Animation (album)

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This article is about the album by Jon Anderson. For the album by Cedar Walton, see Animation (Cedar Walton album).
Studio album by Jon Anderson
Released June 1982
Recorded 1981–82
Length 41:32
Label Polydor United Kingdom
Atlantic United States, Canada
Opio Media
Jon Anderson chronology
Song of Seven
3 Ships
Singles from Animation
  1. "Surrender"
    Released: April 1982
  2. "All in a Matter of Time"
    Released: August 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Animation is the third solo album by Yes founder-member and former lead singer Jon Anderson, released in 1982.


Animation was recorded during a busy time for Anderson when he was collaborating with Vangelis and Mike Oldfield and exploring new age and electropop.

As with the previous album Song of Seven, several well-known musicians were involved in Animation, including Simon Phillips, David Sancious and Jack Bruce.

The song All God's Children was produced by producer Tony Visconti (who had worked with more mainstream British acts such as David Bowie and T. Rex) and was released on vinyl but no CD version was published until 2006, when a limited edition CD re-release of the album (with two bonus tracks) was issued by Opio Media. The rest of the album was produced by producer Neil Kernon who had worked with acts such as Daryl Hall and John Oates

"Surrender" and "All in a Matter of Time" were released as singles.

The album was promoted with a world tour where Anderson would perform songs from the album as well as several Yes classics, mostly in medley form.

A follow-up album entitled Chagall was recorded but never released.[2]

One track on the album, "Boundaries", would later appear on other works by Anderson himself (entitled "O'er" on The Promise Ring) and Yes (entitled '"Somehow, Someday" on Open Your Eyes).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Olympia" (4:58)
  2. "Animation" (9:07)
  3. "Surrender" (3:53)
  4. "All in a Matter of Time" (3:06)
  5. "Unlearning (The Dividing Line)" (4:56)
  6. "Boundaries" (3:20)
  7. "Pressure Point" (3:20)
  8. "Much Better Reason" (4:27)
  9. "All Gods Children" (4:25)

Bonus tracks[edit]

  • "The Spell" [Previously unreleased] (11:40)
  • "Spider" [B-side of the Atlantic 7" single issue of Surrender] (2:51)


Additional musicians


Year Chart Position
1982 Billboard Pop Albums 176
1982 UK Albums Chart 43


  1. ^ Hill, Gary (2011). "Animation – Jon Anderson | AllMusic". Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Blog Archive » Jon Anderson – Chagall (Highland HL242/243)". Collectors Music Reviews. 13 December 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2010.