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Songs / Tracks Listing

Side A
1. Rhythm of Love (Dance to the Rhythm mix) (6:53)
2. Rhythm of Love (Move to the Rhythm mix) (4:24)

Side B
3. Rhythm of Love (The Rhythm of Dub) (7:45)
4. City of Love (live edit) (6:32) *

Total Time 25:34

* From the 9012Live video

Line-up / Musicians

- Jon Anderson / vocals
- Chris Squire / bass, vocals
- Tony Kaye / keyboards
- Alan White / drums
- Trevor Rabin / guitars, vocals

Releases information

12" vinyl: Atco Records 0-96722 (1987)

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YES Rhythm of Love (2) ratings distribution

(44 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(23%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
Collectors/fans only (19%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)

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Review by Australian
2 stars As far as "Rhythm of Love" goes, it is very difficult to get on CD. Anyway as you can probably imagine I own the Vinyl version of this EP. "Rhythm of Love" was one of the singles released by Yes to help promote their newest album "Gig Generator" which proved to be less successful than the previous hit-album "90125." The song itself is one of two bearable songs from "Big Generator" and it features quite a promising into, before going downhill the rest of the way. The Song is usually on the play list at any Yes concert, it is quite interesting to see live on "Songs from Tsongas Yes 35th Anniversary Concert." A single version of "Love Will Find A Way" was also released which achieved similar success. The album also includes a live version of "City of Love" from "91025, which is mildly interesting. The album, Big Generator charted at number 15 in the US and 17 in the UK, failing to attain the same success as "90125." This EP really isn't essential by any stretch of the imagination, but it is an excellent addition to any hardcore Yes fan's collection. Collectors/fans only
Review by progaardvark
COLLABORATOR Crossover/Symphonic Teams
1 stars If you are a collector of rare 12-inch singles (an EP in this case) of progressive rock bands that decided to make really lousy dance music in the 1980s, this is your cup of tea. This has not one, not two, but three different remixed versions of the Yes single "Rhythm of Love" off of the Big Generator album. Three of them! And their absolutely mixed to give you the most awful migraine headache you could ever imagine. Yes, you can listen to the Dance to the Rhythm Mix, then the Move to the Rhythm Mix, and finally the Rhythm of Dub mix. Then you can promptly make your own Dump in the Trash Can Mix.

The EP contains one more song, a live version of City of Love, a song from 90125. Yeah, whoopie! Clearly released for use at dance clubs and/or the aforementioned collectors. One star, less if possible.

Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Another strong commercial release from Yes off the Big Generator album. This song has great rhythm and is an excellent get up and rock song. Great amplified anthem sound.All versions! this was Yes again at their most commercial but so what, a great tune from a mediocre album. Rabin and Anderson working well before the nightmarish' Union' album. As a single a strong release.
Review by SouthSideoftheSky
1 stars "Anyway will do, anyone will do, when you dance to your darkest tune"

In the 80's it became popular to release 12" singles often containing extended versions and remixes. Sadly, Yes jumped on this bandwagon and released several of these in that (for progressive Rock) darkest of times. The present release is a bit of an oddity as it does not even contain any of the "normal" versions of the title song. The regular single for the song (listed separately) held a single edit that was only slightly different from the album version on Big Generator, but the present release hold only dance remixes of the song.

We get here no less than three different remixes called Dance To The Rhythm Mix, Move To The Rhythm Mix, and The Rhythm Of Dub respectively. These remixes are typical of the times and are in my opinion embarrassingly bad. It takes some effort to sit through them all as they are aimless and repetitive, simply dull. The original album version of the song is certainly not among my favourite Yes songs, not even when focusing on the particular period it is from, but compared to these remix versions the original song is great!

The live version of City Of Love that formed the b-side of the regular, 7" Rhythm Of Love single is included here as well and this is the only overlap between the two.

Poor. Only for completionists.

Review by patrickq
2 stars Rhythm of Love was a four-song maxi-single with three version of 'Rhythm of Love,' though neither the album version nor the single edit is here. The fourth and final song is a live version of 'City of Love' from the 9012live video.

This maxi-single, or 'twelve-inch,' follows a common pattern: an extended dance mix, a single-length dance mix, and an instrumental, or 'dub' version.

Here we have the nearly seven-minute 'Dance to the Rhythm Mix,' intended for club play. It contains some brass elements, presumably played by the Soul Lips ensemble, which weren't included on the album; but otherwise, it intersperses instrumental verse and chorus sections among their vocal counterparts with a few breakdowns. The drum track is replaced with a drum machine, and the mix is altered to highlight the rhythmic elements and the the lead vocals. At 4:24, the 'Move to the Rhythm Mix' is a nice length for single airplay, and mostly follows the structure of the original, but with the mix of the 'Move to the Rhythm Mix.'

In my opinion, 'Rhythm of Love' is one of Yes's weaker songs, but it actually works slightly better as a drum-machine-based dance track. So the 'Move to the Rhythm Mix' isn't bad at all for a dance remix of a rock song.

Next is 'The Rhythm of Dub,' a mostly instrumental 7:45 workout probably intended for club DJs to mix with other songs of the same tempo. This mix is similar to the 'Move to the Rhythm Mix,' but seems to retain more of the original rhythm guitar and other elements, like the ride cymbal, in a few places. Finally there's that 'live edit' of 'City of Love' from 1984. This was also the b-side of the standard 'Rhythm of Love' 45 RPM single, and it must be one of the very few legitimate sources for this edit (now that it's out of print, you can find it online). This rendition of 'City of Love' is different than, but just as good as the original. Jon Anderson's lead vocals are among the parts that sound better in concert, but in the other hand, this live version suffers a bit from a lack of producer Trevor Horn's studio polish.

None of these 'Rhythm of Love' tracks is essential; in any event, all three are available on certain editions of the Big Generator CD. As for the version of 'City of Love:' I'm not sure it's special enough to warrant hunting down the Rhythm of Love twelve-inch single (or cassette, in my case) if you have the 9012live video.

I'm assigning this a two-star rating, as fans of the band will want these tracks, though probably not from this source.

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