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When purple things are pulsating on your mind, I'm the one whose clock you want to clean. Aiding is Sparky, the Astral Plane Zen Pup Dog from his mountain stronghold on the Northernmost Island of the Happy Ninja Island chain, this blog will also act as a journal to my wacky antics at an entertainment company and the progress of my self published comic book, The Deposit Man which only appears when I damn well feel like it. Real Soon Now.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Big Generator released September 17, 1987 reunited the same line up from the previous incarnation that brought us 90125, albeit a much better effort in the PP Guru's all encompassing opinion. Three years in the making (not by choice, the PP Guru assures you - lots of technical glitches in the recording process and studio scheduling snafus were to blame), the songwriting evokes some gospel influence and Beach Boys doo wop singing as evident on the opening track, Rhythm of Love and Almost Like Love. On the epic scale, Trevor Rabin's technical prowess really shines on I'm Running and Shoot High, Aim Low. More peyote plundering and religious leanings makes a return in possibly one of Jon Anderson's best penned songs of the eighties on Holy Lamb (Song For Harmonic Converge) which closes the album beautifully. Love Will Find a Way was a song that Rabin had originally wrote for Stevie Nicks. Her procrastination in getting around to record it led Rabin to pull it and give it to the band to work on.

The album cover continues the computer generated trend from the last album. Roger Dean would not return to the Yes canon for another two years. Well, sort of as we'll find out in tomorrow's episode.

Del Mar, Ca Adjacent to Cardiff to the Sea whereas the PP Guru
drifted off to limbo for a period of 4 years.

Between the release of this album and the last - The PP Guru made the trek across America to settle in Cardiff-By-The-Sea, Ca in 1985 after stops in Virginia (to clear up matters on his failed engagement to Tamar Proper), Kansas City, Lincoln Neb, and Aztec, NM to visit members of family on both sides of the PP Guru family. He rented a room in a house with two other abusive drunks who had a very cute daughter, Jennifer Ellis that the PP Guru ended up dating for a while. He got a job working on packing vitamins and health food products in a warehouse where he stayed for four and a half years. Boughts shitloads of comic books and cassettes and basically become nothing but a beach bum recluse trapped in paradise limbo. He began to study the cheeky bikini bottom female anatomy at various strip clubs mostly occupied by Camp Pendleton jarheads and tried to keep up in Coors lights consumption with Jennifer Ellis' brother, Jene who was his roommate in a condo surrounded by a lagoon that teemed with wildlife such as water moccasins and roaming coyotes. Another roommate, John Gorman got along with the PP Guru and played one of the best delightful pranks that the PP Guru will remember to this very day: We both got so blitzed one night that we pulled up to a Carl's Jr drive through service and billigerently ordered a couple of slices of cheese for only 30 cents apiece. John Gorman of Gluster and the PP Guru both attended Yes' Big Generator tour at the San Diego Sports Arena and admittingly doesn't a have cognizant memory of the event. Although memories of Roger Water's solo tour at the same venue are more easily accessible. Other than that, there's nothing much to see here.

Now selling - single slices of cheese for 30 cents at the drive thru window.

Personal: the same as the last album now dubbed by Yes net freaks as YES WEST. Guests: Soul List (James Zavala, Lee R. Thornberg, Nick Lane, Greg Smith) -- horns Almost Like Love. James Zavala -- harmonica Love Will Find A Way.

Favorite lyric line: Exchanges in the currency of humans bought and sold/ and the leaders seem to lose control
- Shoot High, Aim Low (White/Kaye/Rabin/Anderson/Squire)

Produced by Yes, Trevor Rabin, Paul De Villiers, Trevor Horn. Recorded in Italy, SARM and Air Studios in London and various studios in Los Angeles.

All in a sharp step straight up the ass to:


Big Generator

Big Generator
Album cover
Album by Yes
ReleaseSeptember 17, 1987
GenreProgressive rock
Length43 min 14 s
Trevor Horn
Trevor Rabin
Paul DeVilliers
Professional reviews
Yes chronology
9012Live: The Solos
Big Generator

Big Generator is an album by progressive rock band Yes. It was released in 1987 (see 1987 in music) under the label Atco.

Track listing

  1. "Rhythm of Love" (Anderson, Kaye, Rabin, Squire) - 4:48
  2. "Big Generator" (Anderson, Kaye, Rabin, Squire, White) - 4:33
  3. "Shoot High Aim Low" (Anderson, Kaye, Rabin, Squire, White) - 7:02
  4. "Almost Like Love" (Anderson, Kaye, Rabin, Squire) - 4:58
  5. "Love Will Find a Way" (Rabin) - 4:50
  6. "Final Eyes" (Anderson, Kaye, Rabin, Squire) - 6:25
  7. "I'm Running" (Anderson, Kaye, Rabin, Squire) - 7:37
  8. "Holy Lamb (Song for Harmonic Convergence)" (Anderson) - 3:20


  • Jon Anderson - Vocals
  • Trevor Rabin - Producer, Guitar, Vocals (Background), Mixing, Keyboards, Engineer, String Arrangements
  • Chris Squire - Guitar (Bass), Vocals (Background)
  • Tony Kaye - Keyboards
  • Jimmy "Z" Zavala - Harmonica, Horn
  • Trevor Horn - Horn, Producer
  • Greg Smith - Horn
  • Nick Lane - Horn
  • Lee Thornburg - Horn
  • Greg "Frosty" Smith - Horn
  • Alan White - Drums, Percussion

Additional personnel

  • Paul DeVilliers - Engineer, Producer
  • Allan Goldberg - Engineer
  • Dave Glover - Engineer
  • Jon Jacobs - Engineer
  • Paul Massey - Engineer
  • Dave Meegan - Engineer
  • Alan Goldberg - Engineer
  • Julie Last - Assistant Engineer
  • Stuart Breed - Assistant Engineer
  • Mike Drake - Assistant Engineer
  • Lois Oki - Assistant Engineer
  • Mike Kloster - Assistant Engineer
  • Jim Preziosi - Assistant Engineer
  • Brian Soucy - Assistant Engineer
  • Spike Drake - Assistant Engineer
  • Stephen Marcussen - Mastering
  • Kim Bullard - Keyboard Programming


Album - Billboard (North America)

1987The Billboard 20015

Singles - Billboard (North America)

1987"Love Will Find a Way"Mainstream Rock Tracks1
1987"Love Will Find a Way"The Billboard Hot 10030
1987"Rhythm of Love"Mainstream Rock Tracks2
1987"Rhythm of Love"The Billboard Hot 10040
1987"Shoot High Aim Low"Mainstream Rock Tracks11
1988"Final Eyes"Mainstream Rock Tracks20

Nothing else I can think of adding, Sparks


  • At 10:59 AM , Blogger Coat said...

    Wow - talk about strange timings.

    The PP Guru got a e-mail from none other than John Gorman concerning this strange era of events:

    Subject: One Slice of Cheese, Please

    Hey PP Guru!

    Wassup? I am visiting San Diego and went by the Ocean Cove Appt. The balcony is covered with plants. It brought back lots of wild memories - all of the characters that used to go there.

    I went to where Doug and Barb used to live - he had a trailer behind the Belly Up Tavern.(where Marillion played last Tuesday evening) Now it's just a bunch of trash. In wonder what ever happened to Troy and the other Bong Dudes. They are all old now, like us.

    It sure got crowded around here!

    Hope things are well with you.




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