"90125" (Atco; 1983)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Yes is the band that -- if you listened to this disc today, and you didn’t know who they were -- you could say they sound like a lot of other bands in their genre. The problem is that so many of those other bands likely sound like Yes. Asia and Porcupine Tree are just a couple. Fans of ELO, ELP, Genesis, Queen and Marillion will no doubt remember why prog rock, and Yes, became so huge.

Yes was one of the original and longest lasting of the prog rock groups to emerge from the 1970s and "90125" was one of their biggest albums. Jon Anderson’s vocals emerged at the forefront and Trevor Rabin’s fretwork is nothing short of amazing. Tony Kaye is the keyboardist who set the standard for all prog rockers to follow.

If you have this CD and haven’t listened to it in a while, dust it off and remember how good it was twenty-three years ago. The vocals here are the driving force; everyone except Kaye is listed with vocal contribution.

The best tracks are “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Changes,” “Cinema,” and “Leave It.”

Yes: Jon Anderson – vocals; Trevor Rabin – guitars, keyboards; Tony Kaye – keyboards; Chris Squire – bass; Alan White – drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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