Again and again lost albums haunt the annals of rock history, many of them unheard to this day (such as "Black Gold" by Jimi Hendrix). Some of them were only released in parts or new versions (famous examples: "Smile" by the Beach Boys, Pink Floyd's "Household Objects" or "Lifehouse" by The Who). Some of these mythical records, however, still see the light of day many decades later. So Neil Young unleashed "Hitchhiker" and "Homegrown" on the world after over 40 years. Now the former Yes-singer Jon Anderson is catching up after 30 years, his legendary project "Uzlot" came true. "1000 Hands. Chapter One" shines with an unbelievable number of top musicians from many genres: from jazz cracks like Chick Corea, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty to many world music artists and prog musicians like Ian Anderson, Robby Steinhardt and old Yes comrades-in-arms like Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White
eclipsed: Why did it take so long with "1000 Hands"?
Jon Anderson: In 1990, my friend Brian Chatton from The Warriors and I recorded a couple of songs in Big Bear, L.A., and then Chris Squire and Alan White contributed. Then Brian suddenly took off with a girl (laughs) and time forgot this music. The recordings lay around in my garage for 28 years. Crazy, right? Michael Franklin approached me about two years ago and transferred everything to the computer and re-produced it ..
eclipsed: How did you get all these musicians together?
Anderson: Michael immediately brought in Ian Anderson, which made me very happy. I on the other hand knew Chick Corea and Billy Cobham. Then he brought Zap Mama, Tower Of Power and countless others who made the music so much better. "1000 Hands" is a really good musical statement, and many musicians I've met over the years are on it. Even my musical brother Steve Howe played guitar on "Now And Again".
eclipsed: Even your voice sounds incredibly young after all this time.
Anderson: I do singing exercises every day. This is how the chant of "Ramalama" came about (Anderson sings it perfectly). Michael finished the song on a trip to China
eclipsed: Was it the intention that so many different genres are represented?
Anderson: Oh yes, I have always worked with so many great musicians of all styles! Whether it's jazz, fusion or prog. I call it all adventurous music