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Song Of Seven CD

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  • Audio CD (27 May 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000005S6Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,415 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The best track on this album and is one of his greatest tracks which I have never heard on the radio is "Song of Seven", it is an absolute must. Play "Days" then "Song of Seven" it is 15 minutes of sheer magic. Other great tracks on this album are "Everybody Loves You", "Take Your Time" and don't forget the single "Some are Born". It is definitely worth buying for "Song of Seven" alone.
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Song of Seven was Anderson's second solo effort. It is a million miles away from the progressive, arty Olias of Sunhillow. This time round we have a collection of hippyish pop songs. The main attraction of the set is the chance to hear Anderson's voice at its warmest.
The songs are of a good standard, though lacking in the originality of its predecessor. Some my find the lyrics a bit too sweet. Fans of his voice, however, are in for a treat.
The only criticsm of the set that I have is that the lyrics are printed much too small. Sometimes scaling down the vynil cover just isn't a good idea, and this is one of those times.
All in all, a must purchase for fans of his voice, and an admitedly hippyish treat for the rest of us.
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Jon's always had a thing about love. It features a lot in his lyrics. Love of life, understanding, Jane Anderson etc. This album, while quite different from a lot of his progressive work, finds Jon Anderson, lyrically at least, at the height of his robe wearing, tree-worshipping, mantra-chanting strangeness.

The music is mostly as good as ever. It's not prog rock. In fact, it's not rock at all. This is unashamedly a pop album. But Jon's pretty good at pop.

For You Are Me opens with a Jon & Vangelis style synthesiser chord and drumbeat and Jon sort of talks rhythmically over the music. I wouldn't call it rap but it's not really singing. In true J.A style, he opens with a very strong track which paves the way for a great album. It features such lyrical gems as "The climate in itself creates a sound so volatile, it makes these words seem clueless forevermore". I don't know about these words but it left me feeling pretty clueless. I reckon he makes stuff up 'cos it sounds nice.

Some Are Born is not quite as driven by the beat but is a very happy pop number with a nice hook and the first proper sung words on the album. I've always liked Mr. Andersons voice and this is no exception. As ever, his timing and general performance are spot on. Lyrical highlight "then we spend some time just hanging around" (repeat 3 times)

Dont Forget is where this album loses a star. This is because Jon takes his obsession with love too far and creates the cheesiest song I have ever heard. He even sounds like a crooning oap. I don't know why but he really dropped the ball on this one. It's the kind of song you can imagine someone performing at a care home for the aged. And all the residents would be clapping and singing along bless 'em.
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I first bought this album in the 80's and still have it on Vinyl!
I went to a Yes concert in November and had a real 80's revival and set
about finding all those albums from that era and this was one of them.
Jon Anderson has one of those unique voices and when I heard it I
was instantly transformed into a teenager again. The music is like a
good meal not like fast food. Like the food you listen to it, enjoy it, remember
it and leave the table was a sense of having enjoyed something
lasting and substantial. This is how I remember Song Of Seven.
Well worth a listen, as good today as 30 years ago and twice as
fulfilling than some modern chart music!!
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When I bought this album as a teenager on its release I was disappointed by the inclusion of almost pastiche-like RnB, mellow jazz and pop sounds when I wanted more Yes. I reluctantly jettisoned all my vinyl decades ago and never replaced this one on CD. But I remember having a kind of affection for its warmth so bought it recently on MP3. And it is outstanding. More than that, it contains in my view the best music Jon Anderson has ever written and more perfectly distills his unique and precious sense of music's power to express love and exaltation than anything else he's ever done.

Side one (as most people considering an album of this vintage will still call it) is full of a wide range of pop songs, from (bearing in mind his voice and lyrical sensibility) pretty traditional RnB/rock to things only he could have written, like the declamatory and joyful opener "For You are me". Many songs appear very simple but every one has its moment of magic - an unexpected melody, vocal harmony, splash of guitar or rhythmic twist - that is the sign of an astonishing creative force working with and directing brilliant and perfectly-chosen session musicians. This is pop with a delightful prog open-mindedness, creativity and musical wit. (And, yes, I know some of those words don't sit with most people's perceptions of prog rock but that's probably because they're listening to the wrong prog rock.)

But, to quote another reviewer, side two is where the magic happens. "Take your time" sounds at first like mellow, hippy-ish fluff but it sets a mood that few rock songs ever do and paves the way for the album's central pieces.
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