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Jon Anderson at 60


Dave Ferris

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sounds pretty damn good imo. One of my favorite Yes tunes....a very joyful song.

 

He's in the original key of E here in 2004 and his G#s & Bs are still bell clear, as well as that infamous C# at the end. :thu:

 

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The videos I heard recently, he's playing solo and took it down to D. While he still has his trademark angelic quality , you can tell he's lost a lot. But then he's 68-69.. ;)

 

I don't follow him all that closely but wasn't he sick for sometime ?

 

Anyway I like this tune, hadn't heard it in quite some time till tonight on Sirius...it brought a big smile to my face sitting in gridlock traffic on the 101. So waxing a bit nostalgic for the happy, carefree times when I was in HS.... :)

 

Always loved that huge pipe organ sound on the original recording at the end of the tune.

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Really nice all around. What a joy to hear them like this instead of the recent live stuff with Benoit David that sounds sooo bad. Anderson sounds as good or better at 58 than he did at 28. Squire sounds very good on backing vocals too, thanks for posting it.

 

I don't follow him all that closely but wasn't he sick for sometime ?

 

 

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It's nice to hear him back with Yes. I grew up with that stuff before jazz and I played organ. I remember hearing Roundabout for the first time and this is when they just released it. Then I got a little older and switched to piano, went to college and discovered Miles, Chick and Herbie among others and it was sayonara to Keith Emerson & Rick Wakeman. It's nice occasionally to listen to some of that stuff.

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I've known only one cat who could keep the high stuff going to that age. There's a singer here in Indy named Jimmy Guilford, came up in the 50's, was a part of an incarnation of the Ink Spots past their classic years, but he belonged with a group that great. In his later years, he's done some Cabaret stuff in town. One year, a bass player I know asked if I could sub for her for a gig (yeah, I play bass, or at least played it pretty well if I do say so myself - it's been a while). It was a Christmas show. There was a doo-wop version of one of the classic Christmas songs that Jimmy had the falsetto lead on. He was, quite frankly, surrounded by decent enough younger singers, none of whom could remotely hold Jimmy's jock at 70, much less when this cat was in his prime. The high notes would have been challenging for anyone, and Jimmy nailed that shit to the freaking wall. It was one of the most singularly ridiculous things I've ever witnessed. It made doing the rest of the gig worth it.

 

Hearing a Anderson singing that great and that pure like that is pretty inspiring for sure.

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Yeah the power of simplicity and good music. "Your Move" is based on basically 3 chords. An E then F#m7sus/E then at the end of the chorus goes to A. Just Jon's voice, melody and the arrangement. Great stuff..

 

The first time I heard Roundabout I was in HS and it had the same effect on me has the first time I heard Stravinsky...like whoa what the heck is that ?! :):cool:

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Truly amazing talent... Bravo to all the guys... Too bad Bruford does not play with them anymore.

 

Ahh, the first time I heard Roundabout. I was 16 and said "Whoa! Who the Hell is this band?... And the snare sounded so tight... And that bass line... And that singer!!!"

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The "Songs From Tsongas" DVD is from the same tour, and Jon is in just fabulous fettle. In fact, everyone is and it's my all-time favorite live DVD from them.

 

That and Pink Floyd's "PULSE" are two of the most astounding live performance DVDs I've ever owned.

 

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The first time I heard Roundabout I was in HS and it had the same effect on me has the first time I heard Stravinsky...like whoa what the heck is that ?! :):cool:

 

Same here with both. Other's that made the "what the heck" list include Fame By Bowie and She Blinded me with Science.

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I too was in highschool when I heard YES open for Ten Years After. They opened the show and blew us all away. We left when TYA came on! The harmonies were incredibly tight.

 

 

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Jon Anderson... What a talent.

 

Below is one of my favorite Jon Anderson performances, singing on King Crimson's "Prince Rupert Awakes".

 

Pay particular attention to Keith Tippet's piano and the amazing Mellotron parts throughout... Including maybe the finest Mellotron crescendo ever recorded at the end of this song...

 

[video:youtube]http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=la_uqgHBEb8

 

 

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Truly amazing talent... Bravo to all the guys... Too bad Bruford does not play with them anymore.

 

Ahh, the first time I heard Roundabout. I was 16 and said "Whoa! Who the Hell is this band?... And the snare sounded so tight... And that bass line... And that singer!!!"

 

My positive first impression of Yes was also about Bruford's snare drum sound.

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Cool stuff - I just have to share this anecdote...

 

I was once very active in music and had gone to Jon's house in San Luis Obispo a few times to work with him on stuff. I had an inner LMAO moment when he was telling me about his giant rack of synths. All of course were multi-channel multi-tibral MIDI instruments someone had hooked up for him.

 

This one goes "beep"

This one goes "boop"

This one goes "whoosh"

This one has a harpsichord sound

This one is an organ

etc.....

 

I didn't have the heart to tell him all of those things probably could have been done with just one of those boxes. But in fairness he isn't a keyboard player or programmer - just one of the most unique/best singers ever! So in the end I think this is just a cute story - not to be taken as disparaging at all.

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