Throwback Thursday: Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart

A true definition of a Rock classic, Owner of a Lonely Heart is a song released by English progressive rock band Yes.

Interestingly enough, the song went through a number of phases before becoming the classic we know of today. Original written by Trevor Rabin (who released the demo version here in 2003), the song was picked up Trevor Horn (who was producing the Yes album at the time) and felt that the album was missing a hit single. Having heard the Rabin track on some demo tapes, he re-wrote the verses and the structure of the song, converting it to the classic its known as today.

This song is reputedly one of the first songs to ever sample a breakbeat, which was taken from Funk, Inc.’s “Kool Is Back” (1972), itself a cover of Kool & the Gang’s “Kool Is Back”.

Below you can see the video to the song as well as an interview with Trevor Horn who discusses the production of the song.

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