Big Generator (song)

Big Generator (song)

Infobox Song
Name = Big Generator

Artist = Yes
Album = Big Generator
Released = September 28, 1987
track_no = 3
Recorded = 1985-1987 (exact date and location unknown)
Genre = Pop rock
Length = 4:32
Writer = Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin
Composer = Jon Anderson, Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Alan White
Label = Atco Records
Producer = Yes, Trevor Horn, Trevor Rabin, Paul DeVilliers
prev = "Rhythm of Love"
prev_no = 1
next = "Shoot High, Aim Low"
next_no = 3
"Big Generator" is a song by Yes that appears on their 1987 album, "Big Generator". The song was released as a single [ [ Yesworld] Yes official website, retrieved January 30, 2007.] 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. [ [ Forgotten Yesterdays] Yes tour log, retrieved January 30, 2007.]


The song, according to Jon Anderson, is about how we are all a part of the Earth, its eyes, its ears, its voice. [ [ Forgotten Yesterdays] Yes tour log, retrieved January 30, 2007]

On the album

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 was issued on "", but apparently nowhere else. The remix keeps the verses as they are, but is much compressed by removing a large amount of bridge parts and profusely scrambling choruses. In addition, it includes some vocals not used on the original version.

In the live setting

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 November 14, 1987 lasted for approximately 6:26. As with "Rhythm of Love", the song's intro was never played.


* Jon Anderson - Vocals
* Chris Squire - Bass, Vocals (Background)
* Trevor Rabin - Producer, Guitar, Vocals (Background), Mixing, Keyboards, Engineer, String Arrangements
* Tony Kaye - Keyboards
* Alan White - Drums, Percussion
* Trevor Horn - Producer

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