The Promise Ring

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Angelic voiced Jon Anderson may have achieved his greatest fame and accolades as lead singer of the legendary British progressive rock band Yes, but his solo ventures-from 1976's Olias of Sunhillow to his first Higher Octave release, the primarily instrumental Angels Embrace-have tapped into a more personal, spiritual side of his artistry. Anderson's two recent Windham Hill releases Deseo and Toltec expanded his cultural reach even further, establishing him as a masterful world music artist in the genres of Latin and Native American music. For The Promise Ring, which marks the debut of Higher Octave's new vocal imprint label Omtown, Anderson delves into his own heritage...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Angelic voiced Jon Anderson may have achieved his greatest fame and accolades as lead singer of the legendary British progressive rock band Yes, but his solo ventures-from 1976's Olias of Sunhillow to his first Higher Octave release, the primarily instrumental Angels Embrace-have tapped into a more personal, spiritual side of his artistry. Anderson's two recent Windham Hill releases Deseo and Toltec expanded his cultural reach even further, establishing him as a masterful world music artist in the genres of Latin and Native American music. For The Promise Ring, which marks the debut of Higher Octave's new vocal imprint label Omtown, Anderson delves into his own heritage for a thrilling celebration of traditional Irish and Celtic melodies. Singing his own lyrics to the joyous, percussive sounds of multiple fiddles, pennywhistles, and mandolins, Anderson envisions "Eireland, as if I was living in the year 2002 and Eire was once again One" after years of political strife. He and his cast of close to 30 musicians recorded the nine tracks live at a pub in San Luis Obispo, CA Opio Studio and in a small church in San Luis Obispo over three nights to recapture the spontaneous feeling of the music as Anderson first heard it. The lyrics on this homespun project range from the hopeful spiritual messages of "Born to Dance" and the title track to more personal romantic expressions on "True Life Song" and "Flowers of the Morning." From the folkloric imagery of "The Timing of the Known" to a wistful, poetic ode to Ireland called "OR'."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Opio Media
  • UPC: 604388698226
  • Catalog Number: 04

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Born to Dance (3:58)
  2. 2 Flowers of the Morning (4:17)
  3. 3 Timing of the Known (5:31)
  4. 4 True Life Song (4:18)
  5. 5 Are You? (3:46)
  6. 6 My Sweet Jane (3:35)
  7. 7 True Hands of Fate (5:20)
  8. 8 The Promise Ring (5:30)
  9. 9 O'Er (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jon Anderson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
John Bartlet Guitar
Pete Morin Mandolin
Peter Richardson Mandolin
Chris Scott Flute
Gary Atkinson Fiddle
Dave Dewees Mandolin, Penny Whistle
Marty Lau Drums
Dave Lewicki Mandolin
Mary McCluskey Dulcimer, Fiddle, Flute
Karen Peterson Flute, Guitar
Jane Luttenberger Anderson Vocals, Harmony
Adam Hunter Bodhran
Alan Dick Violin, Keyboards
Julie Cooper Fiddle
Paul Welch Guitar
Bruce Powers Dulcimer
Inga Swearingen Spoons
Technical Credits
William Aura Mastering, Re-assembly
Jon Anderson Producer, Liner Notes
Matt Marshall Executive Producer
Dan Selene Producer, Executive Producer
Benjamin Cziller Art Direction
Maria Ehrenreich Production Director
Robin Ayling Executive Producer
Kevin Dickey Engineer, Sonic Solutions
Greg Notley Contributor, Sound Coordinator
Karen Peterson Orchestration
Jane Luttenberger Anderson Duet
Matt May Engineer
Nancy Forrest Artwork, Calligraphy
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