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Jon Anderson

Some Are Born / Days (UK vinyl single)

Review by Gary Hill

This UK single showcases a couple songs from the Song of Seven album. I'm a big fan of that release, and I like both of these tunes a lot. For the sake of consistency the track reviews of these songs have been modified from the earlier review of the album.

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Track by Track Review
Side 1
                 
Some Are Born

This starts off with tribal world chanting sounds. As that ends a ballad mode enters and Anderson’s voice glides across this backdrop painting pictures with sound. It is built up gradually from there and has a rather bouncy sort of approach. This gets a great jazzy sort of texture built into the bridge segment. It’s still bouncy and fun, but also substantially altered from the modes that came before. Then the track launches into a series of quick changes that one could picture (albeit presented a bit differently) making their way onto a Yes album. It drops back to the song proper to carry forward. This is a strong track.

Side 2
             
Days

This song has more of a mellow fusion meets prog approach on its musical themes. A short instrumental introduction gives way to the progressive rock ballad motif that lays the backdrop for Anderson’s vocals. This is pretty and potent. It contains both gentle melodies and themes, but also some harp playing in an atmospheric instrumental outro.

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