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Open - Single

October 25, 2011

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  • Original Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Label: Open Music
  • Copyright: 2011 Open Music
  • Total Length: 20:54
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  • ASIN: B005XT5Z8U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,867 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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It's Gorgeous! Musically delicious! Jon Anderson has, it seems, an unending ability to make his audience smile and FEEL GOOD!
I love this guys work. I saw Jon with "YES" 24 times, and now as of this year, 2011, seen his solo shows 5 times.
(If I include the last show "The Living Tree" tour with Mr Rick Wakeman)

He has that "Gift of Light" that he speaks of so much of his music. I'd heard of this piece "Open", some months back, and finally had the chance to
download it tonight, the day after Thanksgiving, 2011. After enjoying a fine meal I was truly grateful for, I heard OPEN for the 1st time.
It's Jon Anderson at his finest. Yes, his voice has changed slightly, yes it's noticeable, and it's as endearing as ever, and more!

If you are a true fan of Jon's then know you will love this work. I have no doubt it will become a staple for this fan. I feel fortunate I am still, at this point
in time, able to have a chance to hear this great man releasing excellent new audio delights. He is maturing finely. Every stage of his musical life has not
disappointed! The 2011 tours, both solo & w/ Rick were superb. This fan has no regrets. Jon is happy, and it shows in his personal
appearances and in his writing!
Buy (on I-Tunes for a savings of $5.) this song complete w/ PDF file of the "OPEN" booklet and relax as you will, and ENJOY!
~Jimmer Mackinnon
Northern Vermont
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon is back! (He never left.) January 4, 2012
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For anyone waiting for a Yessy new epic, this is it. Sweeping and symphonic, this piece borrows a short theme from "New Language" (The Ladder, 1999) and reminds me of the best of Magnification. A piece this good could be twice as long and I'd still want to immediately press Replay for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jon Anderson? Why Yes It Is! December 8, 2012
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I've always preferred Jon's non-linear lyrics in the early Yes days (think "I've Seen All Good People"). So for me, this epic single, Open, falls short of my expectations. It continues his predictable syrupy lyrics that we saw on Survival And, and Living Tree. That said, there are some interesting melodies built within this song, making it a very enjoyable listen. I would have preferred a stronger climactic finish but maybe we'll get that with Open Part II.

Far too much is being made of the changes in Jon's voice. Everyone's voice changes (e.g. Van Morrison, Greg Lake, etc) so deal with it. His voice is still 10X better than Yes' revolving door of lead singers.

This single is unmistakably Jon Anderson and even casual fans of Yes or Jon will enjoy the music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent August 28, 2012
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I really think this song reflects Jon Anderson. I just went to a YES concert and I was so disapointed not to se Jon Anderson in stead they hired a very young kid that sings very close to Jon's voice but never like him. Its a shame the group that I love for so many years is done. If you ask me I prefer Jon's music than what Yes is making now.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Yes than "Yes" October 25, 2011
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That's right, this new long form song from Jon Anderson has far more Yes going for it than what "Yes" released recently. Jon is in great form here, as his health issues are clearly a thing of the past. His voice is strong and clear and it is good to see him being so creative now. I can't get my mind around his being gone from Yes, as he is the missing ingredient. This song would have made a great side one of a great new Yes album.

After his wonderful, "Survival and other Stories", album, this is a welcome addition that, to me, at least, reassures us all that the man is still here and will be for some time to come.

As for the disparity of the pricing between iTunes and Amazon, only they know why. Not that either 3.99 or 7.99 is pricey, it's the big difference between the two.

But as for the song itself, it is worth every dollar! Kudos to you, Jon Anderson.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jon's Voice Shines in Open April 23, 2012
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For more than 40 years, Jon Anderson's inspiring voice has radiated positivity. The mystical singer of Yes is now on his own, but Jon continues to make music that pushes the envelope and stirs the soul. His latest offering, "Open" is an epic-length digital single, which harkens back to the LP side-long progressive fare that Anderson created with Yes in the 70's and Vangelis in the 80's.

"Open" is an ambitious work that is imbued with the spiritual motifs which permeate Jon's work. Religious themes by rock musicians tend to drive rock critics batty, which is one reason Jon is so unappreciated by the mainstream rock press, but there is no doubting the sincerity that shines through in Jon's voice. When he sings lines like "the sun is calling," what you hear is a singer who puts his entire soul into the music.

To jaded rock critics, the idea that "the sun is calling" deserves scorn. However, I think the notion deserves serious consideration. Cosmologists, for instance, tell us that the atoms that make up our bodies were forged in solar explosions eons ago. In a very real sense, we are children of the stars.

The idea that the sun is calling us implies that there is teleology in nature. That is, we are all born with a potential, which we are striving to actualize. The sun of course, is a traditional symbol of goodness and the divine; the sun's rays nourish all life, which cause all of life's entities to orient themselves towards the sun. In a sense, it is the nourishing rays of the sun that draw out the potential in life so that it becomes fully actual.

Plato believed that the sun was the visible manifestation of the Good, the metaphysical principle which was the source of all value and meaning in life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Song Confirms Jon Anderson's Artistry With Long Compositions
Looking forward at the end of this month in March 2014 seeing Jon perform this song live on his tour. This is truly a master piece that Jon has created. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stan Lisowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Jon Anderson's "Open"
Being a YES fan since I received their first album as a present in 1971, I have followed their progress and various lineups over the years. Read more
Published 8 months ago by James Haight
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Orchestration
Jon Anderson is accompanied here by some excellent orchestrations. I'm not sure who played or arranged the music, but it reminds me of the orchestra on Magnification. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Daniel J. Sweigert
4.0 out of 5 stars Really like this!
I think this is a nice piece from Jon. I don't hear any change/deterioration in his voice in any way at all, as other reviewers have suggested. Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by Wallofvoodoo
2.0 out of 5 stars Mere politics
Most of these reviews put down another artist--Yes--rather than say anything meaningful about Jon's work.
BTW why does no preview feature Jon's voice?
Think about it.
Published on November 20, 2011 by Dr. Cajet
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring the YES MUSIC that the recent 'Yes' Album lacks
Superb long-form piece that goes through a number of progressions (duh) whilst maintaining upbeat and positive sounding throughout - a real high energy tonic! Read more
Published on October 31, 2011 by Hazey Lanes
3.0 out of 5 stars Jon's demo of a never-to-be Yes epic
Jon Anderson's new progressive rock EP sounds like a collection of his home demos grafted onto backings by a symphony orchestra. Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by Store Hadji
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