel Richie,Thomas Dolby, The Police, etc. Song videos in many T.V. channels. The "Golden Age of MTV".In this pop music enviroment, Yes reformed, first as a band called "Cinema". The band "Cinema" was formed in 1982, after White and Squire spent sometime rehearsing with Jimmy Page. Squire and White met Trevor Rabin later, and the 3 decided to form a new band. The first choice as keyboard player was Eddie Jobson, but he declined the invitation because he was busy recording a solo album. Squire then called Tony Kaye, who had been playing and recording with a new version of the band Badfinger. Kaye joined the new band, which was called "Cinema". They recorded some demos, mainly with songs by Trevor Rabin. Atlantic/Atco liked the demos. They started to record an album. Squire invited Anderson in 1983, who said "Yes". Anderson contributed vocals and some lyrics to the new songs recorded by "Cinema". The band changed name to YES. They continued recording the album, but Tony Kaye and Trevor Horn (the producer) were not happy working together, so Kaye left the band to play again with Badfinger during the last months of that band`s career. After Kaye left, some keyboard parts were recorded by Rabin and Horn. Jobson is asked again to join, and he joins the band. He didn`t record anything with YES, but he reheased with them and appeared in the video of "Owner of a lonely heart". Kaye rejoins the band, and YES suggest to Jobson to share the keyboards with Kaye, but Jobson is not interested, and leaves the band after staying with them for about 3 months. The album is released in November 1983, with a single of the song "Owner..." and a video which has most of Jobson`s images cut. This album has some good songs, and it is not bad in comparison to other albums released in 1983. Compared to GENESIS`self-titled album of the same year, this "90125" is much better. Yes, this "90125" is commercial, but with quality. Every song has something good. Trevor Rabin`s guitar is very good, and very different in style from Steve Howe`s (in fact, at the start of the band ASIA, Rabin was invited to join the quartet, but after rehearsing with them for one day Rabin declined the invitation). Trevor Rabin have recorded several solo albums before he joined YES. Some of the songs for his then planned new solo album were recorded for "90125" (there is a Rabin`s album called "90124", released last year, I think, with demos of songs which were recorded for "90125"). My favourite songs from this "90125" album are: "Hold on", "It can happen", "Changes" "Cinema", "Our song" and "Hearts" (the best of all). "Hearts" has two very good guitar solos by Rabin and good keyboards by Kaye. "Leave it" has a lot of influence by Trevor Horn`s productions for other artists in the eighties (he is also credited as co-writer of the song), and I don`t like it very much, but it has interesting vocals, and it also had a video with YES`s members singing the song with their heads pointed to the ground.
Guillermo | 3/5 |

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