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Toltec is the ninth solo album by Yes lead singer Jon Anderson, released in 1996.

Toltec
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Studio album by
Released30 January 1996
Recorded1989-90
GenreNew age
LabelHigh Street//Windham Hill Records
ProducerJon Anderson
Jon Anderson chronology
Angels Embrace
(1995)
Toltec
(1996)
Lost Tapes of Opio
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Contents

About the albumEdit

A promo album called The Power of Silence was released in 1992 by Geffen (only on musicassette). A full release never appeared, but Toltec is essentially the same music, with added narration.[2]

The 1996 Toltec release is made up of 13 cuts divided into three parts. It tells the tale of the Toltec, a Native American concept of a group of people who have been all over the Earth, existing within different cultures throughout the centuries. They are described in the album liner as "Creators of the circles of power, color, perfume, and music healing domes." Musically, it is progressive rock with elements of new age, world music, electronic, and jazz. Anderson provided the vocals, wrote, arranged, and produced the work.

Track listingEdit

  • Part I
    • 1. The Book Opens (4:59)
    • 2. Quick Words (Talk- Talk) (Anderson/Perez) (2:54)
    • 3. Shall We Play The Game (3:45)
    • 4. Semati Siyonpme (3:16)
  • Part II
    • 5. Good Day Morning (2:02)
    • 6. Leap into The Inconceivable (3:53)
    • 7. Song of Home (1:11)
    • 8. Building Bridges (Anderson/del Signore) (5:55)
    • 9. Sound And Color (4:01)
    • 10. Longwalker Speaks (2:48)
  • Part III
    • 11. Maazo Maazo (1:23)
    • 12. Enter Ye The Mystery School (7:54)
    • 13. Ave Verum (Mozart) (3:08)

All music written by Jon Anderson except where stated above. Produced by Jon Anderson.

PersonnelEdit

Jon Anderson: vocals (all)

With

  • Keith Heffner- keyboards, orchestration
  • Luis Perez- percussion
  • Eduardo del Signore- bass
  • Freddy Ramos- guitars
  • Otmaro Ruiz- solo keyboards
  • Charles Bisharat- violin
  • Patricia Hood- harp
  • Paul Haney- sax
  • Salo Loyo- keyboards on 13
  • Deborah Anderson- harmonic vocals
  • Nina Swan- vocals
  • Maria E Del Ray- vocals
  • Daniel Navarro- vocals
  • David Eric Lowen- vocals

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hill, Gary (2011). "Toltec - Jon Anderson | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  2. ^ progarchives.com > Toltec