Olias Sequel Is Driving Jon Anderson Crazy
Jon Anderson says the storyline of his follow-up to Olias Of Sunhillow is driving him crazy because he’s had to rewrite it four times.
He says the work is a “slow-baking cake” but aims to finally release it in due course.
Olias Of Sunhillow was his first solo album. It appeared in 1976 – but the sequel, to be called The Songs Of Zamran: Son Of Olias, has already been underway for six years.
Anderson tells Noise11: “It’s ongoing. I have written the story now five times – it’s driving me crazy.
“It’s not ready yet; It’s like a cake. I have all the ingredients but I haven’t put it in the oven yet.”
But fans who want a hint as to how the album might sound should look no further than his 22-minute piece Open, released last year. “It explains where I am going musically and how Zamram will eventually appear,” he explains.
In its own time, Olias Of Sunhillow also pressed Anderson hard, mainly because he’d decided to play all the instruments himself.
“I locked myself away and went crazy out of my brain,” he recalls. “If you go to do a solo album you should be by yourself – that’s what I was thinking.
“I had all the instruments I was going to use, like sitar and drums and things. I came out the other end four months later; and for the first time I put ‘musician’ on my passport knowing that I was a musician.”
Meanwhile, Yes drummer Alan White says the band are considering making another album – but they haven’t decided whether they will.
He tells Classic Rock Revisited: “We are thinking about it, let’s put it that way. I wouldn’t jump the gun too much – it’s a possibility.
“We have some ideas to make a new album. I’ve got ideas about what it should be, as does everyone. It will happen when it happens.”