Short Stories (Jon and Vangelis album)

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Short Stories
File:Shortstoriesjonvangelis.jpg
Album cover
Studio album by Jon and Vangelis
Released January 1980
Recorded February 1979 (original sessions), September–October 1979 (post-production)
Genre Electronic music
Length 53:12
Label Polydor
Producer Vangelis
Jon and Vangelis chronology
Short Stories (1980) The Friends of Mr Cairo
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits 3/10[2]

Short Stories is the debut album by Jon and Vangelis, the collaborative effort between Jon Anderson of the prog rock band Yes and electronic music pioneer Vangelis. This was not the first time that the two had worked together: Vangelis had auditioned to be Rick Wakeman's replacement in Yes in 1974, but the role was given to Patrick Moraz. In 1975, Jon Anderson sang on "So Long Ago So Clear" from Heaven and Hell.

Track listing

  • Music By Vangelis. Lyrics By Jon Anderson

Vinyl and Cassette

  1. "Curious Electric" 6:42
  2. "Each and Everyday" 3:43
  3. "Bird Song" 1:26
  4. "I Hear You Now" 5:13
  5. "The Road" 4:31
  6. "Far Away in Baagad" 2:18
  7. "Love Is" 5:46
  8. "One More Time" 6:18
  9. "Thunder" 2:14
  10. "A Play Within a Play" 7:00

CD

The CD insert lists ten tracks as per the vinyl / cassette release, but the CD is actually divided into eight tracks as follows.

  1. "Curious Electric" 6:42
  2. "Each and Everyday / Bird Song" 5:08
  3. "I Hear You Now" 5:13
  4. "The Road" 4:31
  5. "Far Away in Baagad / Love Is" 8:04
  6. "One More Time" 6:18
  7. "Thunder" 2:14
  8. "A Play Within a Play" 7:00

Personnel

  • Jon Anderson: All Vocals
  • Vangelis: Keyboards, Synthesizers, Piano, Electronics
  • Raphael Preston: Acoustic Guitars

Charts

Weekly

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[3] 18
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[4] 1
French Albums (IFOP)[5] 13
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 30
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[7] 31
US Billboard 200 125
UK Albums (OCC) 4

Year-end

Chart (1980) Position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 40

Production

  • Produced By Vangelis
  • Engineer: Raphael Preston
  • Mastering: Hitoshi Takiguchi

References

  1. Connolly, Dave (2011). "Short Stories - Jon & Vangelis | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  2. Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (February 7–20): 31. 
  3. "Austriancharts.at – Jon And Vangelis – Short Stories" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  4. "Dutchcharts.nl – Jon And Vangelis – Short Stories" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  5. "Tous les Albums de l'Artiste choisi" (in French). infodisc.fr.  In the box under Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste & Appuyez sur OK :, select JON & VANGELIS . Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  6. "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  7. "Norwegiancharts.com – Jon And Vangelis – Short Stories". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  8. "Jaaroverzichten – Album 1980" (in Dutch). Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 April 2016