90125

Title 90125
Artist Yes
Released
Type Studio

Track list

  1. Owner of a Lonely Heart 4:27
  2. Hold On 5:15
  3. It Can Happen 5:39
  4. Changes 6:16
  5. Cinema 2:09
  6. Leave It 4:10
  7. Our Song 4:16
  8. City of Love 4:48
  9. Hearts 7:34

Credits

  • Alan White – Drums, Percussion, and Backing Vocals
  • Chris Squire – Bass Guitar, and Backing Vocals
  • Jon Anderson – Lead Vocals
  • Tony Kaye – Keyboards
  • Trevor Rabin – Guitars, Additional Keyboards, and Backing Vocals

About the album

90125 is the eleventh studio album by Yes, and was released in 1983. It was the band’s first album since their 1981 split, marking the return of both Jon Anderson and Tony Kaye. It is also the first Yes album to feature Trevor Rabin.

The album takes its name from the catalogue number that the band’s record label had assigned to it, Atco 7-90125-0.

90125 reached #16 in the UK charts, and peaked at #5 in the US Billboard 200, staying in the US chart for 53 weeks. It also spawned several singles, amongst which Owner of a Lonely Heart became the band’s first US #1 hit.

After disbanding in December, 1980, Chris Squire and Alan White continued to work with each other releasing a single Run with the Fox in 1981, and forming the aborted XYZ (eX-Yes-and-Zeppelin) project with Jimmy Page.

Rabin, who had left South Africa during the 1970s, had released a string of solo albums, but attempts for him to join a band had proved unsuccessful. There had been a proposed quartet with Rick Wakeman, John Wetton, and Carl Palmer in 1980; a trio with Keith Emerson and Jack Bruce; and he had even tried out with Asia alongside former Yes members Steve Howe and Geoff Downes.

Squire, White, and Rabin began working together in 1982, originally continuing with some of the abandoned XYZ material. They recruited Trevor Horn as their producer, and even considered him as a lead vocalist, however this was not to be. Needing a keyboardist, however, Squire suggested bringing in former Yes member, Kaye. They named the band Cinema, and began recording their debut album.

In April, 1983, Squire played some demo recordings for his old band mate, Anderson, who was very impressed. With thoughts high that there could be a reformation of Yes, Rabin was dubious as he didn’t want to be seen as a replacement for Howe, but soon changed his mind when Anderson brought new lyrics and added his distinct vocals to the existing tracks. Yes had reformed.

At the same time, Kaye had a massive falling out with producer, Horn. This resulted in much of the keyboard work on the album being added by Rabin and members of Horn’s production team. Down a member, the band needed a keyboardist for their upcoming tour and so recruited Eddie Jobson, who also appears in the video for Owner of a Lonely Heart. Jobson had been considered for the role in 1974, before the band recruited Patrick Moraz.

A legal battle began, whereby Brian Lane (the former manager of Yes), Howe, and Wakeman, questioned the use of the name Yes, and it was decided that the band required three original members to legitimately use the name. As such, Kaye was brought back.

Jobson, already unhappy with the way that the band had been treating him, decided to leave. According to Jobson, having had to learn the Yes back catalogue on his own, he had no contact with any band member during the period between filming the video for Owner and his leaving, and has had no contact since. He also stated that the band members, particularly Squire, were egotistical and overindulgent, although concedes that Anderson was always friendly, welcoming, and respectful.

The album cover, and new logo, was created by Garry Mouat at Assorted Images, using the (then) new Apple IIe computer, and is a stark contrast to previous covers from the band.

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