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JON ANDERSON Animation Optio Media OPIOVP01CD (2006)

Jon Anderson

The Voice of Yes, the high pitched perfect melodies, the distinct tones. When Anderson first left Yes , he recorded a number of solo albums, including this set in 1982, and not only is it a masterful blend of prog rock and uptempo pop, but it also features an all star cast.

Alongside Anderson you have bassist Stafano Cerri, guitarist Clem Clempson, drummer Simon Phillips and pianist David Sancious. Then there's the guests including Ronnie Leahy (Stone The Crows, Nazareth etc), Ian Wallace (King Crimson), Jack Bruce and more.

Opener 'Olympia' is a magical pop/rock, uptempo, a touch of new wave. The nine minute title track is a touch more progressive (in Yes fashion), and 'Surrender' is a little more offbeat.

There's vocal harmonies you'll enjoy too. Quite a poppy approach to, but this was just before Anderson rejoined Yes for 90125 so that should be a good indication too.

Surprisingly good, refreshing too.

The booklet and bonus tracks will please the Yes fan and more.


Review by Joe Geesin

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** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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