Olias Of Sunhillow Hybrid SACD, SACD
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Limited SACD/Hybrid pressing. Jon Anderson, former lead vocalist for Yes, showcases his uncommon gift of blending melodies and harmonies on his 1976 release titled, Olias Of Sunhillow. The album's 8 tracks glide seamlessly from one piece to another.
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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.
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.
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 albums in the mid Seventies with a sense of excitement. And while Squire and Howe had their moments of glory - most of us somehow knew that Jon Anderson's debut vinyl would be a Proggy Humdinger - and it is.
Released in July 1976 on Atlantic K 50261 in the UK and SD 18180 in the USA - "Olias Of Sunhillow" even charted at Number 8 in good old Blighty and has been a treasured work ever since.
1. Ocean Song
2. Meeting/Sound Out The Galleon (Garden Of Geda)
3. Dance Of Ranyart/Olias (To Build The Moorglade)
4. Qoquaq En Transic/Naon/Transic To
5. Flight Of The Moorglade
6. Solid Space
7. Moon Ra/Chords/Song Of Search
8. To The Runner
Those who bought the original record will of course remember not just the fabulous dense music contained within - but the glory of the sleeve - a gatefold with an inner flap and inside that an equally elaborate inner sleeve that seemed to offer up more writing than a Tolkien book - and all of it done in glorious "Moorglade" artwork.
Its fate on 'CD' however has not been so idyllic. Saving us long-haired lotharios from the dreadfully dull German 1990's CD that's been afflicting our shores for years now - along comes the Japanese with no less than a full-on 5" Repro of the artwork and for the first time - a properly decent remaster.
Released 5 October 2011 in Japan-Only on Warner Brothers/Atlantic/Arcangelo ARC-8061 (Barcode 4988044390614) - the disc is a SHM-CD (Super High Materials) and runs to 44:20 minutes.Read more ›
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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What a privilige to hear this once again - Once upon a time I was a somewhat precious prog rocker - obsessed with Yes and they could do no wrong. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Antoine Roberto
Probably 25 years since I heard this last and yet it still manages to captivate. Some of Jon Anderson's most heart melting melodies sung in his own distinctive style. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mike Progfan
Interesting album, very Jon Anderson: mystical and soothing; I enjoyed it.Published 5 months ago by Dr. Sarah Hutchinson
Took me back to my youth, when we used to go to Yes concerts. Forgot just how brilliant this album is, if you are a Yes fan you will not be disappointed.Published 8 months ago by lindyloo
Patrick Moraz (keyboard player with Yes for three years) once said that Jon Anderson was a genius in terms of simplicity, and rather referred that was all! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Keith Plant
A Great Solo album from an artist who never disappoints, typical Jon Anderson quirkiness but if you like 'Yes' you will like this.Published 12 months ago by Mr M. Wright