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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hold On - Demo 1981 (6:19)
2. Changes - Demo 1981 (3:11)
3. Moving In (5:32)
4. Would You Feel My Love (5:01)
5. Where Will You Be - Demo 1991 (5:06)
6. Owner Of A Lonely Heart - Demo 1981 (7:02)
7. Walls - Demo 1990 (4:20)
8. Promenade (1:44)
9. Love Will Find A Way (3:30)
10. Miracle Of Life (6:57)
11. Cinema - Demo 1981 (4:32)

Total Time 53:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Trevor Rabin / guitars, vocals, keyboards, instruments, producer

Releases information

Release date: July 22, 2003
Label: Voiceprint (VP263CD)
Format: CD

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
1 stars "A brutally honest first draft"

In 2003 two archival Trevor Rabin releases saw the light, both issued by the Voiceprint label. Someone had dug into the archives and found some older recordings including a live recording from 1989 which resulted in Live In LA and some demos and outtakes of material Rabin had written for Yes between 1981 and 1991 resulting in the present compilation. Out of these two the Live In LA album is the much superior one, recorded on tour in support of the very good Can't Look Away (Rabin's first solo album since he had joined Yes).

The title and the artwork of 90124 obviously refers to the Yes album 90125, the first yes album that Rabin had contributed to, though the unfinished songs included here were not all written for that album but some for Big Generator, Union, and Talk. Most of the songs here will be familiar to Yes fans, but in some cases only some parts of these songs were used by the band.

The album opens with Hold On which here consists of two different demo recordings stuck together into one. Other songs from these 1981 sessions include Changes and Owner Of A Lonely Heart, all of which would end up on 90125. These versions add little of interest to the finished versions. Moving In is a track that was not recorded by Yes, though some parts of the track were incorporated into the finished version of Hold On. The track that is here mislabelled Cinema is actually an alternate, early version of Make It Easy, a track that was written and recorded by Yes in the early 80's but was not included on any Yes album. It was subsequently released in 1991 as part of the YesYears box set and also as a single around the same time to promote that box set. Rabin often used to play part of this song live as an introduction to Owner Of A Lonely Heart. Would You Feel My Love is yet another track written by Rabin for 90125 but was not used. I can understand why!

From the Big Generator writing sessions we get Love Will Find A Way. This version is rather similar to the finished version and adds nothing of interest. Miracle Of Life is an excellent song that Rabin wrote for Union. Again, this demo version adds little of interest and I much prefer the finished album version. Finally, Talk is represented by two tracks here in Walls and Where Will You be. The former features Roger Hodgson of Supertramp on backing vocals and the latter is here presented in an all instrumental version. I enjoy this instrumental version but it can hardly be said to be essential. Promenade is a guitar version of the Classical piece by Mussorgsky (popularised by Emerson Lake & Palmer in the early 70's; Rabin was probably inspired by them). It is unclear to me why it is included here as it doesn't have anything to do with Yes.

If you have 90125 (especially the remastered CD version with bonus tracks), Big Generator, Union, and Talk, this compilation adds little of interest to your collection. It is interesting only as a historical document and it has very little listening value. It is only recommended for hard core fans of 80's Yes and Trevor Rabin's contribution to that era of the band in particular. Rabin himself has expressed scepticism about this release and called it "a brutally honest first draft" which is exactly what it is.

Review by Guillermo
2 stars An album which is really a collection of Demos of songs recorded by Trevor Rabin before he joined YES in 1981 and until 1991, with songs which were recorded by the band in the albums "90125", "Big Generator", "Union" and "Talk". Being essentially Demos the recording of most of them is not very good. Only two of these Demos were not recorded by YES: "Would Yo Feel My Love", a Pop Rock ballad, and an arrangement of "Promenade" from Mussorgsky`s "Pictures at an Exhibition", played with electric guitars.

Some Demos are interesting, like the Demos for "Hold On" and "Moving In", with parts of both of them which were later used for the final version of the song called "Hold On" from the "90125" album, The Demo for "Changes" shows the song without the contributions that Alan White (the instrumental intro) and Jon Anderson (the final lyrics) made for that song in the "90125" album.

"Where Will You Be" is an instrumental version of the same song which was recorded for the "Talk" album, very similar to the final product. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" shows the song without the final arrangements and with different lyrics and also lacking the contributions that Jon Anderson (additional lyrics) and Chris Squire (bass guitar arrangements) made to the final song which was recorded for the "90125" album. In one interview Rabin said that producer Trevor Horn had a songwriter`s credit in this song more for his production and arrangements for the song and as a "thank you" gesture for thinking that the song could be a Hit Single than for really contributing something else to the song.

"Walls" has Roger Hodgson (one of the co-writer of this song) singing backing vocals, with some arrangements which sound very influenced by Hodgson, but anyway sounding very similar to the final version which was recorded by YES for the "Talk" album. This Demo lacks a brief section that maybe was Jon Anderson`s final contribution to the song (a brief lyric that he sings in the final version).

"Love Will Find a Way" is a bit differerent to the final version which was recorded for the "Big Generator" album, lacking the strings arrangement used as an intro and the harmonica solo used in the final version, but it still is very similar to the final product. The same is for "Miracle of Life", which was recorded for the "Union" album, having some different arrangements but sounding very similar anyway to the final product.

"Don`t Give in" (track number 11 in this album) is a different version of "Make It Easy", a song which was included in the "Yesyears" Box Set, with different lyrics and arrangements.

This "90124" compilation of Demos is interesting. Maybe it is more interesting to listen to the changes that the contributions of the other members of YES made to the final versions of the songs which appeared in the albums which the band recorded with Trevor Rabin as a member of the band. It also shows how important was Rabin for the new sound of the band after Steve Howe left the band in early 1981, and also shows why Chris Squire and Alan White asked Rabin to form a band, because they liked his songs and musical ideas to re-establish YES as a band in the eighties with a more accessible style of music.

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