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In the City of Angels

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 3/17/2009
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140491021
  • Catalog Number: 4910
  • Sales rank: 49,711

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hold on to Love (4:46)
  2. 2 If It Wasn't for Love (Oneness Family) (4:25)
  3. 3 Sundancing (For the Hopi/Navajo Energy) (3:17)
  4. 4 Is It Me? (4:25)
  5. 5 In a Lifetime (4:14)
  6. 6 For You (2:53)
  7. 7 New Civilization (4:32)
  8. 8 It's on Fire (4:10)
  9. 9 Betcha (4:00)
  10. 10 Top of the World (The Glass Bead Game) (5:25)
  11. 11 Hurry Home (Song from the Pleiades) (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jon Anderson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    YES, it's Jon!

    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.

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