KAT 4054 Surrender
Produced by Jon Anderson and Neil Kernon
Released on May 1982
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KAT 4054 w. company sleeve
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T he first single from Animation followed the pop formula of Seven, using a simple and familiar melody as the framework for a stairway to musical bliss. “Surrender” remains one of his most likeable tracks over a long career, a call to end the nuclear arms race by exploding all of the weapons above the atmosphere on a single starry night. Imagine if all the nuclear weapons disappeared tomorrow. Would you feel more safe? Less safe? The answer, of course, lies in who you’re surrendering to. The flip side is a rare treat: a nonalbum track called “Spider.” Far from some unfinished afterthought, it’s a complex piece of storytelling about a spider who weaves a tapestry of man’s future (including, unfortunately, war and pestilence). It starts out with strongly strummed guitars before spinning into a dizzying mix of drums, bass, keyboards and layered voices (including daughter Debra). The song ends abruptly, but it’s a tantalizing vision of what would make a fascinating concept album some day.


  1. SURRENDER    (Jon Anderson)    3:58
  2. SPIDER    (Jon Anderson)    2:53


Debra Anderson -- narration (2)

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UK May 1982 Atlantic 7" POSP-393 picture sleeve
US May 1982 Atlantic 7PRO 4054 feat. A side only
CAN May 1982 Atlantic 7PRO KAT 4054  
GER/NET 1982 Polydor 7" 2059 409 picture sleeve


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