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"It can happen to you. It can happen to me. It can happen to everyone eventually."

"Move yourself!
You always live your life
Never thinking of the future.
Prove yourself!
You are the move you make
Take your chances, win or loser"
—"Owner of a Lonely Heart"

90125 is the eleventh studio album by Yes, released on 7 November 1983 through Atco Records. Following the tepid reception of the Drama tour over the changed line-up, Yes had initially disbanded in 1981, with bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White and producer Trevor Horn joining Trevor Rabin and the band's original keyboardist Tony Kaye to form the band Cinema, and went to work on a new album in a more radio-friendly direction. Jon Anderson eventually accepted the invitation to join Cinema as their lead vocal, and in time the band was renamed as the new lineup of Yes.

When the album was released, it was met with generally positive reviews, and was Yes' most commercially successful album, reaching #5 on the US Billboard 200. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" also remained the band's only US #1 single to date, reaching #8 overall in the year-end charts.



Side One

  1. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (4:27)
  2. "Hold On" (5:18)
  3. "It Can Happen" (5:25)
  4. "Changes" (6:16)

Side Two

  1. "Cinema" (2:07)
  2. "Leave It" (4:10)
  3. "Our Song" (4:13)
  4. "City of Love" (4:46)
  5. "Hearts" (7:36)

Principal Members:

  • Jon Anderson – vocals
  • Tony Kaye – keyboards
  • Trevor Rabin – guitars, keyboards, vocals
  • Chris Squire – bass, guitars, backing vocals
  • Alan White – drums, percussion, sampling

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  • A Cappella: The a cappella version of "Leave It" originally appeared as the B-Side of the track's single.
  • The Bus Came Back: Original keyboardist Tony Kaye returned to the band for this album, though most of the keyboard work was played by Trevor Rabin. It was also produced by Trevor Horn, himself a former member of Yes.
  • Cheap Heat: "Our Song" mentions Toledo, Ohio prominently. It got so much airplay there that it made the Billboard charts, despite never being released as a single.
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  • Dolled-Up Installment: The name 'Cinema' didn't come due to lawsuit threats by similarly named bands, and the label convincing them that just bringing the Yes name back would be enough given that the group had featured everyone but Trevor Rabin - who was annoyed that he inadvertedly joined a reunion.
  • Epic Rocking: "Changes" tops six minutes, and "Hearts" runs for seven and a half. Otherwise the song lengths are generally much shorter than their earlier progressive rock material.
  • Instrumental: "Cinema".
  • Lyrical Cold Open: The non-acapella version of "Leave It" begins in this manner
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: The cover art as pictured here is simple compared to a lot of the others.
  • New Sound Album: Given the album's start as a separate band, the album took a more pop rock direction, albeit still keeping enough of the old elements to garner acclaim.
  • The Power of Rock: "Our Song".
  • Sampling: "Owner of a Lonely Heart" was one of the first rock songs to use this, courtesy of the then cutting-edge Fairlight CMI. In turn, its drum break has been a favourite sampling choice of hip-hop and dance artists ever since. "White Car" and "Tempus Fugit" from Drama were also composed with the CMI.
  • Shout-Out: "City of Love" references the Bob Marley song "No Woman, No Cry"
  • Vocal Tag Team: As befitting the Rabin era of Yes, Anderson and Rabin both assumed lead vocal roles in the album.


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