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3 Jon Anderson solo singles – 356

Jon Anderson Solo
Jon Anderson Solo

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

In a week when Jon Anderson’s new solo album 1000 Hands is released for pre-order, we look at 3 old Anderson singles. It’s a random selection but hopefully interesting, all the same. We also talk about the Yes plans for Japan in our 2 pence segment.

  • What 3 singles did we choose?
  • What can we tell about Jon Anderson’s solo work?
  • Are there any clues to 1000 Hands?

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12 replies on “3 Jon Anderson solo singles – 356”

Another though provoking show, as usual. Re Jon’s “1000 Hands” album, I spend almost 4 hours with Brian Chatton at a semi-private party last Sat. in Cincinnati, Ohio. A combination concert, book release party, storytelling, book signing event. Brian told me that he wrote most of the music on the album, starting in ’89-’90, except for some new songs that Jon & others came up with in the last year. Brian said that he & Jon have had a falling out because Jon didn’t give Brian credit for his songwriting, arranging & producing, that he only has a credit on keyboards. Brian said “Jon has no conscience.” I’m giving you an exclusive with this info.

I highly recommend all Yes fans buy Brian Chatton’s new book, “Rolling with Rock Royalty.” It’s filled with over 200 photos, most never seen, some with Jon, and Tony, and tons of great, funny stories from the last 50+ years, of The Warrors, Flaming Youth with Phil Collins, Jackson Heights with Lee Jackson of The Nice, Ringo, Paul McCartney, Hendrix, Meat Loaf and many others. Brian said that Tony Kaye is his best friend. Btw, the keyboard job in Yes was between Tony and Brian. Brian was known as the better pianist, but Tony as the better organist. Jon first met Tony in ’64, and Brian in ’65 when Brian joined The Warriors. The book is only from Brian directly at this point. Reach him on his Facebook page. It’s $29.95 plus shipping. I got one of the first copies last Sat. night from Brian. He just got them on Fri. from the publisher.

Olias was out-of-this-world amazing. I loved Song of Seven, which led me to buy one new solo album after another, only to be disappointed each time. There has been some good music here and there, but nothing has measured up to the first two. I had high hopes for this work with Stolt and Ponty, but after a few listens, they collect dust. Don’t think I’m going to be shelling out for 1000 Hands….

Thanks for another great episode, and thanks for discussing Mike Oldfield and his work. He’s the only musical artist who could possibly dethrone Yes from their perch as my all-time favorite band. Regarding his duality in composing both progressive and popular music, please know that it wasn’t necessarily a choice for him, at least not in the beginning. After creating four (mainly) instrumental-only albums from 1973 through 1978 he began getting pressure from the record label to begin writing more marketable material. It eventually turned into a kind of truce, where Oldfield was allowed to do one long-form piece that filled up one side of an album as long as he filled up the other side with shorter songs. CRISES, as Kevin noted, is a perfect example of this. He may have come to terms with this arrangement after the success of “Moonlight Shadow,” but I don’t think it was a place he really liked going. He has occasionally gone back to all-long form works, such as his most recent RETURN TO OMMADAWN (2017) and 1990’s AMAROK, which many fans regard as his masterpiece.

Thanks Steve. Really interesting stuff about Mike Oldfield. Although I have heard and love things like Ommadawn, QE2, Crises, Five Miles Out, Hergest Ridge and Tubular Bells, I haven’t experienced Amarok as yet. I’ll have to check it out!

James McQuinn, I fear it is only you and I that love Song of Seven. It doesn’t get the recognition you and I clearly believe it deserves. Many songs contain the “other side” of Jon’s lyrics and meoldies at their best- the childlike quality – that works on this album in the way it doesn’t on (say) Circus of Heaven. Those first two albums by JA, where he was really trying to prove himself – proved himself!

Thanks Tim. I will need to listen again to Song of Seven as I fear I may need to refresh my memory…

Hi All,
I was just listening to the Progressive Palavar episode on The Ladder. One of the guys swears that Jon recycled lyrics from Cage of Freedom one one of the Ladder songs – I think New Language but I don’t remember.
Great episode. Olias is awesome. I remember the reboot of Metropolis: the anticipation and then the …
nothing. But Cage of Freedom was a fine song, at least in my memory. Maybe I’ll click and watch.

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