Olias of Sunhillow is the first studio album by English singer-songwriter and musician Jon Anderson, released in July 1976 on Atlantic Records. It is a concept album which tells the story of an alien race and their journey to a new world following a volcanic catastrophe on their home planet.
Back in October 1971, Yes was at a very important time in their career. They had released two albums in the previous ten months, each dispensing with a band member hitherto deemed irreplaceable, and then replacing them. But whereas Tony Kaye and Peter Banks had been vital parts of establishing the early sound of the band, their replacements Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman were an integral part of phase two of the band's career (the phase that would send them off into superstardom).
Jon Anderson explores the musical journey of his life.
The former Yes frontman discusses how he was inspired by classical composers including Mozart, Delius and Greig, saying of Stravinsky: “I wanted to know how he did that – how did he manage to put all that together? I began playing piano.”
He continues by talking about his adventures in Indonesia and China, discovering a gamelan music school, explorations in Bali and other journeys.
Reflecting on how one’s music will last far beyond one’s life, Anderson says he’d love it if, some time in the future, a group of young musicians get together and say: “Let’s do what Yes did – let’s play their music and see what it would sound like now. That would be cool.”
The Mysteries Of Music documentary includes Yes masterpiece Awaken along with many samples of music that’s meant something to him over the years.
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