I have to tell you my story :) This was my first Jon & Vangelis album, which I bought after I got acquainted with his music through Oceanic and 1492 - the Conquest of Paradise - these were my very first moments with Vangelis, then came Page of Life.
That was a big surprise. In the beginning I hated the album. It seemed to lack composition and depth and the vocals of Jon Anderson seemed so awful. I disliked the album so much that I shoved it deep into my drawer (!) thinking how it was possible that this same man only year later (1992) produced such a wonderful music for Ridley Scott's "1492".
However, something within me told me to try again... At first I started to like Garden of Senses, the only song that back then sounded magical to me. And the vocals were bearable. The instrumental tracks, Jazzy Box and Little Guitar were however still not enough, although at least that strange voice was not on them. Slowly, slowly I became drawn by the melodies. Page of Life sounded strange - melodic as hell, but the lyrics were so pretentious. With time I even began to love Jon’s voice and I found pleasure in listening to his (over)sweet lyrics.
And so, after some time I learned to like this record - now I love it. The whole of it. It sounds a bit dated (the "horns" in Money!) but it has this strange quality for me. Like on many YES record covers - Dali-esque landscapes, strange magic lands. This is it. This is also in the music. They created their own musical world, a mythological sonic Eden. Once you crack the code the journey is wonderful. Once you let this music permeate you, you start to love it. Just give it a try. (Do I have to add I now have all of their albums?)