Song Of Seven CD
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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.
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.Read more ›
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!!
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.Read more ›
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'Song of Seven' is perhaps one of Jon Anderson's more charming solo albums. It defies pigeon-holing because it embraces a multitude of genres, touching on prog, folk and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by WOOLLY MAMMOTH
The CD arrived as advised on time and well-packaged.
This album was produced a good many years ago and was one I had as a cassette tape so I was delighted to be re-acquainted... Read more
Many people have used the adjective distinctive for singers, but it's just natural to attach the term to Jon Anderson's voice. Read morePublished on 8 May 2014 by L. Rushton
Had this on vinyl when I was young. Not as brilliant as I remember it! But it's not that bad!Published on 21 Mar. 2014 by Miss Lindsay C Edgar
i have allways liked jon anderson as i met him afew times and he gave me a couple of tickets for yes a couple of times,but he is a very good musican and writerPublished on 31 July 2013 by simba
bought as a replacement for worn out copy. wouldn't be without it.wish there were more like this.
goes well with change we must and 90112
Being a fan of Yes band, I always loved Jon Anderson's voice. Here, the music is much more simplier than in Yes, but if you like Jon's way of singing you will enjoy this record. Read morePublished on 8 May 2012 by Pascal
A real departure from the 'Yes' Jon Anderson, from the Olias of Sunhillow's mystical and ethereal qualities and not rock at all, as in his LP 'Animation'. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2011 by Tim Kidner