Jon Anderson: In The City of Angels (1988)

Probablemente este es uno de los esfuerzos más considerables por parte de Jon Anderson tras una década de conciliar su lado más comercial y accesible con su currículum musicalmente más ambicioso. A diferencia de sus otros álbumes, Jon Anderson y su Sello discográfico invitan a un Staff de músicos de excepción a participar en la composición y la producción de los diferentes temas, encontrándonos con muchos de los miembros de Toto, donde Jon correspondió a su vez el favor participando en su álbum The Seventh One. Dos canciones del álbum (Hold on to Love y In a Lifetime) fueron co-escritas por Lamont Dozier, de Motown Records. Así también se puede ver en un cameo a Chris Squire en el video de Hold on to Love.

En este disco podemos encontrar temas dirigidos a las grandes audiencias que de hecho le significó un éxito en los charts de popularidad con Hold on to Love llegando al primer puesto, del mismo modo que otros bellamente construidos y de una espiritualidad que ha caracterizado anteriores trabajos junto a Yes o Vangelis como Top of The World o Hurry Home. Probablemente este disco junto con Olias of Sunhillow (1975) y Song of Seven (1980) representan los esfuerzos más significativos por parte de la voz de Yes dentro de su carrera solista.

Tracklist:

1. “Hold On to Love” (4:46)
(Jon Anderson/Lamont Dozier)
2. “If It Wasn’t for Love (Oneness Family)” (4:25)
(Anderson)
3. “Sundancing (For the Hopi/Navajo Energy)” (3:18)
(Anderson)
4. “Is It Me” (4:25)
(Anderson/Rhett Lawrence)
5. “In a Lifetime” (4:14)
(Anderson/Dozier)
6. “For You” (2:51)
(Anderson/David Paich)
7. “New Civilization” (4:31)
(Anderson/Don Freeman/Gordon Peeke)
8. “It’s on Fire” (4:10)
(Anderson/Freeman)
9. “Betcha” (4:00)
(Anderson/Lawrence)    10. “Top of the World (The Glass Bead Game)” (5:25)
(Anderson/Paich)
11. “Hurry Home (Song from The Pleiades)” (4:58)
(Anderson)

Personnel

Jon Anderson – Vocals, Harp, Drums, Percussion
    Steve Lukather – Guitar (Track 10)
    Steve Porcaro – Keyboard programming (Track 10)
    Jeff Porcaro – Drums (Track 2, 4 & 10)
    Mike Porcaro – Bass (Tracks 2 & 4)
    David Paich – Keyboards, Orchestration (Tracks 2, 4, 6 & 10)
    Joseph Williams – Backing vocals (Track 10)

    Larry Williams – Keyboards, Programming (Tracks 1, 3, 5 & 9)
    John Robinson – Drums (Tracks 1, 3, 7-9)
    Paul Jackson Jr. – Guitar (Tracks 1 & 5)
    Jimmy Haslip – Bass (Track 1, 5, 7 & 8)
    Lenny Castro – Percussion (Tracks 1, 3, 5 & 7)
    Dann Huff – Guitar (Tracks 2, 4 & 8)
    Michael Landau – Guitar (Tracks 2, 4, 7-9 & 11)
    Marc Russo – Saxophone (Track 4)
    Paulinho Da Costa – percussion (Tracks 4 & 8)
    Gordon Peeke – Drum programming (Track 7)
    Don Freeman – Keyboards (Tracks 7 & 8)
    Jerry Hey – Trumpet (Track 7)
    Gary Grant – Trumpet (Track 7)
    Bill Reichenbach Jr. – Sax, Trombone (Tracks 7 & 9)
    Kim Hutchcroft – Sax (Track 7)
    Rhett Lawrence – Keyboards, Programming (Tracks 9 & 11)
    The Cathedral Choir – Backing vocals (Track 11)

Produced by stewart levine for oliverea prod. Ltd.
“hurry home (song from the pleiades)” produced by stewart levine and rhett lawrence “top of the world (the glass bead game)”
And “for you” produced by david paich,
Jon anderson and stewart levine engineered and mixed by glenn skinner*
And daren klein**
Assisted by michael tacci and julie last “top of the world (the glass bead game)”
And “for you” engineered by john jessel
Recorded at ocean way recording,
Hollywood, california mixed at ocean way recording,
Hollywood, california and sound castle,
Los angeles, california “top of the world (the glass bead game)” and “for you” recorded and m ixed at the manor
Mastered by bernie grundman at bernie grundman mastering, hollywood, california
Horn arrangements on “new civilization.”
“is it me” and “betcha” by jerry heyan & jon anderson
Direction: brian lanç for sun arts music ltd.
Production coordinator: marsha k. Burns
Special thanks for their love and support: jennifer elizabeth, deborah, dam ion and my sweet jade.
Many thanks to anne, james & eddy stuart, jolie & sunny, paul siveira, alex & karen, ron dev1vo. “le club français” my spiritual sisters and brothers, don the freeman and retro lawrence.
“the toltec club”: jean marie, patricia murray, garry barlough
Paul & lois, dean ford, kathlyn moses, david paich and everyone at the manor & ocean way.
(tiz and fiz and giorgio)
Thanks to tony dimitriades and everyone at lookout management. My new friends at cbs records. Chuck kay/warner chappell music,
Korg instruments, rich & bo/siegel and feldstein.
And in london, martin sta1nton for his help and everyone at stainton & shafto.
Dedicated to all who live and work in the city of angels.
So much love to everyone.
John robinson appears courtesy of warner bros. Records inc.
Marc russo appears courtesy of mca records, inc. Siedah garrett appears courtesy of qwest records bonnie hayes appears courtesy of chrysalis records inc.

PHOTOGRAPHY: ROXY RIFKIN © 1988 CBS RECORDS INC.

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