Something Else! sneak peek: Yes co-founder Jon Anderson and Marco Sabiu, "Limitless Lives" (2012)

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Former Yes vocalist and songwriter Jon Anderson has teamed up with Italian composer/conductor Marco Sabiu to produce the digitally released track “Limitless Lives.” Hear an excerpt here!

Anderson, whose successful U.S. solo tour is ongoing, says he “was instantly connected to Marco’s music,” after mutual friend Alessandro de Rosa put the two in touch last month. Anderson immediately set about contributing lyrics to the music track for “Limitless Lives,” which then appeared on Sabiu’s new album Audio Ergo Sum and has since reached the iTunes Top 10 in Italy.

“I love his ‘Limitless’ theme for the song,” Anderson said. “As I wrote the lyric, I realized we have so much to learn in this life, and we are truly limitless human beings.”

Sabiu, who has also worked as an arranger with Luciano Pavarotti, Ennio Morricone, Take That and Kylie Minogue, is now planning to record a full-length collaboration, with a tour to follow in 2013.

“The collaboration with Jon was born by chance, as most of the best things often do,” Sabiu says. “What I found in Jon is the ideal musical partner: I’ve never met anybody who has understood my music and bettered it so quickly and effectively as Jon did. I was always very passionate about prog-rock, and being able to work with a legend like Jon is an honor, and truly exciting.”

Here’s a look at our recent thoughts on Jon Anderson, along with his future concert dates. Click through the titles for complete reviews …

SOMETHING ELSE! INTERVIEW: FORMER YES FRONTMAN JON ANDERSON: Anderson spoke about a broad range of topics – from key musical memories with Yes to the recuperative qualities of painting, and the role the Internet might play in reviving rock music’s long-dormant progressive spirit.

JON ANDERSON AND RICK WAKEMAN: THE LIVING TREE IN CONCERT: PART ONE (2011): Anyone expecting the cosmic prog-rock journeys of this duo’s work as members of Yes must have been a little disappointed — and not just with the spare instrumentation. More striking than the lean, guitar-free musical structures was how intimate, even grounded this concert performance was. If anything, though, this album speaks to both the individual trials and the shared will to overcome for both singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Each has had to grapple against some terrifying health problems, even as Yes continued on without them.

SOMETHING ELSE! PLAYLISTS: 2011 YES REMIX, WITH EXTRA TRACKS FROM JON ANDERSON, OTHERS: 2011 offered a wealth of delights for Yes fans, even beyond the main group’s well-received Fly From Here. Jon Anderson issued two projects, his terrific solo venture and a souvenir from his 2010 concert series with fellow Yes alum Rick Wakeman. Meanwhile, Billy Sherwood — a 1990s-era member of the group — issued both a new solo project and another Circa album with Tony Kaye, Yes’ pre-Wakeman keyboardist. The Levin Torn White trio album featured both Yes drummer Alan White and bassist Tony Levin, who has appeared on a pair of Yes-related releases. Taken together, it’s actually an embarrassment of riches for Yes fans — and something that led us to construct an all-encompassing iPod/Spotify/CD burner playlist in belated celebration.

JON ANDERSON – SURVIVAL AND OTHER STORIES (2011): Too often, it was like Anderson didn’t want to make a solo record that sounded too much like Yes. As interesting as these sideroads no doubt were, they gave few clues to how his own voice fit into the wider topography of the band. And they often were so idiosyncratic that only the deepest, more committed fans had the will to follow along. That is, until Survival and Other Stories, a rousing return to form that finds Anderson coming to terms with his own storied history, even as he transcends it.

ONE TRACK MIND: JON ANDERSON ON YES, VANGELIS AND SOLO SONGS: Anderson shares unique insights into some of his more memorable tracks, and a few deep cuts, as well. Go inside the creative process as Anderson and Co. complete the epic Side 1 opener to 1974’s Relayer. Get insights into working with Vangelis, and find out why Anderson made another pass at the closing track from 90125 for a solo project almost 10 years later. And, of course, there are the lasting mysteries of “Roundabout.”

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Jon Anderson’s continuing U.S. tour dates:

3/07/2012 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA –
3/08/2012 – Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD –
3/10/2012 – B.B. King Blues Club & Grill – New York, NY –
3/14/2012 – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT –
3/15/2012 – Wilbur Theatre – Boston, MA –
3/17/2012 – Narrows Center For The Arts – Fall River, MA –

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