The secrets behind Trevor Rabin's guitar tone on Yes's Owner of a Lonely Heart

Trevor Rabin
Trevor Rabin and Chris Squire of Yes performing live onstage (Image credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

The union of four previous members of Yes (Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Alan White and Tony Kaye), producer Trevor Horn (who also was a member of Yes) and up-and-coming South African solo artist Trevor Rabin proved to be a whole greater than the sum of its parts. 

This was confirmed by Owner of a Lonely Heart, which became the band’s first and only Number One hit in January 1984. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.