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In 1988, Anderson quit Yes for the second time and released his first regular solo album in six years, In The City Of Angels. Stewart Levine, best known for his work with Culture Club, was brought in to produce; Anderson worked with a team of L.A. session stars and wrote a couple of songs with ex-Motown ace Lamont Dozier. All of this seemed to portend a more commercial-sounding, straightahead pop effort from the usually ethereal Anderson. The result is about half and half: when writing with Dozier, Anderson expresses conventional romantic sentiments, for which he doesn't really have a feel. His tenor is so chaste and angelic, it's hard for him to be believable on earthly love songs. And soon enough, especially on later tracks, Anderson is once again in spiritual outer space, where he seems most comfortable. The compromise, however, did not appeal to fans, who avoided this album.

Customer Reviews

Nice Jon solo Album.

I like the single allot and the album has some really nice playing on it. I was a huge fan of Yes’s 90125 and was patiently waiting for Big Generator to be released. In the City of Angles was my first Jon solo album. I can appreciate it better now then back in the 80's. I remember picking up a copy at Sam Goody or Sound Odyssey and was so excited expecting to hear that Prog-Rock sound. Get well soon Jon…

As A Whole, My Favorite Jon Anderson Solo Work

I don't understand why this album is not enjoyed more universally. Songs about chicks and other mundane topics? More like songs about spiritual evolution and so forth.... These are wonderful tunes with great melodies and that ever-present uplifting, positive undertone. It surprises me whenever I haven't listened to it for a while and put it on. Don't write this one off so fast. This is, quite possibly my favorite Jon Anderson work from start to finish although I think that other albums surpass it on a track by track (Song of Seven and Olias stuff..) basis.

A Different Jon Anderson

Jon's voice is in fine form as always. The only problem is that there are too many pop songs about love on this album. Jon's voice just doesn't sound believable when singing about love. He has such a disctinct voice and it shouldn't be wasted on pop songs. There are some really good songs (Top of the World, Hurry Home) on this album though


Born: October 25, 1944 in Accrington, Lancashire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born John Roy Anderson on October 25, 1944, in Lancashire, England, Jon Anderson would grow up to become one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock. He began his musical career by joining his brother Tony's group the Warriors. Eventually, that band relocated from England to Germany, but Tony had left the group by then. So, the only Anderson still in the band by 1965 when they cut their first single was Jon (technically still John at that time). The single received a less than enthusiastic...
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