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Survival & Other Stories

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2011 album from the former Yes vocalist. This album is a collaborative affair featuring Jon and many other artists writing songs via the internet while Jon performs them. The album as a performance is however a solo album and features that unique Jon Anderson stamp. It began life as an advert on Jon Anderson's website. "About four years ago I just put in an ad on my website: 'Musicians Wanted'... this is the result." - Jon Anderson.
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  • Audio CD (July 26, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gonzo/Voiceprint
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Survival & other stories" is a unique collaboration of Jon Anderson with musicians that responded to his website request "Musicians wanted...send me your music..." posted four years ago. Ever the spirited innovator and adopter of new technology, Jon pushes the boundaries of music making in the 21st century. All songs were worked on and recorded via the internet, with his collaborators recording in their own home studies around the world and Jon adding his unique vocals and the final production in his home studio in San Luis Obispo. The results are superb and represent easily one of the best works of his over 40 year long career.
Jon sings with renewed energy having survived long standing illnesses and near death experiences in the past four years. The songs present a fresh perspective of his positive outlook on life, love and the spiritual future of the human race. The freshness in the songs is also created by the variety of musical styles that the different musicians bring in. Simple acoustic guitar or piano supported songs ("Effortlessly"; "Love & Understanding"; "Cloudz") mix with fully orchestrated pieces ("Incoming"; "Just one man"), world music ("Sharpening the Sword") and modern pop ("New New World"). "Making music is easy" he writes in the liner notes and he shows us in the effortless mastering of various musical styles and influences in this outstanding collection of songs held together by his voice and spirit.
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For the first time in my life, I went to see Jon Anderson sing at the BB King's Blues Club in NYC on April 30th of this year. I have been a fan of his since I was eight. I am 33 now. I only recently got mostly caught up with the work he did with Yes, Vangelis and other artists within the last nine years. It would be a TOTAL understatement to say he has touched my life with his celestial voice and his out-of-this-world beautiful lyrics, because I think of the heavenly Light he represents and how that Light has used Jon to set my soul free from the lies I got told all my life.

Imagine, therefore, my horror back in 2008 when Jon nearly died from an asthma attack.

Imagine, now, my amazement and utter relief watching from afar his miraculous recovery and the regained ability to do what he loves best: sing and make music. The result of this triumphant comeback: "Survival and Other Stories," which I purchased at BB King's before the show started.

My friend and I popped in the CD once we were back in her car and like the Jon fans we are, we fell even further under this magical man's spell!

One thing I have always loved about Jon is the true artistic ability to create different-sounding albums while retaining the core essence of who he is inside. "Survival and Other Stories" follows that deeply creative pattern, and then some.

"Unbroken Spirit" is the cornerstone song of this album, and like many of Jon's other songs, it struck me to the bone with this intense understanding of what it means to be alive and breathing, literally and philosophically.
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Jon Anderson's voice has been a beacon of light for more than 40 years. As the mystical singer of Yes, Jon helped define progressive rock in 1970s, creating some of the most ambitious and timeless musical works of his generation. In the 1980s, Anderson paired up with the Greek keyboard wizard Vangelis, a collaboration that resulted in hauntingly beautiful extended works like The Friends of Mr. Cairo and Horizons. And in the 1990s, Jon teamed up with the New-Age composer Kitaro to create the exquisite and inspiring music found on the album Dreams.

In the new millennium Anderson continued to work with Yes until life-threatening health issues led to his involuntary departure from the group he put his heart and soul into. The circumstances surrounding Jon's rift with the band are unfortunate. However, true to form Jon has responded to the challenges life thrust upon him with personal and musical dignity. I saw Jon Anderson in concert in Ridgefield CT in 2010 and can personally attest that his unique musical gifts (and sense of humor) are well intact. Jon is still in very good voice and his music and stage presence are as enchanting as ever.

Jon is best experienced in small venues, which allow for an intimate setting and a real rapport with the audience. Recording technology is amazing, but no CD or recording can truly capture the magic of hearing Jon live. Nevertheless, his new album, Survival and Other Stories does what good music should do; namely, it creates a bond with its listeners.

Jon's music on Survival and Other Stories is both highly personal and deeply felt. Unbroken Spirit touches on Jon's health crisis and his struggle to maintain his spirit in the face of bodily decline.
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Picture yourself as a singer on stage in front of a large crowd of people with all eyes upon you. Now, even if you are well accustomed to performing on stage, and are within your comfort zone in front of an audience and do well, keeping audiences entertained year after year is of course a completely different story. To survive and remain a long-term success, everything is dependent on your abilities as a vocalist and the quality of the lyrical message you wish to deliver.

Jon Anderson, former lead vocalist and lyrical messenger for the group Yes, is while I write this review, standing on a stage entertaining audiences during tour venues in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, which is in support of his concept album - Survival & Other Stories. What I find most impressive about Jon Anderson is the fact he has been not only capturing, but keeping a firm grip on audiences with his music for the past 5 decades, and so it goes without saying that Jon Anderson is a wonderfully gifted vocalist with a exciting message people truly want to hear over and over again. It was during my recent 2011 interview with Jon Anderson where he specified that while on stage, concert goers would hear original Yes songs, along with Jon & Vangelis songs. In addition he articulates the biographical aspects about his life to an audience, what the songs mean and how they were created, along with singing songs from his newest release - Survival & Other Stories. Jon also acknowledged the importance his fans are to him, which are of course the lifeblood for any artist.

Jon Anderson is a music superstar, even to those other than his most loyal fans who regard him as one of the greatest music icons past and present.
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