Yes solo albums S/D

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The three I have on my list to check out are:

Squire - Fish Out of Water
Anderson - Song of Seven, Olias of Sunhillow

calstars, Monday, 4 July 2011 02:50 (eleven years ago) link

Howe - Beginnings

Any of these any good?

calstars, Monday, 4 July 2011 02:52 (eleven years ago) link

i have never listened to the whole thing but Patrick Moraz Story of I is kinda insane

buzza, Monday, 4 July 2011 03:03 (eleven years ago) link

I was just listening to Geoff Downes' The Light Programme last night. Double LP from 1987 with five lengthy synthesizer suites. REALLY like this album.

timellison, Monday, 4 July 2011 03:12 (eleven years ago) link

I want to hear more Jon Anderson, what should I look for?

JacobSanders, Monday, 4 July 2011 03:32 (eleven years ago) link

Squire - Fish Out of Water
Anderson - Song of Seven, Olias of Sunhillow

― calstars, Monday, 4 July 2011 12:50 (43 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

These are the key two imo.

There's a Yes-branded 'Friends and Relatives' compilation that might be of use to someone, and there's a thing called 'Affirmative: The Yes Solo Family Album' that branches into Rabin, Moraz etc.

invite ← VERB (Schlafsack), Monday, 4 July 2011 03:38 (eleven years ago) link

POLL: Best Yes Solo Debut Album

buzza, Monday, 4 July 2011 03:46 (eleven years ago) link

"Fish Out Of Water", "Olias..." And "Six Wives Of Henry VIII" are my three faves. Howes' can be ok until he sings. I like much of the one he recorded with Billie Currie of Ultravox sometime in the (I think) late 80s.

Moraz and Bruford's "Flags" pretty good as well.

Wakeman's "Criminal Record" has some killer playing by Squire and White on a few tracks.

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 4 July 2011 05:48 (eleven years ago) link

Do the jon & vangelis albums count, because all of the albums I've heard have at least a song or two to totally recommend.

What about mike oldfield albums? Didn't Anderson sing on those?

jaxon, Monday, 4 July 2011 06:55 (eleven years ago) link

fish out of water is good

'flag's (bruford . moraz) is really good, certainly a notch above anything else solo related in the musicianship department

every jon anderson solo album i've heard is awful.

akm, Monday, 4 July 2011 07:01 (eleven years ago) link

Olias Of Sunhillow is a beauty.

mike t-diva, Monday, 4 July 2011 08:57 (eleven years ago) link

jaxon - "Short Stories" is my fave Jon & vangelis project. It was mostly improvised. Vangelis comes up with some huge Bladerunner-esque sonic beds and the entire thing is very loose, except for maybe "I Hear You Now'.

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 4 July 2011 15:39 (eleven years ago) link

jaxon, jon sang on a couple mike oldfield songs that came out around 90125 -- "in high places" and "shine"

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 02:15 (eleven years ago) link

this sounds awesome

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY9PphF0rAs&feature=share

jaxon, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 03:00 (eleven years ago) link

this is indescribably awful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOOaEGHNi78

geeta, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 05:13 (eleven years ago) link

theirs is a disgrace

buzza, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 05:37 (eleven years ago) link

look at that little tiny guitar hanging off that fat old man

j., Wednesday, 6 July 2011 05:42 (eleven years ago) link

Being at work I've not opened the video, so "look at that little tiny guitar hanging off that fat old man" could describe p much any Yes soloist

invite ← VERB (Schlafsack), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 05:48 (eleven years ago) link

OH chris squire, rite

invite ← VERB (Schlafsack), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 05:49 (eleven years ago) link

he does look remarkably like something in a comedy sketch, I must say

invite ← VERB (Schlafsack), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 05:50 (eleven years ago) link

okay basically that video has ruined the new album for me. never thought I'd say this but steve howe is looking remarkable these days

invite ← VERB (Schlafsack), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 05:53 (eleven years ago) link

'olias' is really good, my favorite of the solo albums i've heard

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 13:09 (eleven years ago) link

jon sang on a couple mike oldfield songs that came out around 90125 -- "in high places"...

...or "In Tight Trousers" as one shocked Oldfield fan who was previously unaware of Anderson's unique singing voice commented to me at the time. I tried some classic Yes on him but he couldn't get it.

Jeff W, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:00 (eleven years ago) link

Vocals are absolute shit in that clip Geeta posted.

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:43 (eleven years ago) link

obv an homage to trevor horn's troubles on the Drama tour

mods did fake marissa (buzza), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:45 (eleven years ago) link

jon's tweest song i can handle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOHjESnrMt4

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:51 (eleven years ago) link

and his most gangsta prog
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnnS9spo_3k

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 20:54 (eleven years ago) link

conga solo on the 7/4 performance from 3:30-3:40 is not to be missed

calstars, Thursday, 7 July 2011 01:46 (eleven years ago) link

Yes (Not Yes)

calstars, Thursday, 7 July 2011 01:48 (eleven years ago) link

Who are those jokers in the middle of the stage playing with those guys from Asia?
MallardTDrake 19 hours ago 2

Haha!

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 7 July 2011 02:38 (eleven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQQAUCf6dQU

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 8 July 2011 21:56 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

I've always been told that Fish Out of Water is great but am only listening now. Pretty good.

Has anyone heard Chris Squire's Swiss Choir?

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 20 June 2014 21:39 (eight years ago) link

Never knew about this thread.

Was talking recently about how great Fish Out Of Water is, but mostly the first 3 tracks.

I'd go as far to say that Anderson's Olias is one of the really essential prog records. I like Song Of Seven a lot but it isn't nearly as good.

Jon & Vangelis - Friends Of Mr Cairo has some great stuff, some less great. Private Collection is okay, "Italian Song" is lovely.

Wakeman's Six Wives is really great.

That's as far as I've got. Need more!

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 20 June 2014 22:47 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

I'm still in awe of the first half of Fish Out Of Water, such a great album.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 15 September 2014 00:48 (seven years ago) link

Really wish Squire had made more albums back then. Maybe that Swiss Quire album is worth a look.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 15 September 2014 00:49 (seven years ago) link

Squire's album with Steve Hackett from a couple of years (?) back has its moments. Overall certainly better than the awful "Yes" album from this year.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 15 September 2014 01:16 (seven years ago) link

'Swiss Quire' is mainly safe and pedestrian, like 90% of Christmas albums. One or two interesting arrangements plus an OK but unnecessary reboot of "Run With the Fox". Pay no more than $2 / £1.

Jeff W, Monday, 15 September 2014 18:35 (seven years ago) link

it's no 'fish out of water' ii but the squackett album isn't horrible. neither is the syn reunion album from a couple years ago

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:00 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

I still get excited when a Fish Out Of Water song pops into my head.

I feel really sorry for Geir that he couldn't get into the solo albums. For a Yes fan, that's tragic.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 22 February 2015 23:33 (seven years ago) link

six years pass...

Was quite excited to see a new edition of Jon Anderson's Animation in shops recently. The last CD version was said to be a bad vinyl rip and it was becoming rare.

It's really good so far, great bonus tracks. Can't believe "The Spell" was sitting on a shelf for 4 decades! Anderson said the label didn't care for it but it was a strange obsession for him, it's a beauty! It's one of those long storytelling tracks that he did solo or with Vangelis like "Friends Of Mr Cairo" and even "Animation".

Cherry Red/Esoteric have been reissuing Anderson's solo albums, so am I to assume that 3 Ships is coming in a matter of months? Please! (I haven't heard it yet)

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 18 August 2021 18:34 (eleven months ago) link

As many have said above, Olias of Sunhillow rules. Fish Out of Water is really good, too.

Anderson did an album with Roine Stolt, Invention of Knowledge, in 2016 that I liked a lot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scVF-gF3pIM

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 18 August 2021 18:45 (eleven months ago) link

yeah the Anderson/Stolt album is terrific, kind of a sequel to Olias moreso than any of his other solo material

I have the Jon & Vangelis Friends of Mr. Cairo LP - it's a fairly common one - the way both sides start you almost feel like you got the wrong record. I had no idea that Donna Summer covered a Jon & Vangelis song and would not have believed you had you told me

kind of interested in Howe's stuff - I liked Beginnings a lot, minus the singing of course. seems like a rabbit hole I don't necessarily want to go down. I also own like 6 Wakeman LPs, they're so cheap and plentiful, but outside of Six Wives I don't know if any of them are any good

frogbs, Wednesday, 18 August 2021 18:50 (eleven months ago) link

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth is great, that "save me"/"praise god" bit is just walloping great

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 18 August 2021 20:01 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah that Donna Summer cover really surprised me. I seen Brian Eno really praise it and I was wondering if he just thought that particular version was genius

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 18 August 2021 20:03 (eleven months ago) link

Really enjoying Wakeman's King Arthur. "Merlin" is a delight, hope he has more stuff like this.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 24 August 2021 18:09 (eleven months ago) link

Glad to see some love for that Anderson/Stolt album, I was really surprised by how much I liked it.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 24 August 2021 18:37 (eleven months ago) link

As far as Howe, I just picked up both of his Anthology collections which is probably more Steve than I need.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 24 August 2021 18:40 (eleven months ago) link

"Hold Out Your Hand" from Fish Out of Water is a standout for me

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 24 August 2021 18:43 (eleven months ago) link

I'm not sure I'll like King Arthur as much as the previous two but the parts where it all starts sprinting are so exciting

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 26 August 2021 11:29 (eleven months ago) link

Didn't realize that King Arthur and Journey To The Centre both have two vocalists, I thought it was all Ashley Holt, but the other guy is Gary Pickford-Hopkins. One of them seems like an odd fit to me, like maybe too traditionally hard rock or something? Seems like Holt stuck with Wakeman for longer.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 3 September 2021 19:47 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

Was pleased to find today there is a new version of Lisztomania soundtrack from original masters which were long thought to be lost, with unheard tracks. I didn't realize the 70s album release had a lot of music Wakeman wasn't involved with and didn't approve. Nice surprise.

Notes say that the record company hated his early albums and were very reluctant to release them. Demanded vocals on Six Wives.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 24 October 2021 16:55 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

I love what Anderson does with his voice when it sort of darts around in Animation. I'd strongly recommend getting this new reissue with the bonus tracks, because they're as good as anything else on it. Only 2 songs I don't have much enthusiasm for.
Going to wait a while and see if Esoteric reissues 3 Ships.

I've really grown to love King Arthur, lots of fun. I do think Wakeman could have done wonders with a more conventional combination of a singer like Annie Haslam than the hard rock styled vocalists he uses but I still dig it.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 18 December 2021 23:09 (seven months ago) link

steve howe and rick wakeman have a ton of solo stuff i am sure is good and the rest i would not bother with!

xzanfar, Saturday, 18 December 2021 23:50 (seven months ago) link

I've had only good experiences so far but I'm still on the early days. Still haven't got around to Howe, Bruford, Moraz and White

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 19 December 2021 00:33 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

I picked up Bruford's Feels Good To Me today, and there was something like 8 to 10 of his albums so I guess they've been reissued recently?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 22 January 2022 18:31 (six months ago) link

I believe he owns the rights to his solo/group albums and has re-released them himself?
Feels Good to Me must be the entry point for a lot of people who listen to Annette Peacock. I find it a lot more listenable than a lot of fusion from the era, partly because of her occasional singing, but also the dynamics and eclecticism of the tunes. Oddly, the opener "Beelzebub" is probably the weakest song.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 22 January 2022 18:37 (six months ago) link

He's got a new channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKwocCGTt-Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieR2JKShT_A

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 22 January 2022 19:37 (six months ago) link

six months pass...

Wakeman's No Earthly Connection is really lovely

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 30 July 2022 09:57 (two weeks ago) link

Feels like a more personal album than anything previous but I'm not sure what it's about and apparently he couldn't explain the album either.

Can't believe how much he did in the 90s. And there's an Ayreon guest appearance!

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 30 July 2022 10:13 (two weeks ago) link

The centerfold with all of his guitars is pretty classic on the "Steve Howe Album". I'm sure it has inspired quite a bit of guitar gear lust over the decades.

earlnash, Saturday, 30 July 2022 12:42 (two weeks ago) link

Olias of Sunhillow's reputation as Anco-prescient seems to have really picked up in recent years I feel

you can see me from westbury white horse, Saturday, 30 July 2022 13:04 (two weeks ago) link

On another thread, I was pondering listening to Ramshackled in honour of Alan White despite my expectations that it really couldn't be that great. I mostly wanted to have heard all five solo albums from the 1975-1976 "hiatus". Here's how I'd rank them:

Olias of Sunhillow - I'm so glad we got one album of unfiltered and unfettered Jon Anderson
Fish Out of Water - very good, but it loses me in the middle of the last, very long track
Ramshackled - better a competent R&B/fusion record than the overambitious efforts of Howe and Moraz below
Beginnings - appropriate title, because Howe always seems to be about to start doing something amazing before he takes a left turn into something frustrating. He can't project vocally, but the songs don't help either. Who would have thought that the most memorable bit on a Steve Howe solo record would be a sax section?!?
The Story of i - I bought this LP for a dollar and was still disappointed. Lots of stuff (prog, fusion, Brazilian music, AOR, dumb concept) blended into an unlistenable mess. Relayer is my favourite Yes album but this made me wonder whether Moraz has any musical taste at all

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 30 July 2022 13:34 (two weeks ago) link

I just ordered Beginnings. I bought Story Of i not long ago so I should stick it on soon. I liked what I've heard so far from Bruford's Feels Good To Me.

There is actually some love for No Earthly Connection on the Wakeman thread, so it hasn't been ignored here.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 30 July 2022 14:51 (two weeks ago) link


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