JON ANDERSON - 2-Disc Remastered And Expanded Edition Of YES Legend's Olias Of Sunhillow Album Available For Pre-Order

February 15, 2021, 2 weeks ago

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JON ANDERSON - 2-Disc Remastered And Expanded Edition Of YES Legend's Olias Of Sunhillow Album Available For Pre-Order

Esoteric Recordings announces the release of a new expanded and remastered 2-disc edition of the classic debut solo album by YES vocalist Jon Anderson, Olias Of Sunhillow. Released in July 1976, the album was a conceptual work recounting the story of an alien race on a journey to find a new world following volcanic destruction on their home planet. All music on the album was written and performed by Jon Anderson and the recording took place at Anderson’s Buckinghamshire home studio whilst YES were on hiatus following the tour to promote the album Relayer. Initially recorded on an 8-track tape machine, the arrangements were then re-recorded on to a 24-track tape machine. The album saw Jon perform the music entirely alone, teaching himself to play keyboards and acknowledging the influence of such legendary musicians as Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz and Vangelis on his work.

Olias Of Sunhillow was released by Atlantic Records in the summer of 1976 in an elaborate gatefold sleeve designed by David Fairbrother-Roe and was a top ten album in the UK. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered from the original album master tapes and fully restores the stunning original artwork and also features a booklet with a new essay and exclusive interview with Jon Anderson.

Over the ensuing years the excellence of the album has led to many calls for the album to be remixed in a 5.1 Surround Sound format. Alas, despite extensive research, the multi-track masters of the album cannot be found. However, this expanded edition of Olias Of Sunhillow features a DVD featuring a high resolution 96 kHz / 24-bit re-master of the stereo mix and also includes a high resolution 5.1 Surround Sound up-mix derived from the original stereo master tapes as an additional feature.

Says Jon Anderson: "The more I realize that time flies when you’re having fun...boy oh boy, the fun I’m having listening to my early solo work... Olias for me was like going to music school for Three Months solid without breathing... Totally captivated by making a true SOLO album... every sound, vocal, instrumental and whatever came from the cosmos is there on the album...a dream made reality...  I never really listened to it all the way through after it was released, I must have listened to every sound a zillion times while mixing it....

"So, a month ago I listened to the whole album again...and felt such joy and gratefulness to have gone through that experience, and here I am so many years later going through a similar musical journey… Time flies by when you’re having fun... Cheers…love and 'light'."

Pre-order here.

Tracklisting:

Disc One: Olias Of Sunhillow (Remastered Edition)

"Ocean Song"
"Meeting (Garden Of Geda)"
 'Sound Out The Galleon'
"Dance Of Ranyart"
 'Olias (To Build The Moorglade)'
"Qoquaq En Transic"
 'Naon'
 'Transic To'
"Flight Of The Moorglade"
"Solid Space"
"Moon Ra"
 'Chords'
 'Song Of Search'
"To The Runner"

Disc Two: Olias Of Sunhillow (High Resolution 96 Khz / 24-bit 5.1 Surround Sound Upmix & Stereo Remaster)

"Ocean Song" (5.1 Surround Sound Upmix)
"Meeting (Garden Of Geda)"
 'Sound Out The Galleon' (5.1 Surround Sound Upmix)
"Dance Of Ranyart"
 'Olias (To Build The Moorglade)' (5.1 Surround Sound Upmix)
"Qoquaq En Transic"
 'Naon'
 'Transic To' (5.1 Surround Sound Upmix)
"Flight Of The Moorglade" (5.1 Surround Sound Upmix)
"Solid Space" (5.1 Surround Sound Upmix)
"Moon Ra"
 'Chords'
 'Song Of Search' (5.1 Surround Sound Upmix)
"To The Runner" (5.1 Surround Sound Upmix)



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