55088 2 Change We Must
Produced by Jon Anderson & Tim Handley
Released on November 1, 1994
US TOP CLASSICAL CROSSOVER CHART POSITION #8
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T he Symphonic Music of Yes didn't quite live up to its potential, so no one was holding their breath for classical arrangements of Jon Anderson's work. And yet Change We Must fulfills the promise of their previous attempt at presenting Yes' music in a more refined light. In their original form, songs like "State of Independence" and "Anyone Can Light A Candle" (here presented as "Candle Song") were amorphous. Here, they take shape beautifully with rich orchestral arrangements balanced beside Anderson's voice. Some of the selections might seem like odd choices at first (two tracks from In The City Of Angels and nothing from Olias of Sunhillow you say?), but Anderson approached this session with a revisionist eye. "Hurry Home" in Celtic form, "Under the Sun" (which had originally appeared as "It's On Fire") in third-world guise, sparkle with newfound vitality. For Yes fans, "Hearts" receives an encore, though it's one of the few songs here that sticks close to the originals. And the album-ending "Change We Must" is almost lovely beyond words. Always looking to challenge expectations, Anderson even provided some honest-to-goodness classical piano pieces (cowritten with David Tolley), performed here by Gwendolyn Mok. That Jon Anderson remains willing to embrace change, while flourishing in these new settings, is a testament to his ongoing relevance as an artist. Read the review at All Music Guide.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. STATE OF INDEPENDENCE    (Jon Anderson/Vangelis)    5:37
  2. SHAKER LOOPS    (John Adams/Jon Anderson)    5:31
  3. HEARTS    (Jon Anderson/Trevor Rabin/Chris Squire)    5:03
  4. ALIVE & WELL    (Jon Anderson/David Tolley)    4:43
  5. THE KISS    (Jon Anderson/Vangelis)    3:51
  6. CHAGALL DUET    (Jon Anderson/Nicole Valencia)    3:31
  7. RUN ON, JON    (Jon Anderson/David Tolley)    2:46
  8. CANDLE SONG    (Jon Anderson/Vangelis)    3:36
  9. A VIEW FROM THE COPPICE    (Jon Anderson/David Tolley)    2:46
  10. HURRY HOME    (Jon Anderson)    6:52
  11. UNDER THE SUN    (Jon Anderson)    5:01
  12. CHANGE WE MUST    (Jon Anderson/Vangelis)    5:39

CREDITS

JON ANDERSON -- vocals, arrangements
MATT CLIFFORD -- arrangements, orchestration, keyboards
LONDON CHAMBER ACADEMY -- orchestra
OPIO SINGERS -- choir
CHRISTOPHER WARREN-GREEN -- director
Geoffrey Alexander -- orchestration (5,6,8,10,11)
Jade Anderson -- vocals (8)
Teresa De Santis -- executive producer
Tim Handley -- orchestration (7,9)
Keith Hefner -- arrangements (5,6)
Nick Ingman -- orchestration (1,4,12)
Skaila Kanga -- hrap (8)
Milton McDonald -- guitar (3,12)
Gwendolyn Mok -- piano (4,7,9)
Nadya -- sun chant (11)
Steve Pearce -- bass (3,11,12)
Sandrine Piau -- vocals (6)
Bob Stewart -- orchestration (3)
Ian Thomas -- drums (3)
Nigel Warren-Green -- orchestration (3)
Toby Alington -- engineer, mixing, synths
Nick Parker -- engineer
Karl Grant -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/US/CAN November 1, 1994 Angel CD/CS 55088 lyric sleeve

 

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