Contributors timhorton69swagmdadrianTarantxon. Ocean Song. Meeting Garden Of Geda. Sound Out The Galleon. Dance Of Ranyart. Olias of Sunhillow is the first studio album Sweets For My Sweet - Tanja Und Christian - Sweets For My Sweet English singer-songwriter and musician Jon Andersonreleased in July on Atlantic Records.
It is a concept album which tells the story of an alien race and their journey to a new world following a volcanic catastrophe on their home planet. Anderson wrote and performed the music himself. By mid, Anderson had been the lead vocalist in the progressive rock band Yes for seven years. In August of that year the band, which was then a line-up of Anderson, bassist Chris Squireguitarist Steve Howedrummer Alan Whiteand keyboardist Patrick Morazcompleted the — tour in support of their seventh album, Relayer.
For his solo effort, Anderson wished to present a concept album which told a "semi-science fiction" story inspired by the artwork that Roger Dean had designed for Yes's fourth album, Fragile It's a very simple story [ Anderson's growing desire to learn about musical structure and his own performing capabilities with various instruments made Olias of Sunhillow a platform for him to explore this with a self-taught approach, without help from other musicians.
He had previously relied on his Yes band mates for seeing his ideas for songs through and decided against the idea of spending time learning to play the piano with a teacher.
It was an intense period of time. The planet of Sunhillow is home to four tribes—Nagrunium, Asatranius, Oractaniom and Nordranious   —each of which represents Kišni Razdraganci - Various - Ritam Rock Plemena, Od Uragana Do Urbana (DVD) different aspect of music consciousness, which comes under threat after a catastrophic eruption of its volcano.
He is helped by fellow magicians Ranyart, the harp-playing navigator of the glider, and Qoquaq pronounced "ko-quake"the mystic and appointed spokesperson who unites the four tribes to leave the planet together. Olias fashions the Moorglade Mover by persuading Sunhillow's trees and fish to sacrifice their lives and substance to form it, while Qoquaq travels across Sunhillow using trance singing to bring together the mutually suspicious tribes to unite and board the ship.
With the population on board and in a collective trance, the ship leaves Sunhillow just before the planet explodes into millions Dance Of Ranyart/Olias (To Build The Moorglade) - Jon Anderson - Olias Of Sunhillow silent teardrops. As the glider travels through deep space, the refugees succumb to the mysterious Moon Ra, a force of disorientation.
Creating an evil form out of their panic and frustration, they are reassured and reunified by Olias through his singing of chords of love and life. The only thing that resembles Yes on the Olias cd is Jon's voice. The music is very lush and layered like a Japanese origami very intricate and artistic.
The Dance Of Ranyart/Olias (To Build The Moorglade) - Jon Anderson - Olias Of Sunhillow is mainly keyboard driven with some percussion and acoustic guitar but nowhere you will find majestic Moog leads ala Wakeman, guitar solos or anything too "rock" like which is a blessing in itself Jon must have made a conscious decision not to emulate Yes when he decided to do the solo stint.
Its sort of a nebulous fantasy story expressed in sound. The artwork is also a fine collaborator to whats in-store for the eager listening ear. If he only ever released one solo album Olias of Sunhillow would have satisfied the Yes fan for life. Great music and a true work of sound art. Reply Notify me 1 Helpful. DreadfulDanG September 5, Report. This is literally the thinnest record I have ever held. From the very first second the listener realizes this album has very little to do with Yes, except for the vocals Anderson sings in a multi-playback chorus with himself.
This album does not rock, althiough there are some rhythmical passages with lots of percussion, but if you listen to it by candle light and close your eyes, you will be teleported to the faraway planet where Olias and his brothers reside and follow them on their mystical journey.
The Vinyl tells the story in a very cryptic and hard to understand way but it can eventually be deciphered. There were three "riders" who came to the plain of Jallowcross and their dream.
They came to a place Love You Better - Vic Moan - Skinny Man the gales and Gardens of Geda where they existed through wisdom and music. The riders were Olias: was to build the ship the Moorglade Mover, Ranyart: Was to guide the moments begotten lights and Qoquaq: a leader, a fashioner of peoples of Sunhillow.
There were four tribes that lived on the planet through music and each had their own light from their music and stars. Ranyart started the exodus with beams of alternity and music which would carry him towards steams of passion. Olias has been building the Moorglade by using metallic-trees and he used them to create the frame of the Moorglade.
He then called to all the fish that lived in the oceans of Solar to come. They created the outer-shell of the ship. The people from the four tribes were set aboard the ship and she flew through Love Deep Inside (Original Club Mix) - Various - Remix Club Connection 3 - Summer 2009. The people had left Sunhillow because the planet could no longer support the tribes.
Qoquaq sang to the lands of the East and Nagrunium was awoken who spread a feeling of love and hate. Qoquaq's song was so strong that all was attracted towards him and he travelled towards the Moorglade. The combined song of Olias, Qoquaq and the tribes forced the mighty winds of the Moorglade to move and she came Sunny Day - The Faster Gore Core Girls - Mary. The Moorglade was cast onto the sea, and the power within her forced her to race towards the stars.
As the ship reached space Sunhillow exploded behind them, shattering all existence on the planet. Leaders Olias and Qoquaq put all their energy to piloting and guiding the Moorglade which left the tribes to assess their own situation. Suddenly Moon Ra, created of the people's fear showed its face and they begged for mercy from it. At that moment Olias woke and felt within him the fear of his people and he was able to overcome of creature of fear.
Ranyart had spelt out the passage where the Moorglade was to travel and he flow over the heavens, attracting the silent clouds, singing a song of search. The moorglade came to rest on the fields of Asguard. Their task now complete the three riders flew to the highest mountains and drifted towards the sun.
The song is very obviously influenced by eastern music and it reminds me distinctly of Vangelis' style of eastern music. I suppose this is where the belief that Vangelis worked on this album originated from. If indeed this is a solo effort by Jon Anderson I'm very impressed. The song begins with a group of synthesized I presume vocalists before Jon Anderson's Skinny Dipping - Various - Weekly Magic Tape #40 distinct voice comes in with a repeated vocal and instrumental theme.
The second part, "Sound out the Galleon" begins which is in English this time and is supported by acoustic guitar chords and harp. This is defiantly one of the major highlights on this album as it very well describes the mood of it. The song features a lot of harp and some very mystical sounding keyboards giving the song an accent.
There is a little bit of a Dance Of Ranyart/Olias (To Build The Moorglade) - Jon Anderson - Olias Of Sunhillow in the song as it crosses over into "Olias To Build the Moorgalde " which as the name suggests that Olias is going to build the Moorglade.
This section begins with a very cheesy sounding synthesizer interlude, but after that all is well. The song is one of the first notable times where Jon Anderson sings in harmony with himself in his own, unique vocal style. Qoquac uses his energy of song to make the Moorglade move which is the subject of the song. The ship begins its journey with the tribes on board to their Dance Of Ranyart/Olias (To Build The Moorglade) - Jon Anderson - Olias Of Sunhillow home across the stars.
The song is again very harp and synthesizer orientated which is not out of the usual for this album. This song has a very distinct melody and the vocals are particularly good here.
It opens with the chiming of synthesizers before a very memorable synthesizer melody comes in with electric guitar chords chiming in the background.
There are also rings of percussion throughout this song. I have to admit that this song almost brought me to tears on some occasions, its that good.
Jon Anderson's vocals are so strong and unique on this track as the repeating synthesizer melody chimes in the background. Some of the vocals are chilling and Jon Anderson can hold a note for quite a long time! Moon Ra, the monster created of the people's fear. The opening section of the song begins very gradually with the ringing of guitar chords and harmony vocals. The use of synthesizers is very subtle, but brilliant in this song.
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. The song tells us that the tribes of Sunhillow have reached their home at their new world. The second section of the song ends the album off with a beautiful synthesizer section and leaves one amazed. Sound Out the Galleon 3.
Olias To Build C-utter / Dead Peni - C-utter/ Dead Peni Moorglade 4. Naon b. Chords b. Song of Search 8. Everything about this album is Dance Of Ranyart/Olias (To Build The Moorglade) - Jon Anderson - Olias Of Sunhillow I'm usually looking for in a recording and there are few as good or as progressive.
This has a great story line and the music from it influenced some of Yes's songs, most notably "Wondrous Stories" which a very successful single. However "Olias of Sunhillow" wasn't all that successful and a small number of people would have found it very intriguing. I'd recommend this album to all fans of Yes's mystical side, for everyone else it may be a little bit too heavy in terms of Jon Anderson-ness. The songs all flow so seamlessly, and during the first song "Ocean Song" there is this Mike Oldfield vibe going on.
The elements that make up the sound here are synths, percussion, harp and acoustic guitar and of course Jon's vocal, that don't appear until part way through the second song "Meeting Garden Of Geda ".
There is an Eastern sound to the next two songs, and the vocal arrangments on "Dance of Ranyart" are pretty amazing. Part way through "Qoquac En Transic" the percussion dominates, and there are also some unique sounds that come and go. The vocal melodies are again so well done. The conclusion of the song is very spacey.
This really isn't my favourite style of music to listen to but I think every prog fan should at least check out "Olias Of Sunhillow". It is a concept album based on Roger Dean's cover artwork for Fragile. Roger didn't do any of the artwork for this album. Dave Roe is credited with illustration and design. He did a pretty good job for not being Roger Dean.
The cover art is very nice. For the inside of the gatefold LP cover you get four pages with the concept story of Olias of Sunhillow and an inner sleeve with they lyrics.
Unfortunately, the Japanese CD has all the artwork reproduced, but when it's shrunk to CD booklet format, the words lost their clarity. Really hard to read, but at least they had the good sense to reproduce it. The artwork and story are very much a part of the package here.
Essential to prog fans and the best Jon Anderson album outside of his work with Yes. This album is, in a word, unearthly. It would most likely sound odd and clumsy to any non-prog listener - who couldn't even categorize it. Dance Of Ranyart/Olias (To Build The Moorglade) - Jon Anderson - Olias Of Sunhillow not rock, nor is it New Age; it has this and that melted into one. World music from another solar system?
That sounds true. I still have respect for this If I had got it on CD, I probably wouldn't even have it anymore, so important is the overall package in this case. With this in mind I can't give more than 3 stars. Some parts of it are extremely irritating, amateurish Dance Of Ranyart/Olias (To Build The Moorglade) - Jon Anderson - Olias Of Sunhillow low-fi, and the lyrics of which one hardly understands anything even without shamanistic lines like "mutto matto", don't really help to digest it.
The story, including some beast-looking interplanetary vehicle called Moorglade see the coveralso goes beyond me. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Dance Of Ranyart/Olias (To Build The Moorglade) - Jon Anderson - Olias Of Sunhillow Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.
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