Anderson / Wakeman — The Living Tree
(Gonzo Multimedia HST050CD, 2010, CD)
Yes's Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman have enjoyed success both within and without the group. Considering that both are on the outs with their previous band, it makes sense that the two would consider joining forces to create some new music together. The basis of most tracks on this disk is simple – clear and untarnished vocals, supported by keyboard lines. Pieces such as "Morning Star" and "House of Freedom" impart strong melodic content from the duo, with Anderson's lead vocal a bit quavery at times, but still convincing and precious. Wakeman's backing tracks are less frilly than those on his own solo recordings, giving each track a solid foundation for each player's unique style. Rick steers clear of any real flashy phrasing or dramatic flair, which becomes one of the album's real strengths. The title track is split between two parts, suggesting some ambiguous importance (in other words, very Yes-like). Many of Anderson's lyrical themes hint at some of his post-Yes healing and the characteristic shamanistic aspects ("24/23/11") of his personality which have become more prominent in his wordplay. The only complaint I have about this disk is the mail-in nature of the project – neither musician was together with the other while recording these tracks. This could have improved the delicate interaction on which the success of the album hinges. This disk is recommended to dedicated fans that want a spark of Yes but can't get a handle on their latest lineup without Anderson or Wakeman.
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more