ED 5109 Easier Said Than Done
Produced by Roy Thomas Baker
Released on December 1985
no chart information
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ED 5109 cover  

T he first and only single from Jon Anderson’s Christmas album, 3 Ships. The A side, “Easier Said Than Done,” suffers from multitracked vocals and mechanical synthesizers -- just the kind of unfortunate setting you’d expect from pairing Roy Thomas Baker with the Yes vocalist. The song -- credited to, I kid you not, Van Gelis on the promotional 12-inch -- was probably conceived as something more organic, a taste of which is given at the song’s close. There were apparently two different B sides that were used, “Day of Days” and “Save All Your Love.” The promotional 12-inch features the former, and it’s much more in line with what Jon’s fans would expect for holiday fare. The setting is still synthetic, but the chorus is simply too good to hold down; it’s not likely to become a Christmas classic anytime soon, but it does give his voice the space it needs to soar. Since both tracks are identical to the elpee versions, the 12-inch is not deemed a collectible.

TRACK LISTING

    UK 7-inch single
  1. EASIER SAID THAN DONE
  2. THREE SHIPS

    UK 12-inch single
  3. EASIER SAID THAN DONE
  4. THREE SHIPS
  5. OH HOLY NIGHT

    US 7/12-inch single
  6. EASIER SAID THAN DONE    (Van Gelis)    3;32
  7. DAY OF DAYS    (Jon Anderson)    3:21

    Alternate US 7-inch single
  8. EASIER SAID THAN DONE
  9. SAVE ALL YOUR LOVE (REPRISE)

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1985 Elektra 7" EKR 31 picture sleeve
UK 1985 Elektra 12 EKR 31T  
US 1985 Elektra 7" 7-69580  
US 1985 Elektra 7GRN 7-69580 green vinyl w. alternate B side
US 1985 Elektra 7PRO 7-69580 feat. A only
US 1985 Elektra 12PRO ED 5109  
CAN 1985 Elektra 7" 96 95807  

 

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