JonAnderson 's1000 Handswill be his first release via his new partnership with Blue Élan Records. The album will be available on July 31st. For the first time 1000 Hands will be available digitally as well as on CD and on a deluxe 180-gram double vinyl with silkscreen printing. “I’ve spent long periods of time making some records, but I’ve never taken a journey quite like this one,” says theRock and Roll Hall of Fameinductee. “To say that 1000 Hands has been a long time in coming would be quite an understatement, but I’m thrilled that it’s finally a reality and that my fans will now be able to hear it. And I think they’ll be delighted to hear music that’s timeless. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.” Jon Anderson began1000 Hands(originally called Uzlot – “it means a lot of us”) nearly 30 years ago. Working with a group of musicians that included Yes drummer Alan White and bassist Chris Squire. However, due to his heavy touring commitments with Yes, Anderson had to put the record on the back burner. “Before you knew it, I started getting involved in other projects and tours, and years went by,” he explains. “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.’”GRAMMY-nominatedproducer Michael T. Franklin (Bruce Hornsby, Brian Wilson, Roger McGuinn) began working on orchestrations for the album. However, Anderson’s intense schedule put the project on. Both Anderson and Franklin, determined to see it through. Finally a year and a half ago they got the album back on track. “Our ideas still matched,” Anderson says. “Michael knew everything I wanted to do and how I wanted the music to sound[.] So we agreed to go for it.” Setting up shop in Franklin’sSolar Studiosin Orlando, Florida, Anderson laid down backing vocals to his original lead tracks, and Franklin called in an astonishing array of rock and jazz luminaries to fill out the songs: fellow Yes alum Steve Howe, Ian Anderson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Steve Morse, Rick Derringer, Jonathan Cain, and the Tower of Power Horns are just a few of the guests on 1000 Hands. “That’s where the title1000 Handscomes from, all of the brilliant musicians who played a part in making the record,” Anderson says. “Michael acted like something of a casting director, bringing so many great players. It was really exciting to hear the record open up and become what I had always envisioned.”
This order includes:
CD copy of1000 Hands
1000 Hands180-gram 2LP with exclusive silkscreen printing
1000 Hands Shirt printed on a Heavy Blend G230 Gildan Pocket T-Shirt (100% Preshrunk Cotton).