90125

Label
Rhino
Release date
1983
Running length
9 tracks
Running time
45:48

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Owner of a Lonely Heart 5:48 417,609
2 Hold On () 5:16 945
3 It Can Happen () 5:27 643
4 Changes () 6:18 639
5 Cinema () 2:06 647
6 Leave It 4:12 57,542
7 Our Song () 4:17 602
8 City Of Love () 4:51 636
9 Hearts () 7:33 643

About this album

90125 is the eleventh album by progressive rock group Yes, released in 1983. It was the first album since the breakup of Yes in 1980. It is also the first album to feature Trevor Rabin, and also features the return of vocalist Jon Anderson, who quit the band in 1979. It also marked the first time in twelve years that original keyboardist Tony Kaye had appeared with the group. The album is notable for marking a radical shift in style, with Yes largely trading in their trademark symphonic progressive rock sound for contemporary, synthesized 1980’s pop.

The title of the album refers to its original catalogue number, not an American ZIP code (which is not in use).



Background
This new incarnation of Yes came about almost by accident. In 1980, well-known members Jon Anderson (vocalist) and Rick Wakeman (keyboardist) had left the band, replaced by Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes respectively. The new line-up was short-lived: after an album (Drama) and tour, they disbanded at the beginning of 1981. Bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White continued to work together, including on the abortive XYZ project and releasing a single as a duo in 1981.

Guitarist Trevor Rabin had left his native South Africa in the late 1970s and had released a series of solo albums. There had been various attempts to place Rabin in a band, including a proposed quartet with Rick Wakeman, John Wetton and Carl Palmer in 1980 and a proposed trio with Keith Emerson and Jack Bruce. Rabin tried out in Asia, alongside Wetton, Palmer and former Yes members Steve Howe and Geoff Downes. However, he had also been put in touch with Squire and White and this was to be his path instead.

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  • MisterJunior

    A good album despite what a lot of hardcore Yes fans would have you believe. Is it as brilliant as Fragile or Close to the Edge? No, not even close, but the songs are catchy as hell and they're also much smarter than the people who call this a "sellout" album can bring themselves to admit. If you want to listen to a BAD Yes album, put Big Generator on. This one is damn good.

    17 Jun 12:41am Reply
  • ajablagargala

    I thought I'd like this because I liked Drama with Trevor Horn and he produced 90125, but I'm not digging this at all.

    3 Feb 7:40pm Reply
  • RAM237

    Yes ()

    11 Apr 2014 Reply
  • SergioIsj

    Pop, but still progressive.

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Gyoshimaru

    Even it being really pop, and with a "bad formation" I enjoy this album a lot. :)

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Plinth

    regressive rock [2]

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Plinth

    Owner of a lonely heart > The Police [2] HAHAHA :D

    15 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Poisonnation

    regressive rock

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    As usual with classic prog bands, the biggest piece of shit they produced has to be one of their most popular albums on last.fm.

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    Perfect album!

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Juliossauro

    Listen to it objetively, it isn't a bad album. Is a bad album for yes, but for music, its ok. [3]

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Rezzo64

    Better than I honestly expected it to be, given all the fuss about how it "isn't progressive enough". Some of you lot are too fussy

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Abomination317

    To be fair this was never intended to be a Yes album. It's just that it was decided it would sell better with the Yes name.

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Spasithor

    oh how i LOVE that crackling LP!!

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • RurouniPsycho

    Owner of a Lonely Heart > The Police

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • amaroK_usr

    "Progressive" just meant that it transcended genres so no one knew wtf to call it. People might want to retrospectively put some kind of noble purpose or something to it, but all it was was a bunch of usually middle class kids throwing ideas around and just making art. As long as there are people who get kicks out of just making music and to hell with classification "prog" will never die.

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • iron345

    Was fun at the time but pales a bit these days. Kudos to them for re-inventing themselves tho.

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • PabloRH

    I do sometimes feel the need of listening to something that sounds quite 80's cheesy and creative (don't ask why) and this fits very well with what I'm looking for. You see, not everything has to be a "masterpiece"

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Yeah, becuz adapting's for pussyfaces an' REAL progressive music is about being conservative and doing essentially the same thing.

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • cesarhmx

    Yes antes desse álbum é infinitamente superior, mas eu ainda gosto muito do 90125.

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
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