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    Jon Anderson - Song of Seven Remaster

    Always been a favorite of mine. Esoteric is reissuing it in late November - remastered with a couple inconsequential (imho) bonus tracks, a new essay and interview with Jon. I am all in on this one, though a little surprised at the lack of extras that Esoteric is known for with many of such reissues (Demos, Live tracks). Hoping this maybe means they will be able to do Animation next.

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    NEW REMASTERED & EXPANDED RELEASE OF THE SECOND SOLO ALBUM BY JON ANDERSON FROM 1980
    WITH TWO BONUS TRACKS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ON CD
    FEATURING GUEST MUSICIANS JACK BRUCE, SIMON PHILLIPS, JOHN GIBLIN, CLEM CLEMPSON & JOHNNY DANKWORTH
    FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND NOTES
    Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered and expanded edition of the 1980 solo album by JON ANDERSON, SONG OF SEVEN.

    The album was recorded during Jon’s first hiatus from YES, with whom he had become an internationally known vocalist and songwriter and followed on from his 1976 solo album OLIAS OF SUNHILLOW. Working with keyboard player RONNIE LEAHY, Anderson created an optimistic album of varying influences and he gathered together a fine ensemble of musicians to assist him such as celebrated bass players JACK BRUCE and JOHN GIBLIN, guitarists CLEM CLEMPSON and IAN BAIRNSON, saxophonist JOHNNY DANKWORTH and percussionists MORRIS PERT and SIMON PHILLIPS.

    SONG OF SEVEN was a UK top forty hit upon its release by Atlantic Records in November 1980 and spawned a solo tour which established Jon Anderson as a regarded artist in his own right. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered from the original Atlantic Records master tapes and is expanded to include two rare US single edits previously unreleased on CD and restores the original album artwork in a digipak. The booklet also features a new essay with an exclusive interview with Jon Anderson.

    Track List:

    1. FOR YOU, FOR ME
    2. SOME ARE BORN
    3. DON’T FORGET (NOSTALIGIA)
    4. HEART OF THE MATTER
    5. HEAR IT
    6. EVERYBODY LOVES YOU
    7. TAKE YOUR TIME
    8. DAYS
    9. SONG OF SEVEN

    BONUS TRACKS
    10.SOME ARE BORN (US SINGLE PROMO EDITED VERSION)
    11.HEART OF THE MATTER (SHORT VERSION)

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    My favorite album from solo JA, I know I know, but Olias never clicked with me. Like you, I was hoping for more bonus tracks too. With all the TD boxes I'm looking at and still saving my pennies for Pink Floyd's Later Years, I'm going to pass on this, at least for a while.

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    I too am hoping we get a listenable remaster of "Animation" next - "Song Of Seven" sounds good on CD and a couple of single edits won't get me tempted. A good-sounding "Animation", on the contrary... Hopefully with the same (substantial) bonus material as the previous reissue, but without the horrible "remastering".
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    It would have been nice to have the live "Song Of Seven" (title track) from the Eberhard Schoener concert...

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    Ya it would have been great if they added one of the shows from his 1980 Song of Seven Tour with his New Life Band. Some great stuff out there.

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    Great news, apart from a couple of tracks that is a magical album for me, its 40th anniversary too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calyx View Post
    I too am hoping we get a listenable remaster of "Animation" next - "Song Of Seven" sounds good on CD and a couple of single edits won't get me tempted. A good-sounding "Animation", on the contrary... Hopefully with the same (substantial) bonus material as the previous reissue, but without the horrible "remastering".
    ISTR it being announced a few years ago that Esoteric were doing his Atlantic solo albums (just before their Fish Out Of Water came out). This and Olias... have actually been out of print for some years. Animation was on a different label, of course, so I don't know whether that will happen.

    But yes I too have the old CD of this and am fine with it. Didn't he do a few songs from this live on the Old Grey Whistle Test at the time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ88 View Post
    ISTR it being announced a few years ago that Esoteric were doing his Atlantic solo albums (just before their Fish Out Of Water came out). This and Olias... have actually been out of print for some years. Animation was on a different label, of course, so I don't know whether that will happen.
    Animation was released on Atlantic, just like his first two albums (in the USA, anyway).

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    ^It was on Polydor here- maybe because the Jon And Vangelis albums were (and still are). If Atlantic had done the CD of that it probably would have been good!

    It appears Olias... came back out on CD on the Music On CD label. This year, in fact.

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    Side 1 of SoS is spotty, but side 2 is sublime. But yeah... not enough here to entice me to upgrade.
    I'm holding out for the Wilson-mixed 5.1 super-duper walletbuster special anniversary extra adjectives edition.

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    What we really want is Olias, I still have my 25 year old Japanese import of that which does need an upgrade. Word is that SW is remixing it but don't know that's fact or fantasy.

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    I got Jon to sign this and CTTE at a record store promotion in 1981 outside of Philadelphia and he was most gracious. Also my favorite solo record of his.

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    I loved Song of Seven at the time. Also The Friends of Mr Cairo, Private Collection, and Change We Must, re Jon's more solo stuff. The rest have often been too self-absorbed for my liking re New Age type tendencies he's certainly had in recent decades.

    One thing I've always recalled as regards this album are these "For You For Me" lyrics:

    "Oh Yes! you critics of life and love
    You stallions of the pen and more
    While you spew your dry thoughts
    On poets of nature, hang them low
    Scoff with glee the unfortunate mass
    You say still clings to the treasures of the past
    And music..."

    Which were said to be directed at his former Yes bandmates at the time.

    I loved Yes's Drama album too, and these days consider the likes of Steve Howe and Chris Squire were more right as regards the schism with Jon.

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    Bonus tracks aside this is one of my favorite albums of all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiberman View Post
    Bonus tracks aside this is one of my favorite albums of all time.
    Yeah like others side 2 was pure magic.. but I also remember throwing on side one every morning before heading off to work..
    Can't say I need an upgrade per seh.. certainly not for a couple of singles.. my vinyl still sounds great and the CD I bought a number of years ago sounds fine to my ears..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve983 View Post
    What we really want is Olias, I still have my 25 year old Japanese import of that which does need an upgrade. Word is that SW is remixing it but don't know that's fact or fantasy.
    After following the link above for the live version of Song of Seven I saw this link to the side.. have you seen / heard this before? Olias performed live by the UMass Lowell Choral Union in 2013 on Earth Day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQm-7HlaHco

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Roth View Post
    Always been a favorite of mine. Esoteric is reissuing it in late November - remastered with a couple inconsequential (imho) bonus tracks, a new essay and interview with Jon. I am all in on this one, though a little surprised at the lack of extras that Esoteric is known for with many of such reissues (Demos, Live tracks). Hoping this maybe means they will be able to do Animation next.

    https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/...anded-edition/
    This link is dead. Is their website down?

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    ^^ Thanks, yes I have seen that before but would be good to watch again.

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    I still enjoy this album, and have my original vinyl and the first CD release, which is enough for me. I have great memories of the concert I saw from this tour, he had a wonderful supporting band with him, and somewhere I have a decent bootleg recording, possibly from The Royal Albert Hall, that I must dig out and play again soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yesstiles View Post
    This link is dead. Is their website down?
    Works now.

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    One of his best solo albums for sure. I love the title track and the rest of it is also pretty strong.

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    Sad to relate, I only went to see him on the tour (Glasgow Apollo, December 1980) because I thought (like so many others) that we'd get a good dose of Yes stuff. What we got was a five or ten minute medley part-way through, after which Jon said "so...on with the show...".

    Setlist
    1 Some Are Born
    2 Don't Forget (Nostalgia)
    3 Yes Medley:
    4 To Be Over
    5 Perpetual Change
    6 The Prophet
    7 Long Distance Runaround
    8 Wonderous Stories
    9 Rejoice
    10 I've Seen All Good People
    11 The Revealing Science Of God
    12 The Remembering
    13 Ritual
    14 Petrushka
    15 Far Away In Bagaad
    16 One More Time
    17 Every Day
    18 Hear It
    19 Take Your Time
    20 Song Of Seven
    21 Thank You Song
    22 Heart Of The Matter
    23 Band jam / All Good People.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halmyre View Post
    Sad to relate, I only went to see him on the tour (Glasgow Apollo, December 1980) because I thought (like so many others) that we'd get a good dose of Yes stuff. What we got was a five or ten minute medley part-way through, after which Jon said "so...on with the show...".

    Setlist
    1 Some Are Born
    2 Don't Forget (Nostalgia)
    3 Yes Medley:
    4 To Be Over
    5 Perpetual Change
    6 The Prophet
    7 Long Distance Runaround
    8 Wonderous Stories
    9 Rejoice
    10 I've Seen All Good People
    11 The Revealing Science Of God
    12 The Remembering
    13 Ritual
    14 Petrushka
    15 Far Away In Bagaad
    16 One More Time
    17 Every Day
    18 Hear It
    19 Take Your Time
    20 Song Of Seven
    21 Thank You Song
    22 Heart Of The Matter
    23 Band jam / All Good People.
    Lol - "five or ten minute medley" -
    4 To Be Over
    5 Perpetual Change
    6 The Prophet
    7 Long Distance Runaround
    8 Wonderous Stories
    9 Rejoice
    10 I've Seen All Good People
    11 The Revealing Science Of God
    12 The Remembering
    13 Ritual
    Even if they'd given only one minute for each, they'd have struggled to squeeze it into 10 minutes! If you check out any of the bootlegs from the tour, the medley is a around 25-30 minutes.

    I had a ticket for the Edinburgh gig - either the night before, or the night after, I guess. For the first & only time in my life, I bought the first ticket - front row, centre. I loved Song of Seven, & was so excited for the gig...

    ...only to find out there was a good reason that I got the first ticket - more or less nobody else in Edinburgh was interested in the gig, leading to its cancellation at the last minute, due to lack of ticket sales.

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    I like many Anderson solo albums (Olias, Change We Must, Deseo, Toltec, 1000 Hands...) but this one never has worked for me.
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    Simon Phillips on drums, can't ever go wrong with that.

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