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The Lost Demos offers Jon Anderson and Yes fans a unique insight into the beginnings of a phenomenal talent.
Featuring seven demo tracks recorded at different times in The Warriors' career - from Lancashire at the rise of their local stardom, to the ending months in Germany in 1967 - Ian Wallace (King Crimson) and Brian Chatton (Jackson Heights) also prominently feature.
Limited 7” black vinyl in picture sleeve. Purchases through Burning Shed come with a download of full EP (available in Your Account).
In these early recordings by Jon we don’t get the lyrics, wordplay, mysticism or complex sounds and meanings which later became his signature. What we have here is a young man enjoying himself as a band member, trying to make a few pounds, travel and to emulate the Beatles a little. In these basic beginnings neither Jon Anderson or Ian Wallace shine much, but what we do get are little signs and glimpses of their potential.
Jon Anderson would go on to be the legendary singer in Yes. A writer, musician, frontman, leader and the all-round voice of prog rock music. On the earlier tracks Jon was most definitely in his backing singer role, you get to hear that voice cutting through. The last track being a total joy and a rocking surprise with Jon giving it his all. King Crimson fans will hear just how tight Ian Wallace’s playing was before hitting the big time too. All the band members shine, which can be heard on the instrumental track, Rodney and Dave are solid and it is easy to see why they brought in Brian Chatton on keyboards, his work being similar to his personality, bright, lively and rocking. Jon Anderson can be heard growing as a singer, musician and frontman for the band over the three years difference in the recordings. From a backing singer with his brother Tony to an out-of-sight, soul groover and mover. All seemingly a long way from the music of Yes and Close to The Edge or Olias of Sunhillow, but it was all influencing Jon, who was listening, learning and performing. This was Jon in his apprenticeship years, preparing himself for the lifelong career that was to follow.
This rare and exciting material came from various lofts and trunks around the world. Hidden away for more than fifty years, the condition of some of the material was very poor - having jumps, scratches, muffled and even stopping completely. In my attempt to bring these recording to life again, I made the decision on a few tracks not to over-produce them, leaving in the crackles and blemishes. With others however I was surprised at how well and clear they came out. The band sounds very accomplished; you can hear just how well practised they were. The Warriors were among the best beat group acts at the time.
Played at 33RPM, this record tips it’s hat to the days in the 1970’s when Yes would produce such an EP.
1) ‘Too Much’ (2.21)
2) ‘Can’t Live It Down’ (2.44)
3) ‘Summer Girl’ (1.54)
1) ‘The Doll House Is Empty’ (1.59)
2) ‘Run to Me’ (2.21)
3) ‘She's Gone’ (2.08) Instrumental
4) ‘She's Gone’ (2.02) with vocals