Big Generator

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Big Generator
LP edition
Studio album by Yes
Released 17 September 1987
Recorded Lark Studios, Carimate (Italy, listed in the credits as "Caramati"), Sarm & AIR London (UK), Southcombe, Westlake Audio & Sunset Sound, L.A. (US), late 1985–early 1987
Genre Progressive rock, pop rock
Length 43:38
Label Atco
Producer Yes, Trevor Horn, Trevor Rabin, Paul De Villiers
Yes chronology
9012Live: The Solos
Big Generator
Alternative cover
CD edition
Singles from Big Generator
  1. "Love Will Find a Way"
    Released: 1987
  2. "Rhythm of Love"
    Released: 1987
  3. "Final Eyes"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Big Generator is the twelfth studio album by progressive rock band Yes. Released in 1987, it is the group's last studio album released on Atlantic Records' Atco subsidiary label and the follow-up to their massively successful 1983 album 90125.


A laborious album to make, Big Generator's sessions dragged on for two years, largely because of creative differences. Guitarist Trevor Rabin was aiming to progress beyond 90125, while founding lead vocalist Jon Anderson was beginning to yearn for more traditional Yes music. Trevor Horn, who was a major factor in the success of Yes' previous disc 90125, was part of the early recording sessions. However, he dropped out after a few months due in major part to his inability to get along with keyboardist Tony Kaye. In a 2011 interview with LineaRock Italy, Anderson stated that Horn had told Anderson to stay away from the rehearsal and recording sessions for three months, presumably so that Horn could develop material with the other band members. The band recorded some material in Italy ("Shoot High Aim Low"), moved to London to produce "Rhythm of Love", and finally to Los Angeles to produce the final tracks for the album. Rabin assumed the production duties after the departure of Horn, and is credited for pulling together the final line-up of music on the disc.

The result was an album that was successful commercially, with two songs reaching the US Top 40: "Love Will Find a Way" (also a No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart) and "Rhythm of Love" (their last US Top 40 hit). The album was not as popular as 90125, and feeling that the band was going in a direction he did not want to pursue, Jon Anderson began working on other projects at the conclusion of the Big Generator tour in 1988 including a partial reformation with his Yes bandmates from the 1970s as Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe.

Missing from the Yes "expanded and remastered" 2003/2004 series by Rhino/Warner (like Yessongs, Yesshows and 9012Live: The Solos), Big Generator was finally remastered (with inverted stereo image) and expanded in 2009 by Isao Kikuchi, the album was published by Warner Music Japan as part of their "Yes SHM-CD Papersleeve" series. The album was finally reissued, remastered and expanded with bonus tracks internationally as a part of the box set The Studio Albums 1969-1987, released 2 December 2013 internationally and 24 December 2013 in the US.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rhythm of Love"   Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire 4:47
2. "Big Generator"   Rabin, Kaye, Anderson, Squire, Alan White 4:33
3. "Shoot High Aim Low"   White, Kaye, Rabin, Anderson, Squire 7:01
4. "Almost Like Love"   Kaye, Rabin, Anderson, Squire 4:58
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love Will Find a Way"   Rabin 4:50
2. "Final Eyes"   Rabin, Kaye, Anderson, Squire 6:25
3. "I'm Running"   Rabin, Squire, Anderson, Kaye, White 7:37
4. "Holy Lamb (Song for Harmonic Convergence)"   Anderson 3:19



Additional personnel[edit]

  • Horns on "Almost Like Love": Soul Lips-James Zavala, Lee R. Thornburg, Nick Lane, Greg Smith
  • Harmonica on "Love Will Find a Way": James Zavala
  • Keyboard Programming: Kim Bullard
  • String Arrangements by Trevor Rabin


  • Produced By Yes, Trevor Rabin, Trevor Horn & Paul De Villiers
  • Mixed By Trevor Rabin
  • Engineers: Paul De Villiers & Alan Goldberg (Lark Recording Studios), Dave Meegan, Trevor Rabin, John Jacobs, Paul Massey, David Glover
  • Assistant Engineers: Mike "Spike" Drake, Stuart Breed, Brian Soucy, Lois Oki, Julie Last, Jimmy Preziosi, Mike Kloster
  • Mastered By Stephen Marcussen


Big Generator (Atco 790,522) reached #17 in the UK, and #15 in the US during a chart stay of 30 weeks.

The album, like its predecessor 90125, received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Vinyl version[edit]

The vinyl record cover art is very similar to that of the CD and cassette version, but on different colouring: yellow is replaced by cyan and red by purple. The word YES is in the upper part of the letter G, and the symbol is of red colour and is located on the lower part of the letter G.



AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 15


Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Love Will Find a Way" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
The Billboard Hot 100 30
"Rhythm of Love" Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
The Billboard Hot 100 40
"Shoot High Aim Low" Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
1988 "Final Eyes" Mainstream Rock Tracks 20


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Big Generator – Yes at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  • "Top Pop Albums 1955–2001", Joel Whitburn, c. 2002
  • Yes, "Big Generator" CD Liner Notes. 1987 ATCO Records.
  • Yes, "Big Generator" CD Liner Notes. 2009 Warner Japan Music Records.