In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Yes co-founder Jon Anderson will reissue an expanded version of his second solo album, 1980's Song Of Seven, on November 27th. The set features Anderson backed such notables as Cream's Jack Bruce, Humble Pie's Clem Clemson, and future Who and Toto drummer, Simon Phillips, who supplied percussion on the set.
According to the press release, “(The new edition) has been newly remastered from the original Atlantic Records master tapes and is expanded to include two rare U.S. single edits previously unreleased on CD and restores the original album artwork in a digi-pak. The booklet also features a new essay with an exclusive interview with Jon Anderson.”
Jon Anderson told us that whether on his own or within the confines of Yes, over the decades, he's always jumped at the chance to further his creative explorations: “Yeah, y'know, in some ways, you reinvent yourself every day — or every minute, some people say. But I know that over my career, I was always willing to Vangelis, or Kitaro, or Bob Fripp. Y'know, when Bob Fripp asked me to sing a song on the second (King) Crimson album, I said, 'Yes! Please!' And I think that's what life is all about. You have to be adventurous. So, I don't feel any weight at all having to prove anything ever. I've never actually wanted to have to prove anything. I'm still busy trying to create the better music.”
Out now is Jon Anderson's latest solo set, 1000 Hands. The album includes performances from Anderson's past and present Yes bandmates — including late-co-founding bassist Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Rick Wakeman, and Trevor Rabin.
Other high-profile guest on the set are Anderson's longtime collaborator Jean Luc Ponty, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Journey's Jonathan Cain, Pat Travers, and jazz greats Chick Corea and Billy Cobham.