Big Generator

Label
ATCO
Release date
17 Sep 1987
Running length
16 tracks
Running time
87:05

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Rhythm of Love 4:45 30,883
2 Big Generator 4:33 11,765
3 Shoot High Aim Low 7:01 7,986
4 Almost Like Love 4:58 9,112
5 Love Will Find a Way 4:49 18,253
6 Final Eyes 6:25 8,697
7 I'm Running 7:36 8,198
8 Holy Lamb 3:19 3,754
Shoot High, Aim Low (LP Version) 7:03 34
Big Generator (LP Version) 4:33 35
Rhythm Of Love (LP Version) 4:49 59
Almost Like Love (LP Version) 5:01 26
Love Will Find A Way (LP Version) 4:50 54
Final Eyes (LP Version) 6:26 28
I'm Running (LP Version) 7:38 27
Holy Lamb (LP Version) 3:19 21

About this album

Big Generator is the twelfth studio album by progressive rock band Yes. It was released in 1987 on Atlantic Records’ Atco subsidiary label (Yes’ last studio album for Atlantic) and was the follow-up to the massively successful 90125 album.

A laborious album to make, Big Generator’s sessions dragged on for two years, largely due to creative differences. Guitarist Trevor Rabin was aiming to progress beyond 90125, while founding lead vocalist Jon Anderson was beginning to yearn for more traditional Yes music.

The result was an album that was successful commercially, with two songs reaching the US Top 40: “Love Will Find a Way” (also a #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart) and “Rhythm of Love” (their last US Top 40 hit). The album was not as popular as 90125, and feeling that the band was going in a direction he didn’t want to pursue, Jon Anderson began working on other projects at the conclusion of the Big Generator tour in 1988 including a partial reformation with his Yes bandmates from the 1970s.

It is unclear if the album will ever be reissued by Rhino Records with additional bonus tracks as all previous Atlantic studio releases have been. While new additional material has not been available, unreleased demos may be pulled from the Warner vaults, or live material from 1988 used on the box set, Yesyears.

Missing from the Yes “expanded and remastered” 2003/2004 series by Rhino/Warner, (like Yessongs, Yesshows and 9012Live), Big Generator was finally remastered (with inverted stereo image) and expanded in 2009 by Isao Kikuchi, the album was published by Warner Music Japan as part of their “Yes SHM-CD Papersleeve” series.

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  • Poisonnation

    even 90125 was better than this shit. not by much though...

    13 Jan 6:19am Reply
  • miamiscot

    The follow up to 90125 does not deliver. Pretty tame, in fact.

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • MistahJohnson

    Just as mediocre as the last one! This production makes me vomit!

    24 Feb 2012 Reply
  • CricketsInTune

    @javier0889 - My votes just fixed it - glad you were on that!

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • nssworld

    Without a doubt the worst Yes album in their oeuvre.

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • deadair22

    Solid record, my only complaint is that Holy lamb should be at least ten minutes! That song is amazing!

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • BJCz

    Why not

    18 Mar 2011 Reply
  • kemming

    great album

    25 Feb 2011 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Teh weakness. I like Rhythm of Love (and maybe Big Generator or Shoot High), but this is seriously breadcrumbs compared to 90125's awesomeness.

    28 Jun 2010 Reply
  • hippietim

    I dig nearly all yes, but I do love both of the albums U mention, I owned 90125 in 2 mediums, and would love 2 find it on vinyl! Timothy :o)

    2 Mar 2010 Reply
  • kaladzeKSG

    I'm with you man. I love that period. I'd prefer Trevor Rabin. 90125 and Big Generator are my favourites albums ;)

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • fondula

    Of the Trevor Rabin -era albums, this is my favorite.

    20 May 2008 Reply

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