Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pop Goes The Artist - Jon Anderson - Owner of A Lonely Heart

If the name Jon Anderson doesn't ring a bell for you, it's alright; you may only know him as the lead singer from Yes. Well, the former lead singer that is to say, but he's still the one you hear on every Yes song played on the radio. Prior to his departure due to illness in 2008 (and then the band just moving on without him) Anderson's only other time away from the group was during the Drama album period from 1980 to about 1982. It was at this point that the band was brought back together and scored a massive hit with the song, "Owner of a Lonely Heart."

"Owner of a Lonely Heart" was actually the work of the band's guitarist and other vocalist at the time, Trevor Rabin. Anderson may have sung the lead vocal on it, but it's not his work. For some reason though, in 1998, he re-recorded it for an odd compilation album called, Yes, Friends and Relatives. The results of it are...unique.


Somehow Anderson managed to change a classic rock standard into a dance/pop song; something even more insane when you consider Anderson's solo career is so far away from this kind of material, it's doubtful he even knows that dance music is. But here it is, "Owner of a Lonely Heart" with all the production you'd need for a '90s dance mix.

I'll stick to the original, but at least you know have documentation of this...oddity in the Yes canon. 

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