Big Generator (song)

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"Big Generator"
Song by Yes
from the album Big Generator
Released28 September 1987
Recorded1985-1987 (exact date and location unknown)
Length4:33 (Big Generator version)
3:41 (The Ultimate Yes version)
LabelAtco Records
Composer(s)Jon Anderson, Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Alan White
Lyricist(s)Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin
Producer(s)Yes, Trevor Horn, Trevor Rabin, Paul De Villiers

"Big Generator" is a song by Yes that appears on their 1987 album, Big Generator. The song was released as a single[1] exclusively in the U.S., and was backed with itself. It appeared on every show on the Big Generator tour, but nowhere else to date.[2]


The song, according to Jon Anderson, is about how we are all a part of the Earth, its eyes, its ears, its voice.[3]

On the album[edit]

This song, which sounds as if to be in the same vein as "Rhythm of Love", "Love Will Find a Way" and others (it is also sometimes compared to "Owner of a Lonely Heart", being a harder rock number), is second in order on the album.

A remix of "Big Generator" was first issued in July of 1988 on a 12-inch promo single, then later in 2004 on The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection. The remix of the song keeps the verses exactly as they were, but is much altered and compressed from the original song by replacing the vocal arrangement introduction with their first line "Big generator". In addition to the conclusion of the remix of "Big Generator", it features some vocals not included on the original version of the song during most of the year.

In the live setting[edit]

Typically, the song was performed just after "Shoot High Aim Low". Discounting announcements, it usually lasted for about five minutes, but sometimes lasted longer; the performance on 14 November 1987 lasted for approximately 6:26. As with "Rhythm of Love", the song's intro was never played.


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Yesworld Archived 3 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine Yes official website, retrieved 30 January 2007.
  2. ^ Forgotten Yesterdays Yes tour log, retrieved 30 January 2007.
  3. ^ Forgotten Yesterdays Archived 5 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine Yes tour log, retrieved 30 January 2007

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