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OLIAS OF SUNHILLOW

Jon Anderson

 

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3.94 | 422 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
2 stars 2,5 stars really!!!

The best Anderson solo album if you ask me (3*) but IMHO if you are a diehard Yes fan this might be of an interest for you (3*) and for others that appreciate Yes but not championning them, it is for fans only; hence the 2,5 * rating.

IMHO , yes my always more than the mere sums of its different parts and this shows especially when listening to the solo album. Clearly none come to waist height of say relayer or Going For The One, with the possible exceptions of Squire's Fish and Wakeman's Wives album (that one is a 5* but was also a fluke for Wakeman).

On with the music developped here: very athmospheric and full of treble frequencies instruments , this can quickly become very annoying if you are not in the mood for this or have a slight headache. There are of course lots of Yes influences and this album is vital for understanding Anderson's contributions to Yes music. You can clearly hear where he had much to say especially in the Going For The One shorter songs.

It had been 25 years since I had heard this album since last WE, and I had never had the feeling or urge to re-listen to it (and even less the following ones), and I just had confirmation of this. However , as I said above , for understanding Yes essence, almost every proghead should at least hear this album once.

Sean Trane | 2/5 |

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