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Olias Of Sunhillow [Import]

Jon Anderson Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000CSUMDA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ocean Song
2. Meeting (Garden Of Gesa)-Sound Out The Galleon
3. Dance Of Ranyart-Olias (To Guild The Moorglade)
4. Qoquag En Transic-Naon-Transic-To
5. Flight Of The Moorglade
6. Solid Space
7. Moon Ra-Chords-Song Of Search
8. To The Runner

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An album full of class 21 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is full of haunting melodies surrounded by complex rythms and arrangements, sometimes coming to a spine tingling crescendo and at others floating through the air to soothe the mind. This album was written at a time when progressive music was at it's creative peak and because of this fact it doesn't dissapoint. It is a piece of work that was underrated at it's release but has stood the test of time. I would recommend this album strongly even if you are not a Yes fan.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The odyssey of the doomed planet Sunhillow and how Olias, one of its leaders, creates a ship, "The Moorglade", that he uses to escape his world, accompanied by many tribespeople. Attacked by the enemy Moon Ra while in flight, Olias overcomes by sheer will and calm. Eventually finding a suitable planetary home (possibly the Earth?) they land. There are hints in the lyrics that they become the founding fathers of the Aryan race.
This story is the backdrop to a wonderfully inspired piece of musical creativity from Jon Anderson. Laden with atmosphere and incorporating harp, acoustic guitar and highly original sounds that fit the theme perfectly, this is a delightful and tuneful masterpiece.
The original cover was also a work of art, sadly lost in the CD version. I was also disappointed that only half the lyrics were reproduced here. This is one to buy and listen to for the rest of your life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's no such thing as bad press 19 Aug 2009
By Knotyou
Format:Audio CD
I nicked a music magazine (Vinyl Collector?) from a reception room somewhere because there was a section on prog music. In the margins they asserted albums to be avoided and Jon Anderson's Olias' was a prime suspect. I remembered the album being played by the 'upper 6th' at school, thinking then that it sounded like a movie and that the band defined 'organic'. Twenty or more?.. years later I discover that apart from some strings and engineering Olias of Sunhillow is written, performed and produced all by the man himself and the album sounds even more amazing than I remember.

Melody is king and there's reams of it here suffused with way ahead of it's time synth arrangements and knee wobble percussion all held together by Andersons unusual voice and singing.

I am hoping that Olias will give us an update sometime and that when we strangle the last breath out of mummy Earth, there will be room for a few no hopers wherever he and his people are.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing back the memories! 22 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first had this as an LP back in the 70s but it got lost somewhere. Saw Jon recently in Liverpool and he played a song from it so I had to get the CD. Shame you can't read the cover details on the CD but the music still sounds great- to Jon Anderson fans anyway!!It won't be to everyone's taste but who cares!!?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon's Masterpiece..... 16 April 2007
By DSR VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I remember the afternoon that I first heard this album, together with "Voyage Of The Acolyte" by Steve Hackett. These two albums have been played many times over the last thirty plus years and have stood the test of time incredibly well, becoming long term favourites.

Recorded during a time when the members of Yes pursued their own projects, the music on this album is extremely hard to categorise, having an eastern, almost mystical quality to it that makes it quite unique in the scheme of things. The layers of instruments are quite complex and very different to anything around at the time. Jon used the shape and sounds of words as well as their meaning, which often explained the strangeness of his lyrics on this and many of his "Yes" compositions and this style works supremely well here.

The sound as presented on this CD hasn't been "tweaked" for the modern age the way many re-masterings have and so sounds rather thin and lacking in body and weight. I'm not criticising, just making a point that master tapes originally optimised for the LP medium don't always transfer to CD without some sympathetic work being done on them...

Most of you who know the music of Yes will know this album well by now. If you don't, I suggest you give it a try. The captivating sounds and genuine story should win you over...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Very inventive and captivating debut solo work from Jon Anderson, lead singer for Yes. Written in the fantasy vein of Topographic Oceans and Relayer, this work tells the story of flyng ships on the warpath. The record album had an illustrated panel story to accompany the tracks. The music is wonderous and the lyrics have a sinister edge to them. It is my regret, despite the range and excellence of music Mister Anderson has provided since this work, that he did not create more during this period because it is the forte of his career.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magic that never fades 5 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
Olias of Sunhillow is the most treasured album in my collection. I'm sure it had to do with the time in my life when I first heard it (about 17), but Olias was the ultimate fantastic escape from reality. I have it on CD now (it doesn't suffer from this at all) and still enjoy it regularly. The lyrics sometimes seem a bit nonsensical to me, but I've come to see that they have a poetic quality of tone (maybe carefully chosen for their tone) and imagery that add much to the musical masterpiece.
It's hard to describe Olias to one who hasn't heard it. It is driven by multiple percussion layers, multiple layers of vocal and choral harmony, and the synth work that Jon Anderson experimented with ties it all together in a sheer harmonic brilliance. Jon Anderson made this album alone, and there is a beauty is experiencing the intimate spell he weaves. One could easily imagine him in his studio laying down layer upon layer of music. It is both joyous, relaxing, and a celebration of creativity.
Please allow a special "thank you" to Jon Anderson, "for not holding back your imagination."
Buy it, listen to it, love it.
Peace.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
can't beat a bit of nostalgia
Published 1 month ago by chrisw
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album at an Excellent Price.
I have had this album in my vinyl collection from its origin and always thought I would eventually update to the CD for ease of use. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. P. G. Betts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Solo from the Yes frontman
Not quite up there with the previous few Yes albums, but this is nevertheless a great piece of Prog history and still as enjoyable today as when released almost 40 years ago.
Published 1 month ago by OneLiveBadger
5.0 out of 5 stars "....Set Sights To New Lands..." - Olias Of Sunhillow by JON ANDERSON...
Encouraged by the brilliance of "Relayer" in 1974 (with Patrick Moraz at the keyboards instead of Rick Wakeman) - like most YES fans at the time - I awaited the inevitable Solo... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
2.0 out of 5 stars Yes or No?
Played this over and over again and still the songs don't go anyway. Not even his voice brings it round. A album to cure my insomnia.
Published 1 month ago by NIDGE
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the music, 3 stars for the packaging...
I originally purchased this album in 1976, aged 15, with my paper round money, one of the first records I ever bought in fact, and probably the strongest of the Yes solo projects... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. G. Burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP MUSIC
This is by far the best solo album by any member of YES. It simply transports you into another world with it's stunning artwork ( best appreciated by the LP cover and inserts if... Read more
Published 5 months ago by BROADSWORD
5.0 out of 5 stars SACD does make a difference
Bought this for the SACD aspect. The sound and separation is superb. It is a shame that this type of CD costs so much but sometimes it is worth the cost for what it brings to your... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Manxted
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated
This was Jon at his most innovative and least inhibited. Made between 'Relayer' and 'Going for the One' it bears more resemblance to so called 'new age' music of the 1990s. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Victor
5.0 out of 5 stars memories of YES
Brought back memories of when Jon Anderson was in YES. I have this album on LP but CD more convenient to play.
Published 7 months ago by sharon thornton
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