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THIS IS HOW I GOT INTO YES - so I am biased. LOVE IT, LOVE IT...,
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This review is from: 90125 (Audio CD)
I was 16, and very late getting to know "proper" music. It sounded so new and different when I first heard "Owner Of A Lonely Heart".
THE BOOKLET (16 pages). Always loved the cover - so modern, clean and sharp (still one of my favs covers by anyone). In this edition the cover, spine and inner sleeve have tried to have been recreated to the best. The inner sleeve is a straight copy but not shrunk. The lyrics are on same green colour, and type fonts and spread over 7 pages. There is also an essay of how 90125 came about. There are a few black & White photos.
THE MUSIC. Clean and sharp - but what was so modern then is so dated now AND THAT IS THE POINT: will YOU like it? For me basically the album is "Pop/rock", not prog. It sounds very '80s. But listening to Radio 2 often, what are the 2 most played Yes songs? Wonderous Stories & Owner of a lonely heart. If you are familiar with 90125 but not the bonus tracks don't worry most of the 6 are good.
THE LINE-UP. JON ANDERSON / TREVOR RABIN / ALAN WHITE / TONY KAYE / and of course CHRIS SQUIRE. But the sound was crafted by producer, TREVOR HORN.
ME. I was already into The Floyd, but disappointed but the lack of music on "The Final Cut" (1983 also). When I heard "Owner..." well I had to know more. I had the LP for Xmas 1983. I have never tired of this LP but was satisfied enough with the original cd sound and owning "YesYears" since its release in 1991, with 2 of the bonus tracks here. But as of yesterday I now own this Remastered and Expanded edition and having only paid £3, well. I slowly bought other Yes - (in order (I think)) 1. THE YES ALBUM 2. GOING FOR THE ONE, 3. CLOSE TO THE EDGE and then the 2 years before ABWH all of their lps. The big surprise for me is when it came to BIG GENERATOR, which sounds similar to 90125 in production styling, I got bored after a few years of Big Generator. Perhaps the 3 year gap was too long and by that time I had discovered the '70s Yes?
SOMETHING SIMILAR. only to mention the stunning (I remember BBC1 broadcasting it years before VHS and loving) 9012LIVE concert. The cd and dvd: 9012 LIVE- THE SOLOS/ Expanded 9012 Live  [DVD]
USELESS TRIVIA. I only knew "Owner.." but still remember Mike Reed announcing a Yes competition on Saturday Superstore (which ran from 1982-7) and telling us, the kids, that you should go and call your dad into the room as this comp would probably be more interesting to him - not in our house. I didn't win... but I didn't enter either!