OLIAS!



OLIAS!

Postby Vulcan 1 » Tue Mar 25, 2003 11:07 am

I know, not strictly a Yes album-feel free to move this topic if you wish.

Anyway, my copy from Amazon arrived tonight-and I am listening to it for the second time.

What do you call this music? An explosion of Joy? A clear funnel up to Heaven? A fulfillment of creativity? I am not sure if I have words to describe it. An instant Desert Island disc. How did he do it?

I am afraid I am just sitting here with a big dopey grin on my face that wont go away. I never heard this when it first came out-why did I wait so long?

I would like to try and get an LP copy so that I can see the artwork full size-the words to the story inside the CD case are really microscopic.

If you havent heard it, give it a try for sure!
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Postby perpetualchanger » Wed Mar 26, 2003 1:44 am

Vulcan, I have an extra copy on vinyl so just e-mail me your address and I'll send it to you.

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Postby YesJo » Wed Mar 26, 2003 12:56 pm

It's called pure genius in heaven I think. <img src=pix/angel.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby geoff feakes » Thu Mar 27, 2003 3:44 am

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Vulcan, I have an extra copy on vinyl so just e-mail me your address and I'll send it to you.

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This a coincidence, because so do I!

I played the album so much went it first came out in the summer of '76 that I had to buy a new copy 9 mounths later!

1976 was the best English summer in living memory by the way, and this album seemed to fit perfectly!

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Postby YesJo » Thu Mar 27, 2003 4:18 am

If anyone feels like giving me or selling me their extra, let me know!
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Postby perpetualchanger » Thu Mar 27, 2003 5:44 am

Jo, I might be able to find one for you. There's a used record store not far from me that occasionally gets a copy or two. So if I do manage to score another, I'll let you know.

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Postby psychopomp95 » Thu Mar 27, 2003 6:16 am

A record store in downtown Vancouver also has two copies, but both are quite pricey IMO ($12 US for each, I believe)... I'd ALMOST relent and buy one just for the sake of that cool artwork! <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle> And both copies are in great condition, at least the outsides are!
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Postby Coalesce » Fri Mar 28, 2003 2:26 pm

I think Olias was, by far, Jon's best solo effort. He reached his apex with this one, although he's come close with both Animation and Earthmotherearth. I thought that everything else was pretty good (Toltec, Song of Seven) to really good (Change We Must), with one or two clunkers (Angel's Embrace) along the way. For me, the best way to hear Olias is walking alone in the woods, especially at night—just you, your headphones, Jon and the stars. That's when everything becomes one for me.

Olias was not only a musical triumph, but a visual one as well. Anyone fortunate enough to have the original LP knows what I mean. That's the only problem with CDs: the visual impact of the music is missing. Alan White put it best when he was describing Roger Dean's relationship with the band. He said that in the 70s. buying an album was an event, not only for the music, but also for the visuals, which was equally as important because you had this 12" square canvas, and often a 12"x24" gatefold, to grab customers with. Listeners could identify the artist with the music, and nowhere was that relationship stronger than with Roger Dean and Yes. Now it seems that with CDs, and their 5" canvases, one cover is interchangebale with another and not as much effort is put into it as before. Maybe because I know pretty much all the Photoshop tricks used when I see these covers, as many of us do now that the technology has filtered down to the consumer level, that the labels don't seem to be going that extra mile to grab the customer. A damn shame, I think.
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Postby Ed1909 » Fri Mar 28, 2003 8:24 pm

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the best way to hear Olias is walking alone in the woods, especially at night—just you, your headphones, Jon and the stars.
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<i>That</i> sounds like a fine idea <img src=pix/icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby guilddigger » Fri Mar 28, 2003 9:00 pm

<font face='Comic Sans MS'>but how do you play the vinyl in the woods? <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle></font id='Comic Sans MS'>

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Postby Coalesce » Sat Mar 29, 2003 2:19 am

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Postby perpetualchanger » Sat Mar 29, 2003 4:07 am

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<font face='Comic Sans MS'>but how do you play the vinyl in the woods? <img src=pix/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle></font id='Comic Sans MS'>
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With a pine needle. <img src=pix/jestera.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby YesJo » Sat Mar 29, 2003 6:53 am

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Jo, I might be able to find one for you. There's a used record store not far from me that occasionally gets a copy or two. So if I do manage to score another, I'll let you know.

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Thank you darlin'!!!!
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Thank you darlin'!!!!
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Welcome. I get to that store about once a month. Maybe I'll go tomorrow ...

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Postby fragilesi » Mon Mar 31, 2003 7:34 am

Like Olias I woke and drank my sould into the ocean with this album. With it being one solo performer trying to be a Jack of all Trades this was never going to be as complex or challenging as a Yes album. But it's pure magic and I think that Jon was at his most creative on this disc. A trully great concept album and one that Jon should be very proud of!

And the artwork matches it the music!

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Postby Vulcan 1 » Tue Apr 01, 2003 10:41 am

PC-

That would be real nice of you-I will send you my address.

Wow, you can always count on Yes fans!

I have been listening to this for almost a week now, almost to the exclusion of everything else. I have found it to be quite wonderful with headphones on my early morning walks. I cant seem to get rid of the big dopey grin. I cant decide which is my favorite part, I seem to play the whole thing every time. I have been playing at work this week, I have been working at one of our shops instead of in the office for a couple of weeks, and we can play our choice of music in the morning until opening time. I have had responses ranging from fantastic to laughable. It is not everybodys cup of tea for sure, but if you like it, I think you really like it!

We have had insane weather here---75 degrees one day, snowing like a pup the next, maybe those crazy Olias vibes???

I was thinking about the idea of Vinyl packaging VS CD-I think in the pre-MTV days, when you saw that Roger Dean cover to an LP, you knew you were in for something exciting, I think it gave prog fans something to focus on. I know packaging costs are expensive, but it would be nice to include a vinyl size poster of the original artwork folded up inside the CD case

Have a great one, everybody
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Postby Yessong » Tue Apr 15, 2003 4:40 am

The first time I ever heard, "World Music", I thought, "Hey - they're ripping offr Olias!"

I truely is Jon's best effort - followed closely by Animation. One more thing to note on the LP packaging - the initial release was on textured cardboared - almost a leather feel - I believe Tull did the same thing with Living In The Past - really neat.
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Postby EricBliss12345 » Wed Apr 16, 2003 8:50 pm

Olias pretty much rules.

I however, highly doubt that Jon played all the instruments like he said he did.
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Postby Megalodon » Sat Apr 19, 2003 2:54 am

I thought about ordering Olias from the local music store and he said
he could get it for me, but it is an import and would run me about
twenty-five U.S. dollars.. Can someone tell me if it is worth that
price?? I have never even heard one song off of Olias..
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Postby guilddigger » Sat Apr 19, 2003 3:37 am

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Postby perpetualchanger » Sat Apr 19, 2003 11:34 am

If you're not averse to online buying, this is the best price I've ever seen.

http://www.cduniverse.com/sresult.asp?c ... arch=TITLE

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Postby fragilesi » Sat Apr 19, 2003 5:24 pm

Megalodon, listen to Tom, open your wallet and give your ears a treat.

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Postby manrico4 » Thu Apr 24, 2003 9:47 am

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<b>EricBliss12345 wrote:</b>
Olias pretty much rules.

I however, highly doubt that Jon played all the instruments like he said he did.
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Geez Eric:

Ater reading many of your posts (with enjoyment and sometimes frustration) you do seem a little cynical!

After listening and watching Jon Anderson for many years I'd have to say if anyone could do it he could. He really has a natural affinity for music (of course) but even watching him in videos his naturalness on playing harp, guitar, flute and percussion makes me believe he could play any instrument with a sense of rhythm, style and sensitivity if lacking in advanced technical ability.

I believe Jon.
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Postby psychopomp95 » Thu Apr 24, 2003 6:53 pm

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If you're not averse to online buying, this is the best price I've ever seen.....
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I can do you one better, Michele:

http://www.absound.ca/music/search/ms-2 ... limit%3D25

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Postby floweringtheedge » Sat May 03, 2003 4:20 am

One of the best solo albums ever ever and ever
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Postby Olias7 » Wed May 07, 2003 6:06 pm

i honestly wouldn't take anything for my japanese import cd of "olias of sunhillow."

it is simply PERFECT!! honestly the BEST solo album by a yes member EVER released!!!


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Postby tardistraveler » Fri May 09, 2003 6:02 am

I agree wholeheartedly! If you do not have this album, or have never heard it, get the Japanese CD import - it is excellent!

I bought this album the day it was released (on vinyl). It is totally amazing and I NEVER tire of it! Absolutely heaven on earth!
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