Label: ATCO Records, WEA Records Ltd.
Catalog#: B 9817 T, 796 881-0
Format: Vinyl, 12″”
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Prog Rock
A Owner Of A Lonely Heart (Red And Blue Mix)
B1 Owner Of A Lonely Heart
B2 Our Song
Engineer – Gary Langan
Producer – Trevor Horn
“”Owner of a Lonely Heart”” is a song by the English progressive rock band Yes. It is the first track and single from their eleventh studio album 90125, released in 1983. Written primarily by guitarist Trevor Rabin, contributions were made to the final version by lead singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire and producer Trevor Horn.
“”Owner of a Lonely Heart”” was released in October 1983, as the album first single. It was a commercial success in the United States, becoming the band first and only single to reach number one on Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song went to #62 on November 5, 1983 and went down to the top 10 within 7 weeks. In 1984, the song made #8 on the year-end charts.
The song has been sampled by various artists including Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa and Max Graham, whose 2005 single reached the top 10 in the UK chart.
The first version was a four track version Rabin recorded at his home studio in London in 1980. Rabin played all instruments on the demo as well as singing.
The song was first recognized as a potential hit when Rabin played the demo to Ron Fair who was then a junior A&R man at RCA records. Rabin was to record the song along with many others as an album for RCA. (The majority of these songs become the majority of the songs on YES 90125 album.)
Rabin ultimately declined the solo deal with RCA and joined up with Chris Squire, Alan White and Tony Kaye to form a band called Cinema, later changing the name to YES.
During the making of the YES version, Rabin reworked the song. Ideas from Jon Anderson, Chris Squire and Trevor Horn also were included, which resulted in Anderson, Squire and Horn receiving co-writing credits, although it remained essentially a song written by Rabin.
The song music video, directed by Storm Thorgerson, received a great deal of airplay on MTV, introducing the revamped Yes line up and sound to a new generation of fans largely unfamiliar with the band very different earlier work, which had helped to define the genre of progressive rock. The mostly black-and-white video harkens the Orwellian world of 1984.
Notably, keyboardist Tony Kaye does not appear in the video. At the time of the video shoot, Eddie Jobson was standing in as the band keyboardist. He can be seen briefly in a few quick shots, but he was not part of the video “”animal transformation”” scene in which the other four band members take part. Ultimately, Kaye returned to the line up, and Jobson never recorded any material with the band