Watching The Flags That Fly
(Voiceprint / MVD)


As he proved way back in 1975 when he took a break from Yes and recorded the instantly classic Olias Of Sunhillow, singer-songwriter Jon Anderson is no slouch in the studio. Since then, Anderson’s been the most prolific player in the Yes group and in 2008 U.K. based Voiceprint released a number of rare and live music from Anderson’s archives. Album number five in Anderson’s coming 20 part series and future box set, The Lost Tapes, the fifteen track Watching The Flags That Fly is a good example of Anderson’s prolific muse in action. Basically songs that never got recorded, the collection features songs that Anderson wrote and recorded in the south of France in 1990 while waiting to record the second ABWH album. Anderson’s genius comes out at various times on these self-recorded demo tracks that feature a wide range of his appealing multi-track rock orchestrations. Released by Voiceprint and handled Stateside by Music Video Distributors, The Lost Tapes also features a number of 2007 CD releases including Jon Anderson With The New Life Band Live In Sheffield 1980 (double CD set featuring a 9 piece band performing Yes classics in December 1980), The Mother’s Day Concert (15 tracks, live from May 1996) and Searching For The Songs (14 studio demo tracks from the 1986 era of Anderson Bruford Wakeman & Howe). Not part of the Lost Tapes series, Anderson’s comparatively recent double CD set Jon Anderson Live From La-La Land features 20 tracks of Yes covers and assorted originals recorded in 2004 at the Roxy in L.A. and released on Anderson’s Opio label through Voiceprint in 2006. Commenting on his unique one man band sound on La La Land, Jon adds, ‘To me, doing the one-man-show is like a balancing act. I use a MIDI guitar and I play and sing at the piano.’ /


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