In the City of Angels

In the City of Angels

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by Jon Anderson

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In 1988, Anderson quit Yes for the second time and released his first regular solo album in six years, In The City Of Angels. Stewart Levine, best known for his work with Culture Club, was brought in to produce;…  See more details below


In 1988, Anderson quit Yes for the second time and released his first regular solo album in six years, In The City Of Angels. Stewart Levine, best known for his work with Culture Club, was brought in to produce; Anderson worked with a team of L.A. session stars and wrote a couple of songs with ex-Motown ace Lamont Dozier. All of this seemed to portend a more commercial-sounding, straightahead pop effort from the usually ethereal Anderson. The result is about half and half: when writing with Dozier, Anderson expresses conventional romantic sentiments, for which he doesn't really have a feel. His tenor is so chaste and angelic, it's hard for him to be believable on earthly love songs. And soon enough, especially on later tracks, Anderson is once again in spiritual outer space, where he seems most comfortable. The compromise, however, did not appeal to fans, who avoided this album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Wounded Bird Records


  1. Hold on to Love  - Jon Anderson
  2. If It Wasn't for Love (Oneness Family)  - Jon Anderson
  3. Sundancing (For the Hopi/Navajo Energy)  - Jon Anderson
  4. Is It Me?  - Jon Anderson
  5. In a Lifetime  - Jon Anderson
  6. For You  - Jon Anderson
  7. New Civilization  - Jon Anderson
  8. It's on Fire  - Jon Anderson
  9. Betcha  - Jon Anderson
  10. Top of the World (The Glass Bead Game)  - Jon Anderson
  11. Hurry Home (Song from the Pleiades)  - Jon Anderson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon Anderson   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums,Harp,Vocals,Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Larry Williams   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Joe Williams   Background Vocals
Bonnie Hayes   Background Vocals
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Don Freeman   Keyboards
Tommy Funderburk   Background Vocals
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dann Huff   Guitar
Kim Hutchcroft   Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Michael Landau   Guitar
Rhett Lawrence   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Steve Lukather   Guitar
David Paich   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro   Percussion,Drums
Gordon Peeke   Drums
Steve Porcaro   Keyboards
Mike Porcaro   Bass
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Marc Russo   Saxophone
Myrna Smith-Schilling   Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Luther Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Jolie Jones Levine   Background Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone,Saxophone,Soloist
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
John Anderson   Percussion,Drums
Joe Williams   Background Vocals
Larry Andrew Williams   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Kids On The Block   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jon Anderson   Arranger,Producer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Jerry Hey   Arranger
Daren Klein   Engineer
Brian Lane   Director
Rhett Lawrence   Programming,Producer,keyboard arrangements
Stewart Levine   Producer
David Paich   Producer,Orchestration
Gordon Peeke   drum programming
Glen Skinner   Engineer
Larry Andrew Williams   Programming

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In the City of Angels 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bonzo175 More than 1 year ago
I've always loved Jon's voice as the lead singer of YES, and have purchased many of his solo albums. For me, this rates as the best album. The songs are well written, very musical, and sung to perfection. Some of the solo albums are more of a concept album approach. This is just a really nice collection of songs that highlight Jon's vocal talents. Is it a YES album? No it's not, but that's what makes it special to me. Every once in a while it's got to be good for an artist to break away from the confines that a musical group places you in. Jon accomplishes that with this album. I like it! Thank you Jon for all the years you have been inspiring us with your words and music.