Survival & Other Stories (Gonzo Media Group, 2011)
Jon Anderson, the legendary vocalist for progressive rock band Yes, was ill for a few years and, thankfully, he’s doing much better. Anderson is celebrating his comeback with a new inspirational album titled Survival & Other Stories.
The new songs celebrate love, life, understanding, healing and survival. The musicians featured on Survival & Other Storiess came from unexpected sources. “About four years ago I just put in an ad on my website: ‘Musicians Wanted’… This is the result, ” says Anderson. “Writing the songs for ‘Survival & Other Stories’ was uplifting for me on many levels, I was working with musicians from around the world Via the Internet, it’s a new world, music is a healing energy, I had a tough 2008, through illness, and the Music I’ve been writing since is a celebration of life on many levels.”
Jon Anderson has one of the most recognizable voices in rock music. With his tenor vocals he recorded some of the finest progressive rock albums with his band Yes and his essential solo album Olias of Sunhillow. He has also worked with Greek keyboardist and composer Vangelis as Jon and Vangelis, and has also collaborated with renowned Japanese musician Kitaro.
Jon recently completed a successful east coast tour of the United States, “An Acoustic Evening With Jon Anderson”, which featured an exciting mixture of material from Jon Anderson’s prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic Yes songs, along with new compositions from his new CD ‘Survival & Other Stories’.
Survival & Other Stories‘ is the first of three albums to be released by Jon Anderson in the next two years.This volume focuses on ballads so don’t expect Yes-style complex instrumental sections. Instead, it is an inspiring album that celebrates life and spirituality.
Jon Anderson North American Summer Tour Dates:
July 9 – Courtenay, BC Vancouver, Canada – Island Musicfest at Exhibition Grounds
July 10 – Courtenay, BC Vancouver, Canada – Island MusicFest at Exhibition Grounds
July 12 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
July 14 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
July 31 – Vernon, BC, Canada – Komasket Music Festival Komasket Park
Aug. 3 – Lincolnshire, IL – Viper Alley
Aug. 5 – Saint Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
Aug. 7 – Jerseyville, ON, Canada – Festival Of Friends Ancaster Fairgrounds (with America)
Aug. 11 – Shirley, MA – Bull Run Restaurant
Buy the album or MP3 downloads:
- In North America: Survival & Other Stories. Other recordings available: Olias of Sunhillow, Living Tree, Live From La La Land, 3 Ships, Song of Seven
- In Europe: Survival & Other Stories . Other recordings available: The Living Tree, Olias of Sunhillow, Song of Seven
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.