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Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson
Anderson playing in São Paulo in December 2011
Background information
Birth name John Roy Anderson
Born (1944-10-25) 25 October 1944
Accrington, Lancashire
England, United Kingdom
Genres Progressive rock, symphonic rock, pop rock, skiffle, new-age
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, harp, cuatro, ukulele, drums
Years active 1963–present
Labels Atlantic, Polydor, Elektra, Columbia, Angel, Windham Hill, Higher Octave, Eagle, Cleopatra, Voiceprint, Wounded Bird, EMI
Associated acts Yes
The Warriors
Jon & Vangelis
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
Website .com.jonandersonwww

John Roy "Jon" Anderson (born 25 October 1944)[1] is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist musician best known as the former lead vocalist in the progressive rock band Yes.[1] He is also an accomplished solo artist and has collaborated with Greek musician Vangelis and others.


  • Early life 1
  • Early career 2
  • Yes 3
  • Vocal and lyrical style 4
  • Beyond Yes 5
    • 1970s 5.1
    • 1980s 5.2
    • 1990s 5.3
    • 2000s 5.4
    • 2010s 5.5
      • 2010-2014: The Living Tree, Survival & Other Stories, Open and keeping on touring 5.5.1
      • 2014-2015: a new band, the Anderson Ponty Band (APB) 5.5.2
  • Personal life 6
  • Health and spirituality 7
  • Tours 8
  • Discography 9
    • Solo 9.1
      • Studio albums 9.1.1
      • Collection 9.1.2
      • Singles and EPs 9.1.3
    • Yes 9.2
    • Jon and Vangelis 9.3
    • Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe 9.4
    • Anderson/Wakeman 9.5
    • Anderson Ponty Band 9.6
    • Collaborations and guest appearances 9.7
    • Solo recordings chart positions 9.8
  • Music videos 10
  • DVD 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

Early life

Jon Anderson was born John Roy Anderson in Accrington, Lancashire, England, to Albert and Kathleen Anderson. His father was from Scotland and his mother was of Irish ancestry.[1] Anderson dropped the "h" from his first name in 1970.[1]

Anderson attended St. John's Infants School in Accrington. There he made a tentative start to a musical career playing the washboard in "Little John's Skiffle Group", which played songs by Lonnie Donegan, among others. After leaving school at the age of fifteen he tried a series of jobs, including farm hand, lorry driver and milkman. He also tried to pursue a football career at Accrington Stanley F.C., but at 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m) tall[2] he was turned down because of his frail constitution. He remains a fan of the club.[3]

Early career

In 1962, Anderson joined The Warriors (also known as The Electric Warriors),[1] where he and his brother Tony shared the role of lead vocalist. He quit this band in 1967, released two solo singles in 1968 under the pseudonym Hans Christian, One of which was a cover of The Association's "Never My Love".[4] One of Anderson's first producers at EMI was songwriter Paul Korda.

In March 1968, Anderson met bassist Chris Squire and joined him in a group called Mabel Greer's Toyshop, which had previously included guitarist Peter Banks. Anderson fronted this band but ended up leaving again before the summer was over. He remarks on his website that his time with the band consisted of "too many drugs, not enough fun".[1]


Anderson, Squire and Banks went on to form Yes with drummer Bill Bruford and keyboardist Tony Kaye. Their debut album was released in 1969. Although the band had no formal leader, Anderson served as its main motivating force in the early days, doing most of the hustling for gigs and originating most of the songs. He also played a key part in initiating some of the band's more ambitious artistic ideas, serving as the main instigator of a series of complex, epic Yes pieces including "Close to the Edge", "Awaken" and especially the "musical version of War and Peace which later became "The Gates of Delirium" on the Relayer album., as well as bringing in the yogic philosophy behind Tales from Topographic Oceans. Despite his own initial lack of instrumental skills, Anderson was strongly involved in the selection of successive Yes members chosen for their musicality - guitarist Steve Howe (who replaced Banks in 1970), Kaye's successive replacements Rick Wakeman and Patrick Moraz, and drummer Alan White (who replaced Bruford when the latter departed for King Crimson in 1972).

Ambitious and stubborn (he was sometimes referred to as "the hippie with the iron hand") Anderson was also fond of sonic and psychological creative experiments, and in so doing contributed to occasionally conflicted relationships within the band and with management. One celebrated example of Anderson's approach was his original desire to record Tales from Topographic Oceans in the middle of the woods: instead, when the band opted to use a standard recording studio Anderson decided to arrange hay and animal cut-outs all over the floor to create atmosphere.[5] In another "Tales" incident, Anderson had tiles installed in the studio to simulate the echo effect of one's vocals in a bathroom.

Anderson stayed with Yes until a "bitter dispute" in 1979,[6] following which he went solo for four years. Although he did not appear on the band's 1980 album Drama, he rejoined a reformed and restructured Yes in 1983, singing on their most commercially successful album 90125 and its follow-up Big Generator. Anderson ultimately felt sidelined by the band's more pop-oriented 1980s approach (creatively dominated by then-guitarist Trevor Rabin, and aimed at major commercial success and mainstream radio play). He left the band again in 1988, and teamed up with other former Yes members in 1989 to form the group Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe (ABWH) (augmented by bassist Tony Levin, who had played with drummer Bruford in King Crimson).

After the successful first ABWH album, a series of business deals caused ABWH to reunite with the then-current members of Yes, who had been out of the public eye while searching for a new lead singer. The resulting eight-man band assumed the name Yes, and the album Union (1991) was assembled from various pieces of an in-progress second ABWH album, as well as recordings that the "Yes proper" band had been working on without Anderson. A successful tour followed, but the eight-man line-up of Yes never recorded a complete album together before splintering in 1992: Anderson remained in the next version of the band, which reunited the 90125 lineup. The '90125' line-up recorded one more album in 1994 titled 'Talk'. "Walls", which was written by Rabin and Roger Hodgson, songwriter and co-founder formerly of progressive rock group Supertramp, became a rock radio hit for the band and reached number 24 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It also became Yes’ second-to-last charting single.[7] Many more personnel changes (including assorted full or partial reunions) followed, all of which featured Anderson until 2004, when health issues began to affect his ability to play live. A Yes tour planned for summer 2008 was cancelled when Anderson suffered acute respiratory failure, precipitating his replacement within the band by Benoît David,[8] the lead vocalist in Yes tribute act Close to the Edge.[9] (and, subsequently, by Glass Hammer vocalist Jon Davison).

As of mid-2011, Anderson was collaborating with two other Yes alumni - Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman - on a new album, at the time intended to be completed by the end of 2011 but as of 2015 no album has yet resulted. On tour, the group planned to perform Yes songs and new music.[10] The group has unsuccessfully attempted to recruit Bill Bruford to drum on the album.[11]

Vocal and lyrical style

It is a commonly held misconception that Anderson sings falsetto, a vocal technique which artificially produces high, airy notes by using only the ligamentous edges of the vocal cords; however, this is not the case. Anderson's normal singing/speaking voice is naturally above the tenor range. In a 2008 interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Anderson stated, "I'm an alto tenor and I can sing certain high notes, but I could never sing falsetto, so I go and hit them high."[12] He is also noted for singing in his original Lancashire accent.

Anderson is also responsible for most of the mystically themed lyrics and concepts which are part of many Yes releases. These have occasionally alienated some members of the band (most notably drummer Bill Bruford and keyboardist Rick Wakeman), contributing to their leaving the group. The lyrics are frequently inspired by various books Anderson has enjoyed, from Tolstoy's War and Peace to Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha. A footnote in Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi inspired an entire double album Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973). Recurring themes include environmentalism, pacifism and sun worship.

Beyond Yes


Performing with Yes in Indianapolis, 30 August 1977

In 1970, Anderson appeared as a featured guest singer with King Crimson on "Prince Rupert Awakes", the first part of the title track of their Lizard album. The tune was outside the range of the group's then-vocalist, Gordon Haskell. He also co-wrote the song "Pearly Gates", which appears on Iron Butterfly's January 1975 album Scorching Beauty. In September 1975 he appeared on the Vangelis album Heaven and Hell and in the following year released his first solo album Olias of Sunhillow, in which he performs lead and backing vocals, guitars, harp, keyboards, sitar, flutes, mandolin, koto, percussion, and other instruments. In 1979 he composed the score for a ballet, Ursprung which was part of a grouping of three dance works, collectively entitled Underground Rumours, commissioned and performed by The Scottish Ballet. The choreographer was Royston Maldoom, the theatrical set and costume designer was Graham Bowers, and the lighting designer was David Hersey. The principal dancers were Andrea Durant and Paul Russell. In 1979, while Yes was on a hiatus, Anderson started recording again with Vangelis; this resulted in the first Jon & Vangelis album, Short Stories (1980).


Following Anderson's departure from Yes in March 1980, the singer began work on his second solo album, Song of Seven, which appeared in November, followed by a major British tour with The New Life Band. In 1981 he appeared on Rick Wakeman's concept album 1984. He also released an album with Vangelis in July 1981 called The Friends of Mr Cairo. The album produced two singles: "I'll Find My Way Home" and "State of Independence"; the latter was a bigger hit for Donna Summer than for Jon and Vangelis, getting to No. 14 in the British Charts. The album was also notable for the title track, which was an ode to classic Hollywood gangster films of the 1930s and '40s, with voice impressions of Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre and James Stewart which paid homage to the classic film noir The Maltese Falcon. In 1982, he released Animation and in 1983 he appeared on Mike Oldfield's "In High Places" from the album Crises as well as another song called "Shine". In the same year he also appeared with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. During this year, he tried to form a trio with Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson, but it did not come to fruition.

In 1984, Anderson appeared on the song "Cage of Freedom" from the 1984 soundtrack for a re-release of the Fritz Lang silent film Metropolis. In 1985, his song "This Time It Was Really Right" was featured on the soundtrack for the movie St. Elmo's Fire. He also sang "Silver Train" and "Christie" on the film soundtrack Scream for Help. Along with Tangerine Dream, he appeared on the song "Loved by the Sun" for the 1985 film Legend directed by Ridley Scott. Anderson released a Christmas-themed solo album, 3 Ships, at the end of 1985.

The 1986 film Biggles: Adventures in Time features a song sung by Anderson. During this year, he recorded some demo tracks that would later be reworked. He and Vangelis also started writing new songs and recording demos for another album. Though the album was not made, they performed live together on 6 November 1986.

The last three years of the 1980s saw him singing (and briefly appearing in the music video) on "Moonlight Desires" on Gowan's album Great Dirty World in 1987. He recorded the album In the City of Angels and also sang on "Stop Loving You" on the Toto album The Seventh One in 1988, and in 1989 he recorded an album that would later be released as The Lost Tapes of Opio. He also sang on the songs "Within the Lost World" and "Far Far Cry" for the Jonathan Elias album Requiem for the Americas.


Anderson playing on 27 September 2003 with Yes in Hawaii

Upon completion of the Big Generator tour in 1988, Jon Anderson teamed up with ex-Yes members Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Bill Bruford. The result was Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, released in 1989 and supported by a successful tour. Because of the separate existence of Yes (part of the band's name still being owned by Anderson), this alternate incarnation were forced to use their surnames as the band's name. Meanwhile, Yes began composing and recording material for their follow-up, while Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe did the same, beginning production at Miraval Studios in the South of France in April 1990. Bowing to record company pressure to resurrect the Yes banner, Squire and Anderson came up with the idea of merging both projects, which resulted in the 1991 album Union.

Although the supporting world tour was a commercial and critical success, praised by fans and band as one of Yes' best ever, the album was not as well-received, resulting in sales figures equivalent to those of the ABWH album (750,000 copies worldwide). Union would turn out to be Yes' last studio album to have significant sales, though it did not match the popularity of 1987's Big Generator. One of Union's singles, "Lift Me Up", became Yes' biggest hit on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart, reaching the top spot and remaining there for six weeks in early 1991.

A 4th Jon and Vangelis album, Page of Life, was released in 1991. In 1992 Anderson appeared on Kitaro's album Dream, adding both lyrics and vocals to three songs: "Lady of Dreams", "Island of Life" and "Agreement". He planned to release an Ancient America-influenced solo album called The Power of Silence in 1993, but it was not released due to issues with Geffen Records. He also toured South America with a band that included his daughters, Deborah and Jade. He appeared on the song "Along The Amazon" which he co-wrote for violinist Charlie Bisharat's album of the same name. He also recorded an orchestral solo album called Change We Must in 1993; it was released the following year.

In 1994, Anderson released a solo album of Latino-influenced music called Deseo. There were plans to release a live album called The Best of South America, but it was not released due to management issues (though some copies were already released by Yes Magazine). Anderson sang on the 7th Level children's video game Tuneland. Also, his son Damion released a single called Close 2 the Hype, which featured him and Jon on vocals. The next year he released a solo album called Angels Embrace and spoke of a plan to tour and record in China, but this idea was soon abandoned in favour of focusing on work with Yes. In 1996, The Power of Silence was released under the title Toltec. This release included sound effects that were not on the original recording. Anderson also played a Mother's Day concert in San Luis Obispo.

The year 1997 saw Anderson recording and releasing a Celtic-influenced solo album called The Promise Ring, around the time he married Jane Luttenberger. During their honeymoon, Earthmotherearth was recorded and later released, followed in 1998 by an album called The More You Know that Jon and Jane recorded in Paris, France, with Francis Jocky. Anderson appeared on the song "The Only Thing I Need" by act 4Him in 1999; it was recorded for a multi-group album called "Streams". Steve Howe's tribute album Portraits of Bob Dylan also featured a cover of the Bob Dylan song, "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands", with Jon's vocals. He also recorded with a band called The Fellowship on the album In Elven Lands, inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Anderson in Italy, 29 November 2007


In 2000, Anderson and then-Yes keyboardist Igor Khoroshev worked on an album called True You, True Me. A tour was to commence in 2001, but due to Khoroshev's sexual assault charges during Yes's 2000 Masterworks Tour, the project was shelved. In 2002, Anderson started recording songs for a project called The Big If, which has not been released (as of 2015). In 2004, he appeared with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of Cleveland. The concert was recorded but only released to the orchestra members. He also recorded live on XM Satellite Radio in Washington, D.C. on 1 April. This show was released on a DVD called Tour of the Universe in 2005, which incorporated visual effects. This release coincided with the release of Jon Anderson's single "State of Independence".

Anderson's earlier albums Olias of Sunhillow and Song of Seven were re-issued in 2006. Animation was tardily released on CD to complaints about the professionalism of the sound. To some ears, a later pressing used a better master, although the label Voiceprint denies any differences between the pressings. In Elven Lands, an album containing Anderson's recordings with The Fellowship, was also released as were the first seven volumes of a box set called The Lost Tapes. Also in 2006, Anderson appeared with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (East Coast Troupe) during two 16 December shows in Philadelphia to play "Roundabout".

In 2007, Anderson contributed vocals to an album Culture of Ascent by American progressive rock group Glass Hammer; and appeared as part of a vocal ensemble on the track "Repentance" from the Dream Theater album Systematic Chaos. During that year, Anderson also toured both the USA and England with The Paul Green School of Rock Music. Anderson's 1985 Christmas album 3 Ships was also released on CD with bonus tracks.

Anderson performing at the Wilbur Theater in Boston, 15 March 2012

The year 2008 saw an ambient album using Anderson's voice and bird song called From Me to You added to The Lost Tapes. Anderson appeared on the song "Sadness of Flowing" which he co-wrote for Peter Machajdík's album Namah and he made similar contributions to a re-mastering of Tommy Zvoncheck's album ZKG.

In 2009 Anderson played on a European tour called "Have Guitar, Will Travel". Later that year, his 1997 album EarthMotherEarth was re-released with bonus tracks. Rather than just have Jon Anderson's name, it was released under "Jon and Jane Anderson". In The City of Angels and Change We Must were also reprinted during this year.


2010-2014: The Living Tree, Survival & Other Stories, Open and keeping on touring

Anderson played a series of shows in Canada and the United States in 2010. He and Rick Wakeman began an autumn tour of the UK at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, on 9 October. A sample of Anderson's vocals from Mike Oldfield's "In High Places" is prominently featured in Kanye West's 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in the opening track "Dark Fantasy".

In October 2010, as Anderson/Wakeman, Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman released a joint album entitled The Living Tree. Initially sold only as a souvenir during their "The Anderson Wakeman Project 360" UK tour in Autumn 2010, the album was later made available to the public in November 2010.

In March 2011, Anderson played a rendition of "Owner of a Lonely Heart" with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) Philharmonic of San Antonio, TX.

In June 2011, Anderson released Survival & Other Stories, his fourteenth solo album.

In October 2011, Anderson released a single-track album entitled Open, featuring orchestration by Stefan Podell.[13]

In late 2012, Anderson launched a site for Zamran Experience, his next concept album. It is to be a sequel of Olias of Sunhillow.[14] The site features a preview video.

On 28 March 2013, Anderson embarked on an 8-date Australia spring tour, 40 years since Yes' first tour down under in March 1973, followed by a one-off performance at a spring festival in Canada (Rouyn-Noranda, QC), a 4-date short Europe summer tour and 2 separate shows in fall 2013, one in Florida (Miami Beach) and the other in Iceland (Reykjavík) as his very first visit in this country.

On 15 February 2014, Anderson embarked on a 2-month North America tour including a "Progressive Nation At Sea 2014" cruise (50-minute) performance that ended on 24 April 2014. After two shows in the US (on 16 August 2014 in Chesterfield, Missouri and on 31 August 2014 in Avila Beach, California), Jon completed a 5-date South America tour in October 2014. Two North America shows are yet scheduled for November 2014 (in San Francisco, CA and Las Vegas, NV).

In October 2014, Anderson announced the release on 19 October 2014 of a new Jon Anderson & Matt Malley charity single entitled "The Family Circle".

2014-2015: a new band, the Anderson Ponty Band (APB)

On 25 July 2014, Jon announced the formation of a new ensemble, the Anderson Ponty Band, with French violinist and jazz composer Jean-Luc Ponty and the recording of an album. The band was announced with a line-up of Jamie Dunlap on guitars, Wally Minko on keyboards, Baron Browne on bass and Rayford Griffin on drums & percussion. An earlier line-up with Michael Lewis on guitar[15] was dropped.

The band has re-visited the music created by Anderson and Ponty over the years with new arrangements while creating new compositions as well.[16] The Anderson Ponty Band were writing and arranging old favorites during the previous three months i.e. May, June and July 2014. Then, they went in residence for three weeks in September 2014 at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado rehearsing, recording and playing their debut public performance on Saturday 20 September 2014, with a live album and DVD planned. Plans for a world tour were also announced.A videography documenting the making of the album would also be released as well as videos of performances.

On 4 January 2015, the band confirmed that the CD/Digital Download and DVD of the Aspen show were in the editing process and due to be released in February or March 2015. However, Dunlap left the band and was replaced by Ponty guitarist Jamie Glaser who overdubbed Dunlap's parts on the live album.

On 13 January 2015, Jon Anderson confirmed that, after having decided to cancel some solo shows due to suffering sinus problems for a couple of months, he would "tour with Jean Luc Ponty and the band this coming late spring/summer" 2015.

On 29 January 2015, guitarist Jamie Glaser confirmed that the band's engineer in the UK had begun mixing the album and that the making of the video was going well.

On 27 February 2015, on their Facebook page, the APB stated: «we are nearing the end of February [2015] which was our original target to release the project followed by a tour. We have had two notable setbacks: guitarist Jamie Dunlap couldn't fulfill the time commitment to edit and complete recording and Jon had a health issue that has since been resolved. This has cost us months of time.» The band confirmed that Jamie Glaser (who has a long history with Jean-Luc Ponty) has replaced Jamie Dunlap and is still recording all new guitars. The APB also announced that engineer, mixer and producer Stuart Bruce was mixing the first completed tracks which are "A is for Aria" and "Infinity", «working on these two tracks for weeks just to get the balances right» and «also doing multiple versions of the mixes for various uses.» The band also confirmed that the live «video has been moving along but has to wait for finished mixes so each edit and cut synchs to the music...», talking about «a painstaking process but worth it.» The APB also stated that, «in the meantime, [they] are working to secure distribution and marketing/promotion partners around the world» and that they «are planning a world tour but the start date has not been determined because the music needs to be completed so a real schedule can be planned», promising to «deliver an incredible music and video experience [and] more snippets and other cool updates» in the near future.

On 13 August 2015, the APB confirmed that their long-awaited debut (live) album (a partial recording of their debut public performance on 20 September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado) would be released (as a CD with a bonus DVD) on 25 September 2015 and revealed that the title of the album is Better Late Than Never, which is also the name of their 17-date North America Fall 2015 tour. Indeed, the "Better Late Than Never" tour began on 23 October 2015 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and is due to end on 21 November 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. In preparation for the tour, the Anderson Ponty Band (APB) rehearsed for two weeks at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA in anticipation of the 27 October 2015 show in Glenside, PA (the originally planned start of the tour). Then the Sherman Theater asked the band to play this show in Stroudsburg before the true beginning of the tour. Thus, this 23 October 2015 show was announced only just one week earlier.[17]

Personal life

Anderson married Jennifer Baker in 1970, and they divorced in 1995. They have three children: daughter Deborah Anderson (b. 1970), son Damion Anderson (b. 1972), and daughter Jade Anderson (b. 1980).[18] He married Jane Luttenberger in 1997.[19]

Deborah Anderson sang on her father's solo album Song of Seven, sang background vocals on Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, and more recently has sung for the French electronica band Télépopmusik on the album Angel Milk (released 2005); she also works as a photographer.[20][21] Damion Anderson spoke the final lines in the Yes song "Circus of Heaven" which appeared on Tormato, and is also a musician; he released the EP Close to the Hype ("C2T Hype") in 1994 with his father (remixes). Jade Anderson's birth is celebrated in her father's song "Animation" on the album of the same name, and she sang back-up vocals on many of his later albums. She has released a solo album in Japan.[22]

In 2009, Anderson became an American citizen after 25 years living in the country.[23][24]

Health and spirituality

Anderson was a smoker in the 1960s and 1970s, but now prides himself on a much healthier lifestyle. In the mid-1970s, Anderson became a vegetarian, as did most members of Yes; however, in an interview he stated, "I was a veggie for a while, but again I grew out of that. But I do eat very healthy."[25] In a 16 August 2006 interview on The Howard Stern Show, Anderson said he eats meat, mostly fish, on occasion. In the interview, he also stated he had a spiritual adviser that "helped him see into the fourth dimension". Before live performances, he often meditates in a tent with crystals and dreamcatchers, a practice he started in the 1980s. Anderson's religious beliefs are syncretic and varied,[26] including respect for the Divine Mother Audrey Kitagawa.[27] He has worked with the Contemporary Christian music band 4HIM: in 1999, his vocal was featured on the song "The Only Thing I Need", which appeared on a 'various artists' CD entitled Streams.

One of Anderson's passions is painting, and he uses his art as another channel for his creativity and self-expression. His artwork is available to view on his official website. He lived in France with Jennifer Baker at a farm in Saint-Paul de Vence for over five years from the very late 1970s, becoming friend of painters Marc Chagall and André Verdet, nearest neighbours (inspiring some of his songs and musical themes). In 1990 he returned in France to record demos between Le Domaine de Miraval still in Provence at Le Val and Paris, this time with ABWH for the perspective of an hypothetical second album.

On 13 May 2008, Anderson suffered a severe asthma attack which required a stay in hospital. According to Yes' website, he was later "at home and resting comfortably." Yes' planned summer 2008 tour was subsequently cancelled, with the press release saying, "Jon Anderson was admitted to the hospital last month after suffering a severe asthma attack. He was diagnosed with acute respiratory failure and was told by doctors to rest and not work for a period of at least six months."[28] Further health problems continued through 2008. In September 2008, Anderson wrote that he's "so much grateful and so blessed...I look forward to 2009 for the "Great Work" to come."[27] He started singing again in early 2009.[29] In 2009, he returned to touring (solo), performed along with Peter Machajdík and an ensemble of Slovakian musicians on Tribute To Freedom, an event to commemorate the fall of the Iron Curtain in former Czechoslovakia at Devin Castle near Bratislava, Slovakia, and continued touring in 2010 and the autumn of 2011, with Rick Wakeman for a UK tour (2010) and the eastern US (2011).[27]




Studio albums


  • The Lost Tapes (planned as a 20 CD boxset but only 7 CDs have been released) (2006 as set) (live performances, unreleased demo albums etc.)
    • Interview (2006) (JAVPBX01CD)
    • The Mother's Day Concert (2006) (demos) (JAVPBX02CD)
    • Searching For Songs (2006) (demos) (JAVPBX03CD)
    • Live in Sheffield 1980 (2006) (JAVPBX04CD)
    • Watching The Flags That Fly (2006) (JAVPBX05CD) (Jon Anderson's personal demos, worked on in the south of France in 1990, for the never-officially released second ABWH studio album whose working title was Dialogue)
    • The Lost Tapes of Opio (2007) (JAVPBX06CD)
    • From Me To You (2008) (JAVPBX07CD)

Singles and EPs

  • Flight of the Moorglade / To the Runner (1976)
  • Some Are Born / Days (1980)
  • Take Your Time / Heart of the Matter (1980)
  • Surrender / Spider (1982)
  • All in a Matter of Time / Spider (1982)
  • Cage of Freedom (1984)
  • Easier Said Than Done / Save All Your Love (Reprise) (1985)
  • Easier Said Than Done / Day of Days (1985)
  • Easier Said Than Done / Three Ships (1985)
  • Easier Said Than Done / Three Ships / Oh Holy Night (1985)
  • How it Hits You / Day of Days (1985)
  • Hold on To Love / Sundancing (1988)
  • Hold on To Love / In a Lifetime / Sundancing (1988)
  • Is it Me / Top of the World / For You (1988)
  • Island of Life / Lady of Dreams (1992)
  • Change We Must / State of Independence (1994)
  • State of Independence (CD-Single) (2007)
  • Unbroken Spirit (Digital Single) (2010)
  • Give Hope (Original Digital Single) (2011)
  • Brazilian Music Sound (Original Digital Single) (2012)
  • Open (Original Digital EP) (2011)


Jon and Vangelis

Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe

  • Live at the NEC (2012) (2CD + 1DVD live album, recorded in 1989)


Anderson Ponty Band

Collaborations and guest appearances

With Johnny Harris:

  • "All To Bring You Morning" (1969; 1973 + Howe et White)

With King Crimson:

With Iron Butterfly:

With Vangelis:

  • Heaven and Hell (1975) – Vangelis album with Anderson vocals on "So Long Ago, So Clear"
  • Opéra Sauvage (1979) – Vangelis album with Anderson playing harp on "Flamants Roses"
  • See You Later (1980) - on "Suffocation" and "See You Later"

With Alan White:

  • on the Album "Ramshackled" (1976) on track: "Spring Song of Innocence"

With Mike Oldfield:

With Rick Wakeman Album "1984" (released 1981):

  • on track "The Hymn"

On Movies:

  • Soundtrack – Metropolis (1984 – with Giorgio Moroder):
    • "Cage of Freedom"
  • Soundtrack – Scream For Help (1985 – with John Paul Jones):
    • "Silver Train"
    • "Christie"
  • Soundtrack – St. Elmo's Fire (1985):
    • "This Time It Was Really Right"
  • Soundtrack – Biggles (1986):
    • "Do You Want To Be A Hero"
    • "Chocks Away"

With Tangerine Dream:

  • Loved by the Sun Legend soundtrack (1985)

With Lawrence Gowan:

  • Moonlight Desires (1987)

With Toto:

  • Backing vocals on the single version of Stop Loving You (1988) – This was the same year Toto members contributed to Anderson's City of Angels.

With Anderson, Harley & Batt:

  • Whatever You Believe (1988)

With Jonathan Elias:

  • Requiem for the Americas: Songs from the Lost World (1990) (first song Within The Lost World (lead vocals), and Far Far Cry (10th and 12th (single) songs)

With Kitaro:

  • on the album: "Dreams" on the tracks: "Lady of Dreams", "Agreement", "Dream of Chant", "Island of Life" (1992)

With London Philharmonic Orchestra:

With Charlie Bisharat:

  • Along the Amazon (1993)

With Steve Bailey:

  • Evolution (1993)

With Ayman:

  • Dancing with My Soul (1994)

With Milton Nascimento:

  • Angelus (1994)

With Cielo y Tierra:

  • Heaven And Earth (1996)

With Steve Howe:

  • Album: "Portraits of Bob Dylan", on the track "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" (1999)

With Béla Fleck and the Flecktones:

  • "A Moment So Close" and "Aimun", on Outbound (2000)

With 4 Him:

  • sing the chorus of the song "The Only Thing I Need", on the "Streams" various artists album first released on Word Records "Dove Awards Album" (2002)

With The Fellowship:

  • In Elven Lands (2006)

With Dream Theater:

With Glass Hammer:

With Peter Machajdík:

On Movies:

  • Soundtrack – The Highest Pass (2011 – with Michael Mollura):
    • "The Highest Pass Title Song'"
    • "Waking Up'"

With Marco Sabiu:

With Dennis Haklar:

  • Lizard's Tale (2012)

With Jean Philippe Rykiel:

  • Inner Spaces (2012)

With Jeff Pevar:

  • River of Dreams (2012) from Jeff Pevar's debut solo album From the Core

With Everyday Animals:

  • False Awakening (2013) from Everyday Animals' album Under the Tyranny of Good Weather

Solo recordings chart positions

US album chart (Billboard)

UK album chart
Year Album Chart Position
1976 Olias of Sunhillow Pop Albums 47
1976 Olias of Sunhillow UK Albums Chart 8
1981 Song of Seven Pop Albums 143
1981 Song of Seven UK Albums Chart 38
1982 Animation Pop Albums 176
1982 Animation UK Albums Chart 43
1985 3 Ships The Billboard 200 166
1994 Change We Must Top Classical Crossover 8
1997 The Promise Ring Top World Music Albums 15
US singles chart (Billboard)
Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Some Are Born" Billboard Hot 100 109
1982 "Olympia" Mainstream Rock 59
1984 "Cage of Freedom" Mainstream Rock Tracks 17
1986 "Easier Said Than Done" Adult Contemporary 38

Music videos

  • "Easier Said Than Done"
  • "Hold on To Love"


  • Tour of the Universe, 2005 (83')


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External links

  • Official website
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