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2.56 | 7 ratings | 2 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1984

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A Cage Of Freedom (4:04)
B Worker's Dance - performed by Giorgio Moroder (2:42)

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Vinyl 7" CBS CBSA 4862
From the album Metropolis CBS 70252

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Review by Guillermo
2 stars In 1985 I was playing the drums in an eight members (!) band which also included two female backing singers. One of them one day lent me some LPs to show me her musical tastes. One of those LPs was the Soundtrack of the 1984 version of the "Metropolis" film done by record producer and musician Giorgio Moroder (who worked a lot with artists like Donna Summer and others during the Disco - Dance -Synth Pop Musical Fads in the seventies-eighties). That album has contributions from several New Wave, Rock, and Pop Rock musicians from the 70s-80s (Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Adam Ant, Loverboy, Billy Squier...). I read the list of contributors to that soundtrack album in the cover, which also included JON ANDERSON, I listened to that album, and the only interesting song which I listened to was to Jon Anderson`s contribution, a song titled "Cage of Freedom" (composed by Moroder with Pete Bellote, being both a very successful songwriting team for Donna Summer in particular). The song is very Synth-Pop music influenced, very well produced with all the typical ingredients from that time (electronic drums, very eighties sounding keyboards,...).The song also includes a good distorted guitar playing. But...that is all. It was for me very strange to find Anderson in this very commercial soundtrack album, but his contribution is the only thing that I liked from this very out of date eighties`s musical product.

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Review by patrickq
3 stars Jon Anderson has contributed some very good songs to soundtracks and other multi-artist albums, like "Far Far Cry" and "Within the Lost World," from Jonathan Elias's Requiem for the Americas: Songs from the Lost World (1989), and the masterful "Loved by the Sun" (1985, with Tangerine Dream, from the Legend soundtrack). But he's turned in some duds, too, like "This Time It Was Really Right" from the soundtrack to St. Elmo's Fire (1985). Then there's this song, from Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis, the 1984 restoration/edit of the 1927 Fritz Lang film.

Anderson writes or co-writes almost everything he sings, so "Cage of Freedom," written by Pete Bellotte (lyrics) and Giorgio Moroder (music), is a rarity. While Bellotte and Moroder wrote the majority of Metropolis, Billy Squier and Freddie Mercury co-wrote the songs on which they sing. And while Moroder produced the album, Mercury and Squier co-produced their songs, and Pat Benatar and Loverboy used their regular producers alongside Moroder. The fact that Anderson isn't included in the production credits seems odd, but for all I know the issue was that he was signed to a non-CBS record contract. I should point out, though, that the closing couplets of "Cage of Freedom" ("Big brother, is there a bigger one watching you / or is there one smaller...") sound like they were contributed by Anderson, and they aren't included with the printed lyrics included with some editions.

The lyrics are thematic, addressing the issue of self-imprisonment, which has been discussed in the psychological literature since at least since the 1960s. Some emphasis is placed on the notion that the individual under self-imprisonment necessarily plays two directly opposed roles: jailer and inmate.

"Cage of Freedom" is not progressive rock. I wouldn't even call it art rock or art pop. It's synth-pop, and it's as good as any representative of 1984 MTV-friendly pop/rock. It's electric guitars and vocals over a synth-and-drum-machine backing. It fits right in with 1984 hits by the Cars, Rod Stewart, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Corey Hart, and Queen. The mood of the music is a bit ambiguous, which suits the lyrics.

"Cage of Freedom" is nothing like Yes, even 1980s Yes, but it's also nothing like most of Anderson's solo output. But judged as 1980s synthesizer soundtrack music it's pretty good.

(P.S.: the b-side, "Worker's Dance," is an instrumental credited to Moroder. It appears to be incidental music from Metropolis which was not included on the album. It's nice, standard-issue 1980s dance music.)

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