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    Jon Andersons Olias Of Sunhillow 2 Disc Remastered & Expanded Edition

    YES Legend Jon Andersons Olias Of Sunhillow 2 Disc Remastered & Expanded Edition Now Available For Pre-order

    Released March 26, 2021

    A NEWLY REMASTERED & EXPANDED 2 DISC EDITION OF THE LEGENDARY 1976 SOLO ALBUM BY YES VOCALIST JON ANDERSON
    NEWLY REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
    FEATURES A DVD WITH A HIGH RESOLUTION 96 kHz / 24-BIT REMASTER OF THE ORIGINAL STEREO MIX ALONG WITH A 5.1 SURROUND SOUND UP-MIX DERIVED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
    WITH FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND AN ESSAY WITH AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JON ANDERSON
    INCLUDES ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET WITH NEW ESSAY

    Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce 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 Andersons 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.

    The more I realize that time flies when youre having fun...boy oh boy, the fun Im 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 youre having fun....

    cheerslove and 'light'...Jon

    To pre-order: https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/...D0fJ3Ht47PgB1A

    Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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    Member Gizmotron's Avatar
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    That is a bummer the original multi-track tapes cannot be found. If any album would sound great in 5.1 it is “Olias...” Has anyone else experienced these “up-mixed 5.1” surround mixes by other bands? How do they sound?

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    Isn't the 5.1 of Voyage Of The Acolyte a "ne pseudo surround up-mix (plus the one of Defector)?
    Haven't played them for ages, so I can't say how they sound. I do remember Please Don't Touch (a "normal" 5.1) from the boxset sounded very good.

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    Amazon is shipping my copy so it will arrive on release date April 9th. Can't wait to hear it. 🎸🔊😃

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    This looks really nicely packaged. Id like to hear what the transfer sounds like though before Id spring for it. I have two copies of the album and the original Japanese release so the only reason Id go for this would be sound quality.

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    It's an Esoteric release, so I'm pretty sure it'll sound great regardless. I've been consistently impressed with their work.

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    Got my new re issue of Olias yesterday, a very nice package. Will report back on the sound when I have time.

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