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Trevor Rabin


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1 stars Why this???

Trevor Rabin is an excellent multi-instrumentist, known mainly for his guitar work with the YES, but is also an excellent pianist as can be heard on his Jacaranda, that's a very good album.

So why? Why taking the risk of jeopardizing a honest solo career releasing an album of demos of a quality so bad that I could re-record it at home?

The first minute of "Hold On" is already enough. I have heard David Gilmour singing la-la-la on a demo version of Comfortably Numb, as well as the Roger Waters's first demo of Money...qat least they sung tuned. Trevor tries to reach the high notes of Jon Anderson, and he doesn't succeed. "Changes" is a little better, at least it sounds close enough to the version on 90125 even if the chorus is different. It was likely at a more advanced stage of development.

"Moving In" ended to become "Hold On", but the chorus sounds like an American longhair rock band. Partially Interesting as a curiosity.

The it comes "Would You Feel My Love". I don't know if it was written for 90125. Luckily, for what I know, it remained unreleased.

At some point, Rabin remembers his Sout-African roots and "Where Will You Be" features "afro" percussion. In some ways it reminds to some of Jon's solo works. There's a similar track on Olias of Sunhillow, too.

Another acoustic and unnecessary demo. "Owner Of A Lonely Tonsil" I'd say.

"Walls" is a proper song. At least one. Not a masterpiece for sure, very 80s but at least it's a complete song. It sounds like the soundtrack of an American teens movie, and sad to say, it's one of the best things that can be found on this album.

One minute of Mussorsky's Promenade? After a full live album by Emerson Lake and Palmer 30 years before? Let's go ahead...

From Big Generator, "Love Will Find A Way" misses Jon's voice, but at least is not too different from the known version.

Rick Wakeman nicknamed "Onion" the album where "Miracle Of Life" is taken from. Not a bad song, and I don't dislike the album. One of the listenable songs, but not more than a curiosity for who already knows it.

The album is (finally) closed by a version of Cinema very different from the final version appeared on 90125. It ends to be the best track of the whole album as it's a completely different song.

So why??? Why should one purchase an album like this? Would anybody download it if it was a Bandcamp's "name your price"?

Don't be fooled by the poorness of this release. Trevor Rabin has done much better things. Try Jacaranda, instead of this one to hear how he can compose and play.

octopus-4 | 1/5 |


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