It took four years for Yes to come out with a follow up to 1983’s huge 90125 and what we got was Big Generator, released on September 17, 1987. I used to wonder, “Uh … what happened?”
I don’t really remember what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. To be fair, Big Generatoractually has some fun songs on it. Yes’ “Rhythm of Love” and “Love Will Find a Way” did get some airplay, but “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “Leave It” threw long shadows, even if they were four years distant.
Yes had, of course, completely reinvented themselves on 90125, so what they needed was a similarly bold statement. Instead, Big Generator was released, an album that was encased in an incredibly heavy sheen of 1980s production: cavernous reverb, shimmery guitar textures, non-existent bass (I still can’t believe Chris Squire gave this album the OK), blasts from synthesized horns.
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