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Jon Anderson's Animation to get remastered reissue

Jon Anderson in his studio
(Image credit: Deborah Anderson)

Jon Anderson's 1982 solo album Animation is to be reissued in April. A newly expanded, remastered version of Animation will be released through Esoteric Recordings on April 30.

Animation was the former Yes singer's third solo album, following on from 1976's Olias Of Sunhillow and 1980's Song Of Seven, both of which have also been reissued by Esoteric Recordings.

The album was recorded throughout 1981 during Jon’s first hiatus from Yes. Working with co-producer Neil Kernon and a host of talented musicians such as David Sancious, Jack Bruce, Simon Phillips, Chris Rainbow, Clem Clempson and more Anderson created an album that absorbed the latest electronic instrument technology whilst retaining an ambitious and progressive edge.

Animation reachedNo. 43 in the UK album charts upon its release by Polydor Records in June 1982 and spawned two UK singles, of which the non-album track Spider acted, strangely, as a B-side to both releases.

The new Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered from the original Polydor Records master tapes and is expanded to include the single B-side track Spider and restores the original album artwork in a digipack. The booklet also features a new essay with an exclusive interview with Anderson.

Jon Anderson

(Image credit: Cherry Red Records)

Jon Anderson: Animation
1. Olympia
2. Animation
3. Surrender
4. All In A Matter Of Time
5. Unlearning (The Dividing Line)
6. Boundaries
7. Pressure Point
8. Much Better Reason
9. All God's Children
10. Spider

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.