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Studio Album, released in 1982

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Olympia (4:58)
2. Animation (9:07)
3. Surrender (3:53)
4. All in a Matter of Time (3:06)
5. Unlearning the Dividing Line (4:56)
6. Boundaries (3:20)
7. Pressure Point (3:20)
8. Much Better Reason (4:27)
9. All God's Children (4:25)

Total Time: 41:32

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Line-up / Musicians

- Jon Anderson / vocals, producer, engineer
- Jack Bruce / bass
- Henry Lowther / horn
- David Sancious / keyboards
- Simon Phillips / drums
- Chris Rainbow / vocals
- Dave "Clem" Clempson / guitar
- The Delme Quartet / strings
- John Giblin / bass
- Billy Kristian / bass
- Ronnie Leahy / keyboards
- Dick Morrissey / saxophone
- Morris Pert / drums
- Blue Weaver / keyboards
- Ian Wallace / drums

Releases information

LP Atlantic SD 19355 (1982, US)
LP Polydor POLD 5044 (1982, UK)

CD Opio Media OPIOVP01CD (2006, UK)

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3.34
(76 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(7%)
7%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(41%)
41%
Good, but non-essential (36%)
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Collectors/fans only (15%)
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Poor. Only for completionists (1%)
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Review by lor68
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars With the support of one of the best session men (Clem Clempson, former COLOSSEUM member) and the unforgettable bass player Stefano Cerri, they performed a good material, not strictly progressive, but with a strong attitude to such work in progress!!

This could be a true testament, regarding a very young Stefano Cerri , unfortunately recently missed ever!! Please don't forget his job and his precious collaboration with Jon as well!!

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Posted Thursday, April 01, 2004

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This album was released when prog music was under crisis as many of prog bands, including YES, went pop. Fortunately, this album is still in the corridor of prog music. Jon's solo albums have always been different with YES. He has a different style of musical creation that I think is a blend of world music and latin music. Ahem .. I probably push to hard in categorizing Jon's music. For the sake of building a "close" or "similar" association with previous albums where Jon was involved, I thing if you have ever heard "Circus of Heaven" of TORMATO album . yeah . it's that kind of music, I think. Even though it's not perfectly the same.

"Olympia" is a very nice opening track with intense latin music components at its interlude. "Animation" is really prog to the corner. Not because of its duration that qualifies it as pog song, i.e. greater to 8 minutes (rule of thumb?), but it has a variety of musical roots. The tempo varies significantly from happy rhythm at the beginning goes softly to a slower tempo. It's a very nice composition.

"Unlearning" intro is similar of any PETER GABRIEL composition. The body of the song is different even though the drum-looping sounds similar. You may recognize how unique John Giblin bass playing style appears at this track. This song has a strong pop touch. One important thing is that at the end of the track, Jon adds traditional GAMELAN BALI deep rooted from Bali Island, Indonesia. It's beautiful closing, I think.

"Boundaries" is a ballad with nice acoustic guitar rhythm and melody. This track was one of my favorites in mid eighties when this album was launched.

Overall, this album is enjoyable. As other Jon's solo albums, don't expect that this album is similar to any YES album. Jon's voice is perfect, backed up with well-known musicians such as Jack Bruce, Simon Phillips, John Giblin, Chris Rainbow and others. - Gatot Widayanto, Indonesia.

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Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars This was better than the previous Song of Seven. To be honest I far preferred Anderson working with Vangelis. The works being more consistent and complete apart from Olias which is a classic. Animation has some pearls as in Boundaries, All in a Matter of Time and the title track but personally the Gospel song, All God's Children, is hard work.

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Posted Thursday, July 08, 2004

Review by greenback
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3 stars At least, buy this record for the song "Animation". This song ( "Animation") is a delightful track of near 10 minutes of progressive music: it sounds like the 90125 album: just hear those wonderful vocals arrangements and those expressive keyboards, followed by a smoother subtly symphonic second part, and finally ending in a floating keyboards + piano. ANDERSON's lead vocals are excellent, as always, and the other songs definitely are more rythm oriented, joyful, well made, but not extremely refined. When you listen to those songs, you immediately conclude that Jon ANDERSON is a philanthropist.

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Posted Sunday, August 15, 2004

Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars Staying within the "boundaries"

Jon Anderson adopted a far more commercial approach with this his third solo album. Having started off with his most progressive and arguably best work ("Olias"), he moved towards more straight forward songs on "Song of seven", and continues on that course here. That in itself is not a criticism, he carries it off well.

The distinctive voice is there of course, but unlike "Olias" he does not take on the instrumental performances himself this time. Instead he leaves it to a number of more proficient players such as Blue Weaver (STRAWBS), Clem Clempson (who among other things played in ROUGH DIAMOND with DAVID BYRON of URIAH HEEP), Jack Bruce etc. The opening track "Olympia" reminds me a bit of Yes' "Arriving UFO", probably just because of the way Anderson sort of chants at the top of his range. I reckon the best track is "Boundaries", a Celtic ballad which has a softer feel. The final track, "All God's children" has a child choir and inevitably a hymnal feel to it.

The one track I could do without is "Animation", which seems to be a very personal tale of childbirth, too much information.

There's not much of Yes or even "Olias of Sunhillow" here, but as long as you accept this as a pretty commercial outing by Anderson, it's actually quite enjoyable.

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Posted Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Review by Matti
COLLABORATOR Neo-Prog Team
4 stars This album belonged strangely to my brother when I was 14-15 and started to play our family's records. There were also some other influential albums including Yes: 90125, Rush: Signals, plus some Saga and Asia, that had something to do with prog - of which I at the time didn't know yet. Of all these albums Animation had the strongest impact on me; more precisely, it was the long title track. It simply blew my young mind and transferred me into new magical spheres of music, the kind I had never heard before. It was PROGRESSIVE instead of normal verse/chorus/verse song structure. So I could say it all started right here (honorary mention goes to 'Telegraph Road' by Dire Straits).

'Animation' is still written in my memory even if I have listened to it very rarely since 80s. It must be the deepest existing expression of emotions about childbirth - by a man who "was there". Some chaos, pain (described by instrumental sections), and after all has settled, love and amazement of life's wonder. "There is nothing like seeing the birth of a child." It is wonderful, but probably only if you totally surrender to it emotionally.

The rest of the album always remained less important. I liked some other songs too, e.g. energic 'Olympia' about sports spectacle, pastroral 'Boundaries' and colourful 'Much Better Reason'. Without title track I might say this is well produced - rather 80-ish - and arranged, but nothing very special, in a same category as 90125 or actually less interesting in compositions. But as it has that 9-minute 'Animation', I say sincerely it's clearly the best Jon solo album I've heard. (3,5* rounded up.)

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Posted Thursday, October 13, 2005

Review by ghost_of_morphy
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3 stars This is Jon's OTHER prog album. (The main one being Olias, of course.) It's a welcome return from the drivel that he released on Song of Seven. Much like Peter Gabriel's first album, this album showcases a talented vocalist larking through a variety of musical styles. Jon doesn't go as far as the Gabe did (there's no barbershop or blues here) but he doesn't stray too far from prog in most of the tracks, either. Let's take a look at this one track by track.

Olympia (2/5): The beginning of Jon's love affair with electronica. I find this one mildly annoying. Animation (5/5): The masterpiece of the album. This song is prog through and through. Heck it's more prog than anything Yes was releasing at the time. The lyrics are a fairly serious meditation on what it means to come into existence. Lots of interesting little musical twists in this one, and whichever guy is drumming on this one is spot on. Surrender (2/5): Ok, a quick excursion into reggae, with some of Jon's campier lyrics. I must like this to give it more than one star. All In A Matter Of Time (5/5): Unusual chord changes and an interesting rhythym land this single firmly in prog land. A really nice effort from everybody involved in this gem. Unlearning The Dividing Line (3/5): Jon goes industrial!!!! It's interesting, but not the high point of the album by any means. Boundaries (4/5): Jon has claimed that this folkish anthem came to him in a dream. It's a nice song. It's sad that Jon ended up reusing parts of it in the dismal Yes album, Open Your Eyes. Pressure Point (2/5): Back to the industrial sound again. This one sounds disjointed and half formed. Much Better Reason (3/5): Soft rock with a Latin feel, I guess. It's much better than what you'd imagine Jon singing soft rock with a Latin feel would be, though. The break foreshadows what Jon would be doing in the next decade. All God's Children (4/5): One of those inspiring choral songs that Jon is so good at. A good conclusion to a decent album.

To sum this up, the album is a bit uneven but generally a good one. Animation and All In A Matter of Time are must hear songs, and there are a couple of tracks that are nearly as good, while there is nothing that is absolutely awful here. This isn't an essential prog album, but it is a very good one. 3 stars.

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
2 stars Animation is a slight improvement over the previous, uneven Song Of Seven and almost as good as the Yes album 90125 that was released the same year (which I consider the weakest Yes album of all time). Some moments on this album are slightly similar to Yes music (of the time), but there are also some moments that would not have fitted well on any Yes album. Obviously, as with most solo albums by singers, the songs here are vocally driven rather than instrumentally driven. But there are still some vaguely interesting instrumental moments.

The music here is both backward-looking and forward-looking in the sense that some moments remind of Song Of Seven and the late 70's Yes album Tormato, while other moments remind of 90125 and the Yes of the 80's. The emphasis is sadly on the latter, though.

The first half of the album is much stronger than the second half. Especially the three last tracks I find rather unremarkable. The folky Boundaries (haven't I heard that one before?) is probably my favourite song from this album together with Olympia and the title track (weird lyrics though!)

Only for hard core Yes fans, but not essential even for them.

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Review by octopus-4
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3 stars Animation is more or less the same as Song Of Seven. I can hardly distinguish the two albums and I tendentially prefer the previous because of its title track. I own this album since when it has been released but I haven't listen to it very often and I'm playing it while I'm writing because the last time I've heard it entirely was a lot of years ago.

"Olympia" is exactly how I was remembering: an 80s electro-pop song of the kind of the A side of Song of Seven. The title track is better. There are some vocal experiments and the echo of the YES can be heard. This is a truly prog song less influenced by the actual (poor) standards, with changes in signature, different sections and all the things that us proggers usually like.

Unfortunately also on this album Jon has put a bit of Calypso. In these years Jon was used to place at least one Caribbean or South-American song. This is the case of "Surrender", that's not the worst of the songs of this kind.

The synth guitar that opens "All In A Matter Of Time" is similar to Trevor Rabin's, but what follows appears musically like a song written for "3 Ships". If we don't consider the quite good keyboard and guitar solos in the middle, we can expect that Santa Claus is coming from the chimney.

80s electronic drums open "Unlearning". This is a good song in the vein of "Drama". A small piece of YES brought into this album. The chorus is unfortunately not as good as the rest of the song but it can be forgiven.

"Boundaries" is a ballad made of simple chords with a 12-strings guitar base. There's something similar on "Short Stories": respect to "The Road" that's the weakest song of Short Stories, this is really better.

By coincidence there's a "Pressure Point" that doesn't have anything to do with the Camel's one. This one is an electronic jazzy song. I say jazzy because of the signature and of the bass line that reminds to a famous Weather Report's song. A good keyboard riff enriches it.

also "Much Better Reason" is jazzy. Very far from Yes in this case. This could have been the best song of the album. The problem is in the samba percussions and the forgettable Italian lyrics that don't have anything to do with the rest of the song when he says: "Ooh this victory, Holy Mary, I'll say this". Can somebody explain to me what it means? How to destroy a good song in 15 seconds.

"All God's Children" starts with vocals, bass and percussions and soon becomes a kind of anthem. "All those children shall be free..." Not bad if you are used with Jon's solo things.

In the end I can say that I was remembering it more than I was expecting. Probably I've listened to it more than I remember. I'd say 2.5 stars, but I'm about to review "City of Angels", so I prefer rounding it up, this time.

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5 stars This is the second best album from Jon-- the first being Olias. While the music of this is album close to pop as most of them are very catchy. No matter what many others say, they are great and the songs are outstanding. The songs are straightforward; except for in the case of the title Animation ... (read more)

Report this review (#499139) | Posted by Sharier | Sunday, August 07, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Animation is a strong album from Jon that manages to be both fun and intricate. The pop- feeling on the album comes more from the tone of the music than the actual structure. It brings to mind Kaipa with their bouncing, symphonic style of prog. The album is largely keyboard- based with over-d ... (read more)

Report this review (#498740) | Posted by Earendil | Saturday, August 06, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Great album of the great singer of the great community named Yes! At least definitely much better than Yes' 1983 album "90125". I had listened to this one when i was fourteen, and I loved into from first listening. There are many good tunes, amongst of may to mark out these. Of course, my belove ... (read more)

Report this review (#278805) | Posted by ssudak | Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars most of this album suffers from the early 80 synth and drum boxes, some have real drums on it, those songs are good enough songs with minor prog influences in it...there are alot of crappy songs here (Surrender,Unlearning The Dividing Line, much better reason and finally killing the album with ... (read more)

Report this review (#109187) | Posted by zebehnn | Saturday, January 27, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Please, please release this on CD! My vinyl copy has become warped. I really like this album. It's Anderson being more commercial without being slick and cynical. Catchy melodies, nice instrumentation thanks to a very strong lineup of session musicians. "All in a Matter of Time" got a lot of r ... (read more)

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