Olias of Sunhillow is faithful to the spirit of Yes , though decidedly more airy than that band’s visceral style — its closest comparison would be Fragile ‘s “We Have Heaven” or Going for the One ‘s “Wonderous Stories” which was clearly influenced by this record on the vocal tracks, and Greek progressive electronic composer and future Anderson collaborator Vangelis on the instrumental tracks. When talking about this album in , DJ Alan Freeman who did more in the UK than anyone else in the ‘s to bring prog to the masses , spoke of the “musically complex mind” of Jon Anderson. The riders were Olias: All tracks float into each other and make a continuous and very pleasant flow. There are of course lots of Yes influences and this album is vital for understanding Anderson’s contributions to Yes music. Anderson gives us a lovely “concept” album, based on the story of the people of Sunhillow leaving their home planet on an “Ark,” the “Moorglade.

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I am not going to rate it as high as masterpiece Yes albums as it lacks that punch without Squire, Howe and Wakeman. The music on the background is spectacular! So, who would this appeal to, those of you who have come to prog lately, and are looking to expand your collections to where it all started? World music from another solar system? After all people who love progressive rock do so because the music conjures up suhhillow vision and a feeling of embarking on an adventure.

Other sites in the MAC network: Jon anderson olias of sunhillow Anderson’s first personal album is an interesting blend that floats away from the majority of YES’ works.

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That being said, it’s not bad neither. Inspired by the artwork of Roger Dean and the writings of Ver Stanley Alder, Jon Anderson developed an entire story around the idea of an interstellar exodus from Sunhillow, writing this album around the narrative named for the spaceship’s architect, Olias. The combined song of Olias, Qoquaq and the tribes forced the mighty winds of the Moorglade to move and she came alive.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The album made the Top 10 in the British album charts reaching No. The song features a lot of harp and some very mystical sounding keyboards giving the song jon anderson olias of sunhillow accent. Qoquaq sang to the lands of the East and Nagrunium was awoken who spread a feeling of love and hate.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing use forum credentials. Mike Oldfield have created instrumental works on this scale but have always been denied access to the wonderful instrument of Jon Anderson’s voice. If you like your music full of riffs and muscle, probably best to stay away. I had to have it and I was completely taken by its lavish cover and pictures.

Song Of Search 3: The acoustic passages can of course remind of some Yes’ songs like the first part of ‘I’ve Seen All Good People’ and ‘Wonderous Stories’ but the sound as a whole, is very original and unique. Olias of Sunhillow features many different acoustic instruments, which Jon layers as well as his own vocals with great effect. After four-and-a-half minutes, the repetition is over, and long chords provide the basis for more excellently crafted, albeit uncomplicated, synthesizer melodies.

Olias has a continuity of intensity rarely found on any album, let alone one this ambitious. The jon anderson olias of sunhillow is very obviously influenced by eastern music and it reminds me distinctly of Vangelis’ style of eastern music. They came to a jon anderson olias of sunhillow between the gales and Gardens of Geda where they existed through wisdom and music. The extreme slow pace of ‘Song Of Search’, an instrumental that works as a transition point, is followed by the quirky synth-soaked ‘To The Runner’.


Song of Seven Anderson, “Olias of Sunhillow” takes on a far more subdued approach to the Yes experience but it is still a great foray into Jon Anderson’s fantasy world building.


A concept jon anderson olias of sunhillow, I’m sure that you can read the synopsis in a number of other reviews. The song begins with a group of synthesized I presume vocalists before Jon Anderson’s very distinct voice comes in with a repeated vocal and instrumental theme.

Jazz Latin New Age. The song eventually slows down and slower vocals come in, before moving into a beautiful and breath tacking closing section called “Song of Search” which is Raynart’s message to the Moorglade and it indicates the end of the story. Really hard to read, but at least they had the good sense to reproduce it. The album tells a tale inspired by the cover of Fragile, where a clan on a planet that is about to explode must build a ship The Moorglade to escape.

This is the solo album that is the most similar to Yes in my opinion very spiritual and fantasy-like. I liked Jon Anderson voice for years, and there he can use it as he wants.

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