Jon Anderson: ‘I thought there was something good about this album, the songs had lasted so long’

July 17, 2020

By any standards, Jon Anderson’s album 1000 Hands has been a long time in coming.

The singer, known for four decades as the voice of multi-million selling progressive rock band Yes, as well as his collaborations with synthesiser pioneer Vangelis, actually started work on this record 30 years ago with Brian Chatten, a long-time friend who was with Anderson in the 1960s group The Warriors.

Initial writing sessions took place at Big Bear Mountain ski resort in southern California. “He came up and was in such a funny, wonderful mood, he’s a real comedian,” recalls Anderson. “We just laughed for the whole month and I went skiing every morning, it was a wonderful time and the tracks really got some shape to them.”

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