Rerun – Olias of Sunhillow – 566

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Ken Fuller, Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

Jon Anderson’s conceptual epic, Olias of Sunhillow, is under the microscope this week.

  • Does this album live up to its amazing reputation?
  • How does Jon Anderson get on playing all the instruments?
  • Does Olias feel like a complete work or a bit bolted together?
Olias of Sunhillow by Jon Anderson

Mark’s and Kevin’s copies of Olias of Sunhillow:



German CD

YMP Patrons:


  • Joseph Cottrell
  • Ken Fuller
  • Jeffrey Crecelius and
  • Wayne Hall


Aaron Steelman

Dave Owen

Mark James Lang
Paul Tomei
Joost Maglev

David Heyden

Paul Wilson
Martin Kjellberg
Bob Martilotta
Michael O’Connor
William Hayes
Brian Sullivan

David Pannell

Lobate Scarp
Miguel Falcão
Chris Bandini

David Watkinson

Neal Kaforey
Rachel Hadaway
Craig Estenes
Mark ‘Zarkol’ Baggs
Paul Hailes
Doug Curran

Robert Nasir

Fergus Cubbage
Scott Colombo
Fred Barringer
Geoff Bailie
Simon Barrow
Geoffrey Mason

Stephen Lambe
Guy R DeRome
Steve Dill
Henrik Antonsson
Steve Perry

Hogne Bø Pettersen
Steve Rode
Declan Logue
Steve Scott
Todd Dudley
Jamie McQuinn

Steven Roehr

John Parry
Keith Hoisington
Alan Begg
Terence Sadler
John Holden
Barry Gorsky
Michael Handerhan
Tim Stannard

Jon Pickles
John Thomson
John Cowan
Tony Handley
Gary Betts

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Not final artwork – just me messing about with one of my old photos

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4 replies on “Rerun – Olias of Sunhillow – 566”

Always a good time to talk about the very special album Olias. Released on my 17th Birthday I remember clearly, as I listened to a Jon Anderson interview on Piccadilly radio in Manchester around the release date and them playing lots of the album if not all of it.

A life changing album for me, who was at the time a teenager looking for something, I had just discovered Yes but this one cemented in place the utter brilliance of not just Jon but Yes as a whole.

My go to album to escape the world and for comfort, it has always been a 10/10 for me. I even went under the name of Olias, Olias of Bolton in the fan world for zines in the 80s, this album has always been around me.

A couple of years ago I had the greatest honour of working on the re-release of the CD, that was as good as it gets for myself, to get my name inside. The image above of Jon is taken by myself from the pencil artwork and this comes from the original drawing to be used inside the Gatefold cover.

If you would like that something extra with your Olias then a number of my Olias collectables appeared in the 2021 CD booklet, so if you don’t have that edition, do search it out at or at Cherry Red Records.

Olias is Jon’s masterpiece and that hasn’t changed after 47 years. It’s my 2nd favorite Yes solo album after Chris’ Fish Out of Water. That’s not likely to change regardless of any future release, Zamran or otherwise.

OMG – November, 2016 – the very month I booked my first Cruise To The Edge! (February of 2017)

What more can be said about ‘Olias’ except to mention the exquisitely remastered re-release on CD and DVD – 5.1 DTS and Dolby Surround – from… last year? The year before? These last couple of years have been difficult for us all.

Aaaahhh… and, yes (see what I did there?), all the optimistic prognostications concerning something called “ARW”…

…I hate to say “I told you so,” (no – wait – I don’t hate it at all!), but,


That was a great bit of fun blast from the past, guys.


Thanks for the show and comments. What a great album. I only heard it for the first time a few weeks ago due to the rave you folks gave it. Such a soundscape masterpiece. I like to think of Olias sailing in the Cosmos, for a while traveling beside Carl Sagan in his ship of the imagination.

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