It is the soundtrack to his complex vision, and every sound the listener hears represents a part of the mystical story he had in mind. Jon Anderson's distinctive "Yes" voice is accompanied by acoustic guitar, keyboards and some very interesting and varied percussion. As a result, it's not easy, but it's cohesive. The album is heartfelt and spiritual, a carefully and masterfully crafted surreal journey from start to finish.
Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new expanded and remastered 2-disc edition of YES singer JON ANDERSON's classic debut solo album, "Olias of Sunhillow". Released in July 1976, the album was a conceptual work telling the story of an alien race who set out to find a new world after the volcanic destruction of their home planet. All of the music on the album was written and performed by Jon Anderson. Recording took place at Anderson's home studio in Buckinghamshire, while Yes took a break after touring to promote the album "Relayer". Originally recorded on an 8-track tape machine, the arrangements were then re-recorded on a 24-track tape machine. On the album, Jon recorded the music entirely on his own, teaching himself to play keyboards and acknowledging the influence of such legendary musicians as Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz and Vangelis on his work. It was even rumored that Vangelis had a hand in the album, though the maestro denied this in interviews.
"Olias of Sunhillow" was released in the summer of 1976 by Atlantic Records in a lavish gatefold sleeve designed by David Fairbrother-Roe and was a top ten album in the UK. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been remastered from the album's original master tapes and fully restores the stunning original artwork. It also includes a booklet with a new essay and an exclusive interview with Jon Anderson.
In subsequent years, the album's outstanding quality has led to many appeals to remix the album in a 5.1 surround sound format. Unfortunately, despite intensive research, the album's multitrack masters cannot be located. However, this expanded edition of "Olias of Sunhillow" includes a DVD with a high-resolution 96 kHz / 24-bit remaster of the stereo mix, plus a high-resolution 5.1 surround sound upmix derived from the original stereo master tapes as an additional feature.
Reviews"But the ambient and ethno sound of the Sound of the cooperation with Vangelis the remastered reissue has been extended with a booklet booklet with an exclusive interview with with Anderson and a DVD, which contains a 5.1 surround sound mix of the original Original (...)." (Good Times, April/May 2021)