Yes: 90125

Yes: 90125

Analogue Productions  CAPA 065 SA

Stereo Hybrid



Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Atlantic Records!

90125 from Yes featuring "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"

Yes' 90125 was a departure from their progressive style but it introduced the band to a new generation of fans, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and No. 16 on the U.K. albums chart. The 1983 album remains their best-selling album with more than 3 million copies sold in the U.S. "Cinema" earned the group a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, while "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" was the band's first and only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Named for its Atco catalog number, 90125, the album — the band's 11th studio effort — it was born out of the band's self-reinvention. Begun as Cinema, a new band by Chris Squire and Alan White, the project grew to include the slick production of Trevor Horn, the new blood (and distinctly '80s guitar sound) of Trevor Rabin, and eventually the trademark vocals of returning founder Jon Anderson. His late entry insured that Rabin and Horn had a heavy influence on the sound. The album also marked the return of prodigal keyboardist Tony Kaye, whose crisp synth work on "Changes" marked the band's definitive break with its art rock roots.

"Owner Of A Lonely Heart" was a huge crossover hit, and its orchestral break has been relentlessly sampled by rappers ever since. The vocal harmonies of "Leave It" and the beautifully sprawling "Hearts" are additional high points,

90125 is a significant and well-regarded album in the Yes discography.

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Comments (5)

Comment by analogue - May 20, 2024 (1 of 5)

Not a bad disc, this one. I have multiple versions purchased throughout the years and I believe that this one is perhaps the best sounding disc. This particular transfer was created from a secondary copy of the original master tape. It sounds very good but my one concern......albeit a slight if the original dynamic range has been curtailed ever so slightly. You figure every generation of tape to tape transfers, that there is a reduction in overall information being transferred and a reduction in the decibel level. So I wonder if there is a little less slam in this version. As I listen I am impressed with the overall clarity and some nice separation of instruments. I also enjoy how the synths and instruments are cohesive during intense moments. Overall I cant really complain and I enjoy the listen.
I also own the previous hi rez sacd from a Japan box set which was a dsd transferred from 24/96 pcm . That disc is a total mess with strident, often raspy harmonics and the dreaded compression which made for an exhausting listen. This new sacd from Kevin Gray is so much better and in pure dsd no less.
I recommend this disc and also any comments from the new purchases of this Yes sacd.
Cheers, Analogue

Comment by Paul - June 9, 2024 (2 of 5)

Sorry, you are incorrect about this being sourced from a tape copy…

I emailed Kevin Gray, he was the one that performed the mastering on this SACD release, and he told me that he did in fact remaster this SACD release from the original master tape.

Straight from the horses mouth…

You may want to revise your previous comment to reflect the correct information.

Comment by analogue - June 10, 2024 (3 of 5)

Hello. Hate to bicker with you....but if you will peruse the back of the actual sacd and visit the sites that sell this disc, you will notice a very small disclaimer mentioning that this disc was mastered from a half inch tape copy of the original tapes. Those are not my words. Its good to know that the original tapes were used. Cheers, Analogue

Comment by Paul - June 12, 2024 (4 of 5)

Yes, I have this SACD and you are correct, it does say that this was mastered from a 1/2” tape copy of the original master tape but that is incorrect and was an error made by Analogue Productions. Mistakes happen especially when you are issuing tons of releases. They simply listed it incorrectly on the traycard (back cover) of the SACD.

At least we know now for sure that the original master tape was used for this SACD release.

Comment by Paul - June 29, 2024 (5 of 5)

This is without a doubt the definitive audio edition of this classic 80’s Yes album! I’ve been listening to this album for 40 years and it’s like listening to it for the first time.

Kevin Grey has done a masterful job of remastering this great album. It sounds just like it should: full, warm, analog and easy on the ears with no digital harshness whatsoever…

Run, don’t walk, and get your hands on this SACD version before it goes out of print.

10 out of 5 stars for the music, the recording, the production and the remastering!

SACD is my favorite audio format and this SACD is a perfect example of just how a properly mastered SACD can sound warm and not harsh which is what most of the vinyl lovers crave and why they cling to the their LP’s. SACD is the superior format in so many ways and this SACD proves that beyond a doubt.