A 10-CD box set called Changes focusing on ex-Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin‘s solo career was released this week. The collection features remastered versions of five of the South African-born musician’s solo albums, plus various unreleased studio, live and soundtrack recordings.
“I feel pretty proud of it,” Rabin tells ABC Audio of Changes. “And they’ve done a great job packaging it.”
Trevor says the idea for his box set came from Gonzo Multimedia label founder Rob Ayling, and he admits he initially was “a bit iffy” about the project.
“I said, ‘Well, there’s some stuff I’m not really that happy with,"” he recalls. “And [Rob] said, ‘Well, it’s all about…the kind of process and the journey that you’ve taken.’ So I ultimately thought it was a great idea.” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
The albums featured in the box set include 1977’s Beginnings, 1979’s Face to Face, 1981’s Wolf, 1989’s Can’t Look Away, 2003’s 90124 compilation and the previously unreleased two-CD Live in Boston 1989.
Rabin says Wolf was a particularly memorable project, noting that it featured contributions from Cream bassist Jack Bruce, keyboardist Manfred Mann and acclaimed session drummer Simon Phillips. Trevor recorded the album at The Kinks‘ Konk Studios in London, and he co-wrote one track with Ray Davies, who served as Wolf’s executive producer.
Demos of new songs Rabin recorded after Wolf — eventually released on the 90124 compilation — wound up becoming the basis for Yes’ smash 1983 album 90125. Trevor initially teamed up with then-former Yes members Chris Squire, Alan White and Tony Kaye in a group dubbed Cinema, but when founding frontman Jon Anderson joined the project, the musicians decided to simply call themselves Yes.
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