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Born in 1954 in Johannesburg, Trevor RABIN started playing guitar at the age of twelve, and within a year he was playing his first local gigs in his brother?s band. From there he formed his first group CONGLOMERATION, and was a session musician by the tender age of 17. His musical career was delayed by being drafted into the army, but on leaving he soon formed RABBITT with former CONGLOMERATION bandmates, Neil CLOUD and Ronnie ROBOT. RABBITT soon became the most successful rock act ever to come from the country, winning multiple awards and having hit albums and singles.

He left RABBITT and moved to London in 1978 where he produced bands such MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND also released his debut solo album. He moved to LA in the early Eighties, where he came to the attention of Chris SQUIRE who was looking for a guitarist for his new band, which at that time was called CINEMA. However, after Jon ANDERSON joined the band the decision was taken to again take up the name YES, and the resulting album ?90125? became the biggest selling of their career.

Trevor was with Yes for four albums, and since leaving he has concentrated mostly on film scores, and has continued to work in multiple different styles of music, including progressive rock. At the time of writing he has released five solo albums, with the most recent coming out in 2012

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Trevor Rabin
1978
2.00 | 1 ratings
Face To Face
1979
2.00 | 1 ratings
Wolf
1981
3.24 | 11 ratings
Can't Look Away
1989
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The Glimmer Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
1996
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Con Air (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
1997
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Enemy Of The State (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
1998
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Armageddon (Original Motion Picture Score)
1998
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Deep Blue Sea (Original Motion Picture Score)
1999
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Gone In 60 Seconds (Original Motion Picture Score)
2000
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The 6th Day (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2000
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Remember The Titans (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2001
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American Outlaws (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2001
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The One (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2001
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Exorcist: The Beginning (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2004
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National Treasure (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2004
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2005
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2006
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2006
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Snakes On A Plane (Original Motion Picture Score)
2007
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National Treasure: Book Of Secrets (Original Motion Picture Score)
2007
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Get Smart (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2008
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Race To Witch Mountain (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2009
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Original Motion Picture Score)
2010
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I Am Number Four (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2011
3.12 | 7 ratings
Jacaranda
2012

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3.86 | 3 ratings
Live In LA
2003

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1.20 | 6 ratings
90124
2003

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 Can't Look Away by RABIN, TREVOR album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.24 | 11 ratings

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Can't Look Away
Trevor Rabin Crossover Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

3 stars For what it's worth, this album holds a special place to me, since I had a wonderful time at the release party held in Boston. I was at the party, and Trevor Rabin noticed that I was the only one there actually listening to the album. So, over continuous glasses of champagne, we had a nice discussion about the album, Yes, and prog rock in general.

I honestly didn't think much of the album at the time, as I was listening to bands like Doctor Nerve and Univers Zero mostly in those days, and didn't have much appreciation for this pop-ish style of music. But since Rabin's addition to the archives, I've taken a fresh look at the disk.

If you like the 80's Yes, then you may just enjoy this album. It definitely displays Rabin's influence, and points to him as the leader of Yes during that period. The song styling is similar in many ways, and quite often sounds like tracks that could have been on "Big Generator". It has a similar, clear production, with Rabin's rich harmonization of guitars, keyboards and vocals.

Much of it also sounds like classic Foreigner, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Rabin's undoing comes in his sometimes too schmaltzy lyrics, hitting the depths on "Hold On To Me". But those points don't totally overwhelm the fact that Rabin is a truly gifted guitarist. His solos throughout lift even the sappy love songs to a listenable level.

The album revs up a bit at the end. "Sludge" is the best, and most progressive and aggressive track. It's an instrumental that becomes an almost metal fusion piece. "I Miss You Now" displays some nice bass work from Rabin, and "The Cape" provides a nice ending over an almost new-age backing track.

Does this album justify Rabin's inclusion here? Not quite, but "Jacaranda" certainly does. But as a slightly prog, but mostly rock album, it's pretty good.

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 Jacaranda by RABIN, TREVOR album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.12 | 7 ratings

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Trevor Rabin Crossover Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars The Yes man goes Jazz-Rock/Fusion!

Released in 2012, Jacaranda is Trevor Rabin's first solo album since 1989's Can't Look Away (though he has created a staggering amount of film soundtracks for many major films in the interim). What should be pointed out right from the start is that while Can't Look Away was an album very much in the style of 80's and 90's Yes (particularly the four albums to which Rabin contributed: 90125, Big Generator, Union, and Talk), Jacaranda is an all instrumental Jazz-Rock/Fusion album. What struck me immediately while hearing this album for the first time was how remarkably much it sounds like a Steve Morse album! Rabin has obviously picked up quite a lot of tricks from that guitarist of The Dixie Dregs and now of Deep Purple. This is not a criticism as such since I like Steve Morse and Rabin is one of few guitarists that are equally good, but it is not what I personally would have expected from him.

Jacaranda showcases Rabin's immense guitar playing skills very well, but his skills as a vocalist and songwriter are obviously left entirely out of the picture which is a shame. What made Can't Look Away into such a good album for me, and what made Rabin's contributions to the Yes albums that he played on so distinctive, was not just his impeccable guitar playing, but also his vocals and song writing. But Jacaranda is an album that focuses almost completely on Rabin as a guitar player. He is a great guitarist, but to my mind he is not "just" a great guitar player, and I for one would like to see more of his other sides as well.

If you are coming at Rabin's solo career from a Yes angle, expecting anything even remotely similar to 80's and 90's Yes, then Jacaranda is bound to let you down and come across as somewhat one-dimensional. If, however, Jazz-Rock/Fusion is your thing, and especially if you are a fan of the solo albums by Steve Morse, then this album is for you. Personally, I belong to the first group, but even so I can appreciate this album for what it is. I don't mind some good Jazz-Rock/Fusion like this, and Rabin does it very well, but I very much hope he one day will make another album more in the style of Can't Look Away utilizing not only his immense instrumental skills.

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 90124 by RABIN, TREVOR album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2003
1.20 | 6 ratings

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90124
Trevor Rabin Crossover Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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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.

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 Live In LA by RABIN, TREVOR album cover Live, 2003
3.86 | 3 ratings

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Live In LA
Trevor Rabin Crossover Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars Oh Yes!

Following the release of Can't Look Away, his first solo album since he had joined Yes, Trevor Rabin went on tour to promote the album. On that tour in 1989 this live album was recorded, though it wasn't released until 2003. In addition to songs from Can't Look Away, the solid set list also includes some songs from the two Yes albums that Rabin had contributed to up to that time. From 90125 we get Changes and Owner Of A Lonely Heart and from Big Generator he has chosen Love Will Find A Way. The latter two songs have never been big favourites of mine, but Changes is a great selection. Moreover, snippets of both Make It Easy (a song that was first written and recorded in 1981 but remained unreleased until 1991 when it appeared on the YesYears box set) and Lift Me Up (a song that would later appear in full form on the Union album but was probably not yet completed at the time of this live recording) can be heard here. I love the riff of Lift Me Up which is played at the very opening of this concert leading into the first full track Cover Up. The Make It Easy excerpt is also really strong and introduces Owner Of A Lonely Heart here just like it would do on the Union tour later. The set list is rounded off by a song taken from an earlier Rabin solo album in Heard You Cry Wolf. All of the songs performed were written or co-written by Rabin.

I think that Can't Look Away is a very good album and all the songs they play from it here are very good. The title track is expanded to some 12 minutes and the instrumental Sludge is performed differently from the studio version. The latter sounds almost Prog Metal in this live rendition! The band that backs Rabin up here consists of Lou Molino III on drums, Mark Mancina on keyboards, and Jim Simmons on bass. Rabin himself shines on guitars and vocals.

This is a very good live album and personally I would say that it is better than any of the live recordings that I've heard from Rabin-era Yes (I'm thinking here of 9012 Live and Union Live). It is a real shame that Rabin didn't continue to play live (after he left Yes the second time around) as he had a very good thing going here. I still hope that he would again form a band around himself as strong as the band that he had when this live album was recorded and once more tour the world performing songs from his time in Yes and his best solo material. A set list similar to this one but with further songs added from Union and Talk could really be great.

Live In LA is a perfect companion to Can't Look Away and a good addition to a Yes fan's collection

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 Can't Look Away by RABIN, TREVOR album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.24 | 11 ratings

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Can't Look Away
Trevor Rabin Crossover Prog

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

2 stars I wish I would have looked away when I purchased this CD shortly after it's release. Blushingly, I admit of giving it numerous spins before it was unceremoniously disregarded as of any interest to me. Currently this album is rated as a clean 4 and if I didn't know better, on that basis I'd be racing out to obtain this work. Well, I'd suggest to try it first before parting with your money. From my angle, I hold this work solely responsible for losing interest in Rabin's future efforts.

Crossover it may be, although I see it as Prog-Related if only by association with the least memorable period of YES. I am in the minority when I state that in parts I find elements of "90125" and "Big Generator" quite enjoyable. In parts that is, a fleeting few seconds here and there in the odd song - and this is a credit to Rabin's contribution. His quirky guitar fills employing amazing sound effects along with his charmingly sweet, almost shy voice lift those albums for me. Not here though.

This work comes across as somewhat immature Pop-Rock that would be more at home at a High School Ball than in a Prog collection. Rabin seems to have missed the boat as even for reasonable Pop it fails to excite. I could liken it to Dweezil Zappa's early efforts for there is definitely some talent lurking in the background, but fails to emerge in a convincing manner. In my world it is "Collectors/fans only".

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 Can't Look Away by RABIN, TREVOR album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.24 | 11 ratings

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Can't Look Away
Trevor Rabin Crossover Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars Hold On!

Can't Look Away was Trevor Rabin's first solo album since he had joined Yes (but not his first solo album overall). At this point in his career he had already played on the Yes albums 90125 (released in 1983) and Big Generator (1987), but his days with Yes were not over and he would later go on to contribute to Union (1991) and Talk (1994). In addition to Rabin himself on guitars and lead vocals (among several other things), Can't Look Away also features another Yes member in Alan White on drums (on some tracks). The album will appeal to anyone who enjoys the Yes albums that Rabin played on, and in my opinion this album is actually better than both 90125 and Big Generator!

Rabin is not only an excellent guitarist, but also a strong vocalist and a good song writer. All of these qualities are amply represented here where he does not need to take the back seat behind anyone else. In my opinion, Rabin's very best compositions can be found on Yes' Union album in Lift Me Up and Miracle Of Life. But apart from those two excellent Yes songs, some of Rabin's finest songs are on the present album. The album opens with the title track which features an excellent riff very much in the style of Lift Me Up and showcases Rabin's powerful guitar styles. He is an incredible player!

Some songs here, most notably Sorrow (Your Heart), pay homage to Rabin's African origins by fusing Rock and traditional African sounds. I have never heard anything quite like it. There are many other styles of music as well subtly fused into an overall progressive Arena Rock foundation. The Cape, Sludge, and Etoile Noir are instrumentals that contribute to the variety of the album keeping it interesting throughout.

I think it is a real shame that Rabin didn't continue his solo career (after he left Yes the second time around) with more albums in the style of this one. I still hope that one day (preferably very soon!) he would form a strong band around himself and tour the world performing songs from this album as well as songs from his time in Yes. With the best songs from Talk, Union, Big Generator, 90125, and the present album, he could really put together a great set list.

Can't Look Away remains Rabin's greatest achievement as a solo artist, and a great album it is

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