23/06/2008

Jon Anderson - London, 2005


Shepherds Bush Empire - 10th October 2005

While we have Jon in our thoughts, hoping he gets better soon, it's a good time to remember his solo shows, always much simpler than Yes ones but nonetheless sophisticated.
This one is noteworthy because Jon briefly quotes Sound Out The Galleon on the way into Soon, which makes it very special for admirers of Olias Of Sunhillow.
Quoting a review of another concert from the same tour:
Aside from a screen projecting visual sceneries and a mostly acoustic Anderson (who only plugged in for one quick keyboard set and occasionally had piped in loops or accompaniment) it was an intimate session packed with nearly two dozen songs. From the get go he set out to please, settling extremely early into the readily familiar "Long Distance Runaround" and dusting off the deeper cut "Yours Is No Disgrace."
The first half also saw him turn to other bodies of work such as his solo cannon for "You Lift Me Up." During this selection, Anderson relied heavily on a pre-recorded reggae beat, which despite sounding artificial, brought the chilled out chord strums to more vibrant life. Another key area of his career came from the albums he made with acclaimed instrumentalist Vangelis, which reached a mainstream peak the States via "State of Independence" (once covered by Donna Summer). Though lacking the disco dance grind in this setting, Anderson allowed room for some groove while still remaining in character. Additional attention came from that collaboration with "I'll Find My Way Home," a new aged styled track examining religious tolerance.
Anderson also dabbled with the keyboard for a handful of old timers that came across so personal he could've very well been in the audience's living rooms. Paring the solo delicacy of "Set Sail" with the Yes staple "Close To the Edge" was intriguing, while "The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)" came across as downright chilling. Even though it was clearly the commercial apex of his career, "Owner of a Lonely Heart" was the one track that simply didn't work in this environment, trading it its slick synth-pop for an abridged and unplugged version. But come the encore "Your Move" all the lighters came out and the otherwise quiet and attentive crowd let loose like a packed karaoke bar. Paired with an acapella finale of "O'er," it made for an introspective and enlightening send-off die-hards will be desperate to see again.

9 comments:

Martini said...

Links:
http://rapidshare.com/files/123408129/JALSHBE2005-1.zip
http://rapidshare.com/files/123415986/JALSHBE2005-2.zip
http://rapidshare.com/files/123418244/JALSHBE2005-3.zip

Anonymous said...

excelente thanks a lot

Knox said...

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Obrigado por vossa presteza em divulgar tão excelente trabalho


Um abraÇO

Anonymous said...

A concert purely made of light and life... Brilliant !

LifePlus

Merlinus said...

O blog está cada vez melhor. Continue sempre assim, pois o Yes merece a classificação...
Yes, Simply The Best!
abraços do Mago...

biboprof said...

hi martini, sorry to post this here, but do you know what happened to the Forgotten Yesterdays Website ? when you try to reach it you're are immediately redirected to another site which has nothing to do with it... Thanks for your help and for your fantastic blog!

Martini said...

It seems they had some problem with virus... it's hard to maintain a non-profitable site...
But now they're back again!

Anonymous said...

Great show!!!

Could you please re post the last third of the show, Rapidshare keeps saying it was taken down.

Thanks!!!