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Episode 114 – Yes Tracks Through Time – Part 6 – Owner of a Lonely Heart

Owner of a Lonely Heart
The best-known Yes track of all time

The one hundred and fourteenth episode of the Yes Music Podcast, featuring various performances of Owner of a Lonely Heart.

  • How has this track been approached by different line-ups?
  • What effect does Steve Howe have when he’s present?
  • Can anyone play that Rabin solo apart from him?

Listen and see if you agree with me, then get involved by contacting me via any of the methods below.

Please get involved with the YMP e-book – for a copy of the guidelines, please see the full show notes below…



As you probably know, we are planning a series of e-books covering the various stages of YES music and based around some of the Yes Music Podcast episodes.

Our first publication will cover the period from Tormato in 1978 to Talk in 1994 inclusive – a sixteen year span that saw many changes in the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

We are looking for contributions from YMP listeners in order to make this a community effort.

If you have anecdotes, images of the band or of memorabilia for inclusion in this e-book, we would love to include them.

Unfortunately, there’s a bit of information I need to give you now to make sure we all understand how we are going to run this project.

The e-books will be sold and ALL proceeds will be donated to an international music charity.

Before you submit anything, please note the following:

All material you send us must be owned by you and therefore your own copyright… this means for example that if you send us a photo, it must be YOU who took the photo and is therefore owned by you.

Please avoid sending photographs of standard album covers or other standard items – try and make your contribution as unusual as possible. We also don’t want to risk annoying any of the copyright holders of those original pieces of artwork – what we are really after is photos of treasured items you have in your collection, maybe even with you in the shot – so it’s obviously not an attempt to sell Roger Dean’s or anyone else’s artwork.

If you send an anecdote, make it first hand (it happened TO you or you were there when it happened and can vouch for it as a witness).

The e-book will be sold under what’s called a creative commons licence, so you will need to take a look at the details of that on the website to make sure you are happy with it.

This is a crowd-sourced, charity project so obviously, there will be no payment to anyone associated with these publications.

Everyone involved is donating their time, materials and expertise to create, edit and format the e-book but we may have to pay fees for online facilities to sell, distribute and collect monies from the sale of the e-book.

We will choose a distribution method that minimises these costs. All monies left after those costs will be donated to the chosen international music charity.

We have not yet finalised the price to purchasers of the e-book but intend it to be lower than the price of a single album on a well known download site.

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We cannot return material to you so do not send actual(physical) items to us in the post, just send digital items via the following two ways:

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Here are some examples of how you may want to format your name for publication : Kevin Mulryne, or K. Mulryne, or Kevin M, or Kevin M from Atlanta:Georgia, or K Mulryne – London, England. It’s up to you.

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The closing date for contributions is 31st January, 2014 and we hope to be able to publish the first ebook in February 2014.

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Show links

YouTube playlist for this episode

Voice for Yes promo video

Steve Howe interview

Jon Anderson interview

The Creative Commons license we intend to use for the e-book

Progressive Nation at Sea 2014 (Jon Anderson headlining)

Vote for Yes in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations


Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and

7 replies on “Episode 114 – Yes Tracks Through Time – Part 6 – Owner of a Lonely Heart”

Thanks, Kevin. Yes I am aware of that recording which has its moments. I didn’t include it because of the odd line-up (i.e. arguably not a ‘real’ Yes version) but now I think it might have been a good idea. Oh well… thanks for listening.

Hi Kevin, thanks for the the clip of the Trevor Horn tribute concert – interesting to see/hear the horn section and Trevor R singing. Think it was a missed opportunity here – maybe to let Steve H loose on one of the guitar solos or had him ‘duel’ with Trevor R on the middle solo using Steve’s trademark guitar sounds. Have you heard “The Producers” (Trevor Horn and Co) doing OOALH? and here is TH again discussing the song

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