In Not Fade Away, we take a look at the legacy of some of the greatest albums of the past few decades – some iconic, some lesser known – as they celebrate significant anniversaries. Here, we look at Yes‘s astonishing reunion/reinvention on their 1983 album ’90125.’
The early ’80s presented a big challenge to rock’s “old guard.” Sounds and vision were changing; by and large, artists who didn’t change with the times would be left behind. Synths and samples were becoming more and more common, as were promotional videos where fans would actually get to see their favorite artists. This presented a challenge to many legendary artists, but a handful — ZZ Top, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen among them — adapted, and didn’t just retain their fanbase, but watched it grow in the MTV era. The same could be said for Yes, when they re-introduced themselves with 1983′s 90125.
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