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on 7 November 2009
If you're familiar with the music Vangelis and Jon Anderson have been involved in, 'Short Stories' sounds exactly like what you would expect if the two collaborated.
The album is bookended by two great showstoppers. 'Curious Electric' opens the album in tried and tested prog rock style allowing Vangelis to show off his keyboard prowess. Closer, 'A Play Within a Play' is more of the same but packed with drama and atmosphere.
'Short Stories' also allows Jon Anderson to show off his skills as a bit of a balladeer. 'Each and Everyday/Birdsong' is typical of the kind of wistful romanticism Anderson is well known for and the track is all the better for Vangelis taking a bit of a backseat thus allowing Anderson to be at the forefront of the song.
'I Hear You Now' is still a great pop track with great keyboards and a top vocal. Immediately catchy and one of my all time favourite songs, it's still a classic.
'The Road' is another solid track. It's a straight forward folk type track but the additional keyboard effects give it a sense of drama.
'Far Away In Baagaad' and 'Thunder' are great songs packed with atmosphere, but seem to end just as they've got going which is a shame.
'Love Is' and 'One More Time' are two ballads, one after the other that threaten to slow the album down despite being beautifully sung by Anderson. They could have really benefitted with some drums for me.
'Short Stories', one or two blips aside is a top album that is a joy to relax and listen to with it's lush keyboards and dreamy vocals. 'The Friends Of Mr. Cairo' is arguably the best album the duo recorded, but 'Short Stories' does everything it says on the tin.
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on 25 April 2003
Short Stories has to rank amongst the most impressive and unique music Vangelis has created. His musical imagination is shining through in every track (helped along by the asexual, eerie vocal talents of Jon Anderson) leading to the creation of a work that is an absolute must-have for any Vangelis/Anderson fan.
Lyrically the album is both beautiful and haunting, with the fantasy-world feeling that often surfaces in the music of these two artists pervading the whole album. The music itself is as you would expect from Vangelis; unpredictable, dynamic, emotive and original.
Absolute cutting-edge in its day this album still stands out as one of the best in a brilliant crowd. Stunning.
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on 26 March 2007
Coalesce the angelic vocals of Jon Anderson with the transcendental keyboard wizardry provided by Vangelis and you are guaranteed a unique experience.

'Short Stories', the duo's first studio effort, is a startling array of varied, celestial music. This album is certainly troublesome to pigeonhole into a specific genre, and this is indicative of its uniqueness.

This is the sort of music that will drift you off into some unconscious dreamland; it's relaxing, yet simultaneously electrifying. The album opener, 'Curious Electric', encapsulates this observation aptly: it soars like a dramatic movie score, whilst also floating along serenely. The track sets an impressive precedent for the rest of the album, and generally it doesn't disappoint.

Other highlights here include the most accessible song, 'I Hear You Now', which displays perfect harmony between the two musicians, whilst 'Each And Every Day/Bird Song' contains some beautiful moments, particularly the 'Bird Song' segment.

Unfortunately, the album is marred somewhat by the slightly drab nature of the later tracks. 'Far Away In Baghdad' plods along superfluously, and similarly, I consider 'Love Is' to be lamentably forgetful.

However, luckily, the album does not end on an anticlimactic, bathetic note. The closing track, 'Thunder/Play Within A Play', is a riveting, ineffable return to form for the duo, and provides a particularly satisfying ending to the proceedings.

Overall, this is an impressive debut from J&V, and one that will live long in the memories of both musicians' admirers. Any of these fans who are unaware of J&V should certainly invest in a copy of this, however newcomers may need time to adapt to such an unconventional set of short stories!
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on 1 January 2013
Much mystic, beautiful and gently angelic.
Gossamer on genteel breezes, of under the summer tree days, sat shaded in sun.

Harsh, cruel men! Won't sit well with such original and heart warming magic such as this.
34 years on....I still Hear you now! .
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on 25 September 2013
Great to hook back up with this old favourite. No wukkas and good quality. This one only recently re released on CD format, I believe.
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on 9 June 2012
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on 21 April 2014
This was one of my favorite albums 30 years ago so it brings back a lot of happy memories when I play this CD..
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on 9 August 2013
What a great album now its even better on CD. I do sometimes miss the pops and crackles of Vinyl but I'll cope.
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on 13 March 2006
Liking both Vangelis and Jon Anderson in the 70s, it was great to hear they would be doing some albums together in the 80's. This was the start of the idea: Jon & Vangelis "the pop band". The single "I Hear You Now" was a hit (im told) in England. There are very soft areas in this album and very hard sections, but in comparison to some of Vangelis' other peices, I guess you'd call it "Vangelis Light". It was the start of these two boys doing some pop oriented material. Luckily, they went off the deep end a few times making some exciting albums together. This is not (in my opinion) the best Jon & Vangelis album, but this is where they started, and it's well worth sitting back and listening to on a mellow Sunday afternoon.
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on 4 February 2013
Had this as a tape cassette double album with Friends of Mr Cairo tears ago. Still as good as it was then!
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