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Owner of a Lonely Heart – 12-inch Single (Vinyl)

Review by Gary Hill

It used to be that at Music Street Journal we didn’t cover things that were out of print. The thinking was, “why tell someone something is great if they can’t get it? “ Well, the internet today allows items like this to be available pretty easily and reasonably inexpensively, so that means I have started going through my collection and reviewing some of these type things. This 12-inch single is pretty cool. Please note that two of the songs here I’ve already reviewed before. So, for the sake of consistency the track reviews presented here are drawn from those original ones.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2014  Volume 1 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Side A
Owner of a Lonely Heart (Special “Red & Blue” Remix Dance Version)
Very processed and rhythmic, this works surprising well in a dance remix. It does tend to drag on a bit long given the lack of variety here. It’s also interesting to note that since the sleeve gives the same credits as presented on the 90125 album, Jon Anderson’s name is first in the credits. Yet, I don’t think I can hear him at all on this remix. Trevor Rabin’s voice is heard throughout, though.
Side B
Owner of a Lonely Heart (Edited Version)
A quick percussion run gives way to the familiar crunch guitar line. While this cut is an understated hard rocking piece, it has been quite influential, in off all music, R & B, in its production. This is not what one would normally think of as "Yes music.” It's not prog and is definitely overplayed. Still, it does have its moments. Although this is a “edited version,” it doesn’t really feel much different than the album version.
Our Song (LP Version)
I've always felt that this cut has some of the most Yesish texture of anything on 90125, but it feels almost more like '80s era Kansas trying to sound like Yes. Still, this is a good rocker.

 

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