Yes, “Our Song” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

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“Our Song,” the B-side to Yes’ mega hit “Owner of The Lonely Heart” is the weakest track on 1983’s 90125. However, even this tune fares well against contemporaries on the charts at the time.

In fact, “Our Song” reached No. 32 on the U.S. rock charts. Perhaps this is a testament to the irrefutable back beat provided by Alan White and Chris Squire. The two could bring out the best in any track, and contribute to the few progressive rock elements here. It’s also hard to fault Trevor Rabin’s irresistible stadium-rock guitar intro, which leads in to a tight and not overly flashy lead guitar riff.

Jon Anderson, who wrote this with Rabin, Squire and White, delivers a rock vocal like only he can. Lyrically, “Our Song” – partly about a touring experience in the city of Toledo, Ohio – is good rock fare and is only interrupted by a lyrical Rabin guitar solo reminiscent of Brian May.

What doesn’t work for me is the keyboard sound, which was appropriate at that time for other artists but not for the world’s greatest progressive rock band. Let’s blame programmers Dave Lawson and/or Jonathan Jeczalik for that. Equally pedestrian is Trevor Rabin’s synth playing, which overshadows his tasteful piano on “Our Song.”

Preston Frazier’s YESterdays is a song-by-song feature that explores the unforgettable musical legacy of Yes. The series runs every other Tuesday.

Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier is a bass-playing lawyer living in Atlanta. His first Steely Dan exposure was with an eight-track cassette of 'Pretzel Logic.' He can be reached at slangofages@icloud.com; follow him on Twitter: @slangofages. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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  • Creaulx

    Different strokes, I love the accessible sound and driving beat of “Our Song”, to me it could have possibly been a single; but then my tastes have always run off course from the mainstream. I have had a video for this song percolating in my head since 1983.

    • Preston Frazier

      It’s a fun song and was a rock chart hit. With an album full of strong songs it’s my least vaforite, but I still like it.

  • brian t

    “Our Song” was an important milestone in my bass education, ever since the Guitar Player review of 90125 called it a “one song electric bass primer”. It was the first or second bassline I ever learned in full – the other was Rush’s “Grand Designs” – and I’d advise any adventurous bassist to give it a go.

    • Preston Frazier

      I need to try that on bass. It does have multi layers of good stuff.

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