Uploaded by vzqk50CL on Jul 23, 2011
This will be a 13 part series, with one cut every Sunday, for the Yes song post. Like “Relayer”, this album is another of my favorites and, with the addition of “Relayer”, this album and some of its concepts turn up in the stories “Rider” and “Jack” [as of this writing, "Jack" is incomplete - apologies!].
Olias of Sunhillow
Olias of Sunhillow is the debut solo album by Yes lead singer Jon Anderson, released in 1976. It was the most successful of Yes band member debut solo efforts to that date, reaching No. 8 in the UK charts and breaking into the US Top 50.
It is a progressive rock concept album which tells the story of an alien race and their journey to a new world (the story printed in the LP jacket calls it “the earth”, lowercase ‘e’) due to catastrophe. Olias, the title character, is the chosen architect of the glider Moorglade, which will be used to fly his people to their new home. Ranyart is the navigator for the glider, and Qoquaq is the leader who unites the four tribes of Sunhillow to partake in the exodus.
…The album’s concept was inspired by the cover art by Roger Dean for the 1972 Yes album Fragile, which depicts a tiny planet breaking apart and a glider escaping into space. Another link to Fragile lies in the fact that both albums have pieces (Fragile’s “We Have Heaven”) consisting of multiple vocal parts, with Anderson singing all of them. Anderson has stated that works by J.R.R. Tolkien and Vera Stanley Alder were also an influence, underlying the epic scope of the narrative compressed into the album.
The album sleeve features a series of artworks by the artist David Fairbrother Roe, RA (whose other work included graphics for the Isle of Wight Festival, Nazareth – Hair of the Dog, and the Dragonflight novels of Anne McCaffrey).
The album has been re-released several times, most recently with a US CD release by Wounded Bird Records on 28 February 2006.
All Songs Written By Jon Anderson.
Meeting (Garden of Geda)
Sound Out the Galleon
Dance of Ranyart
Olias (To Build the Moorglade)
Qoquaq Ën Transic
Flight of the Moorglade
Song of Search
To the Runner