Out Now: Stream ‘1000 Hands,’ the New Album from Jon Anderson of Yes (A Project Three Decades in the Making)


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Jon Anderson, co-founder of prog-rock icons Yes and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, released a new album, 1000 Hands, on Friday.

(Click here to purchase a copy of 1000 Hands from our Rock Cellar Store).

This isn’t just an average album, though. 1000 Hands, released via Blue Elan Records, has been in the works for the better part of three decades. When the project began, Anderson was working with a group of musicians including Yes standouts Alan White and Chris Squire, but time slipped away:

“Before you knew it, I started getting involved in other projects and tours, and years went by,” he explained in a statement. “I would listen to the tapes from time to time and think, ‘This could have been a great album! One day I’ll finish it.’” 

Anderson previewed 1000 Hands in recent weeks with a few songs:

A worldly affair, 1000 Hands touches on a variety of influences while also tapping into the expected prog-rock forays.

In terms of personnel, Anderson is joined by several notable musicians on the record: Anderson’s Yes band mate Steve Howe (who just released a new album of his own on July 31 as well), Ian Anderson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Steve Morse, Rick Derringer, Jonathan Cain, and the Tower of Power Horns make appearances throughout the record.

Stream 1000 Hands below, via Spotify:

To celebrate the album’s release, Jon Anderson and Blue Elan Records will host a special live stream event on Sunday, Aug. 2:

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