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2.90 | 44 ratings | 3 reviews | 30% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. It Can Happen (edit) (4:15)
2. It Can Happen (live) (6:28)

Total Time 10:43

Line-up / Musicians

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

Releases information

Format: 7" RECORD
Record Label: Atco
Catalogue No: B9745
Country of Origin: UK

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YES It Can Happen ratings distribution

(44 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (16%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by Guillermo
3 stars I`m not a fan of Trevor Horn as producer and in general I don`t like most of the music that was released in the eighties as it sounds to me as very commercial and "plastic". Trevor Horn was one of the most successful producers at that time and in the nineties, so I don`t like the hits he produced for several artists during that period of time (with the exception of Seal`s "Crazy" single from 1991). But with Yes he did a very good job with the "90125" album, bringing the band "back to life" and giving them some hits in the Pop Rock market in 1983-84. "It Can Happen" is a very good song, one of the best from the "90125" album, with a riff played maybe using an electric sitar, with good keyboard atmospheres, good lead and backing vocals and a good lead guitar. It is one of the songs from that album which in my opinion sounds closer to the "old" Yes`s musical style and it is very inlfuenced by Chris Squire`s songwriting style. This song was played better in concerts, with more energy (and without the electric sitar) and it was one of the most interesting songs they played live during their 1984-85 tour.
Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars "We're not about to lose our pride"

It Can Happen is one of the better songs from the relatively weak 90125 album. It was released as a single in 1984 in an edited version with a previously unreleased live version of the same song as its b-side. The single edit of It Can Happen runs for four minutes and 19 seconds while the album version is five and a half minutes long. There is also a music video for the song with a slightly different version of the song which opens and closes with a brief spoken word section in a foreign language.

The song originated from the Cinema sessions in the early 80's before Jon Anderson re-joined the band and an early version of the song with Trevor Rabin on lead vocals exist. The latter version was first released in the Yesyears box set in the early 90's and has later also been included as a bonus track on the remastered CD version of 90125.

Review by patrickq
2 stars This ATCO single - - catalog number 99745 in the US, B9745 in the UK - - was released in June 1984 as the follow-up to the minor hit "Leave It." It peaked at #51 in the US and #92 in the UK. Like "Leave It," "It Can Happen" is written in the unmistakable style of Yes bassist Chris Squire, although in both cases he had plenty of songwriting help. Much has been made of the differences between the canonical version of the song, sung by Jon Anderson, and the "Cinema" version, first released on Yesyears in 1991, on which Squire is the lead vocalist. I'll limit my comments to mentioning my opinion that, corny as it sounds, they're both pretty good.

"It Can Happen (edit)"

The a-side of the single is an edit of the 90125 album track, which opens with a sitar played by Dipak (Deepak) Khazanchi. Like all but one 90125 song, "It Can Happen" was produced by former Yes vocalist Trevor Horn, and here he works his magic, bringing Yes into the modern sound of the 1980s without leaving any fingerprints. As far as I know, the single was created with just one edit, which removes the seventy-one seconds beginning at 3:12 on the album version. The splice is a no-brainer from a compositional standpoint - - plus, there was already an edit at 3:12 - - but it's done flawlessly.

This version was out of print until the 3-CD The Ultimate Yes: the 35th Anniversary Collection was released in 2003. As of late 2019, the edited version is still available for individual download on Amazon, iTunes, and presumably other platforms.

"It Can Happen (live version)"

I used to believe that this live version of "It Can Happen" had to be the same recording used on the 9012Live videocassette, released the following year. It's true that the video version is half a minute longer, but I just assumed that the single version was an edit. After all, I had it on good account that this b-side was recorded at the Edmonton during the second North American leg of Yes's 1984 tour, which is also the provenance of 9012Live. But then I actually heard the b-side. It's not the same. After wondering about the discrepancy for years, I finally discovered that there were two Edmonton shows and that the video is from the Friday concert. This b-side is probably from Saturday.

What makes the 9012Live recording of "It Can Happen" special is Anderson's improvised vocals during the breakdown section (beginning about 5:40) which precedes the outro. After Anderson repeats "you can mend the wires / you can feed the soul apart," he ad libs: "you can touch your heart, touch your soul, touch your life, 'cause deep down inside, deep down, you've got the power." Trevor Rabin then begins singing his "na-na-na" part from the fade of the studio version, and Anderson just keeps on going: "deep inside you have the power / feelin' lost - - feelin' lost and a-lonely / reach out, reach out" - - here Rabin hits the high note of his vocal line - - "reach out, 'cause you've got the power!" Those last five syllables introduce a fantastic new melody to the song, and he repeats it twice as Rabin and Squire chant the chorus: "it can happen to you, it can happen to me..." To me it's the highlight of the 67-minute 9012Live video.

But unfortunately that isn't the version on the b-side of this single. Here, during the breakdown, Anderson ad-libs similarly, but doesn't find the aforementioned melody. I wonder why they chose this recording for this single. Maybe the decision had something to do with licensing connected to the 9012Live concert film (which wouldn't be released for another sixteen months)? Or maybe it was "just a b-side;" the flip-side choice could've been a last-minute decision. Another interesting note: the b-side labels of both the UK and US releases indicate that this rendition was "produced by Eddie Offord and Yes;" Offord was not, as far as I know, involved with 9012Live.


"It Can Happen" is a nice art-rock number whose studio and live versions should be in the collections of any serious Yes fan. But in my estimation, the a-side of this single isn't essential, since the mix seems to be identical to the album version - - it's just a shortened version. And the b-side isn't as good a performance as the one on 9012Live. So I'd only recommend this release to serious Yes collectors.

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