Talking about a Line-Up: Jon Aderson’s New Album “1000 Hands”

Not only does legendary singer Jon Anderson (Yes, Jon & Vangelis etc.) release a huge album at the age of 74, also, here’s the line-up for this album:

Vocals: Jon Anderson
Guitars: Larry Coryell, Tommy Calton, Steve Morse, Rick Derringer, Pat Travers, Bobby Koelble , Steve Howe, Trevor Rabin, Christie Lenee
Bass: Chris Squire, Tim Franklin, Stuart Hamm
Drums: Billy Cobham, Allan White, Matt Brown, Carmine Appice
Keyboards: Michael Franklin, Chick Corea, Jonathan Cain, Kieth Heffner, Jeff Abbot, Brian Chatton, Antonio Esposito
Violin Soloists: Jean Luc Ponty, Robbie Steinhardt, Jerry Goodman, Charlie Bisharat, Olga Kopakova, Jason Thomas
Cello Soloists: Paul Fluery, Krissi Franzen
Percussion: Steady Joseph, Eddie Metz Jr.
Steel Drums: Pat Frost
Ukulele: Russel Chalk, Don Oriolo, Tim Franklin, Michael Franklin
Trombone: Pat Gulotta, Pat Frost
Trumpets: Steve Walters, Billy Boyd, Brian Scanlon
Saxophone: Brian Snapp, Edgar Winter, Charlie DeChant
Flute: Ian Anderson, Charlie DeChant, Brian Snapp
Horns: Tower of Power
Accordian: Darius Grabowski
Banjo: Mitch Corbin
Vioelectric: Michelle Jones, Brandy Moulden, Krissi Franzen, Kaitlin Higby, Paul Fleruy, Tim Franklin, Jennie Landau
Background Voices: Zap Mama, Bobby Kimball, Jane Anderson, Tim Franklin, Hu Yue, Michael Franklin, Kim Lovering, Matt Brown, Fei Peng Solar Choir, Voices Of LIndahl, Crossover, Superstar Choir, Nana Academy Youth Choir

This HUGE line-up alone — a collection of musician Gods — makes me wanna listen to this album very badly. I mean… come on: 4 (!) different drummers, one of them Billy fucking Cobham? Mental.

Update on the album production

The album

I’ve done around 30 different mixes, tried like 10 different guitars, mixing the drum kit and making it sounding right has taken an incredible amount of time, I’ve tweaked the tiniest bits of sound to total exhaustion.

Should the grand piano have more mechanical noises… should the timpani have slightly more reverb… should the guitar have a delay or not, should I add the cello on top of the full orchestra, or an oboe? Should I widen the acoustic guitar or leave it as is? Is this chord harmonic enough for the one before? Is the Oberheim too loud? Should I use the Gibson EB0 or the Les Paul bass, finger or pick? Stratocaster or Telecaster? This or that cabinet, or none at all, what amp? Distortion or slight fuzz, tremolo?

The pains of creating an album…

Questions like that are bothering me all the time. And the production is so huge that my DAW crashes at least 3 times a day. Plus, anxiety, doubts… because “is it all worth it? Will they understand it?”. Sleepless nights. Then again: “fuck yeah!”. It all sounds absolutely heavenly, I get goosebumps all the time. And nothing is even mastered at all.

I have half of the album sounding as perfect as it gets, with the needed amount of imperfection to become perfect. I open parts of it again, again and again… stuff that I did a year ago that doesn’t sound right today, and may sound not right next week. You get the idea. 😉

No worries, it’s all good. It’s finished very soon. Once it’s done I have nothing to do with it anymore. Then it’s a product with a life of its own, and I will watch it learning to walk.

I will reply to all of your questions in a video that I’ll upload to Facebook and YouTube, very soon.

Official Music Video: Singvøgel – Aus Atlantis

Karan: vocals, guitars, bass, flute, piano, lyrics, composition
Duke Meyer: vocals, guitars, bass, lyrics, composition
Sven Scholz: drums, percussion, composition
Ingo Vogelmann: production, recording, mix, mastering
All: arrangement, additional composition

Video: Diana Kennedy – Atelier d’Art Diana Kennedy