The Best of Jon and Vangelis is a compilation album by the Jon and Vangelis duo, the collaborative effort between Yes frontman Jon Anderson and Greek synthesizer musician, Vangelis. Released in 1984 by Polydor Records, the album features songs from their first three studio albums: Short Stories, The Friends of Mr Cairo and Private Collection. It peaked at number 42 in UK and spent 9 weeks in the charts. It was the duo's last charting album in the UK and their lowest peaking album in this country…
The Friends of Mr. Cairo is the second collaboration of Jon Anderson and Vangelis as Jon & Vangelis. There are two editions of this album, with different sleeves. Both versions were released in 1981 within a few weeks of each other. The second edition includes the single "I'll Find My Way Home", which stayed for 14 weeks in the Swiss charts and peaked at #1 on March 7, 1982 (1982-03-07). "State of Independence" was later a hit single for Donna Summer, and a decade later for Moodswings with Chrissie Hynde on vocal. Anderson also later re-recorded that song on his solo album Change We Must, released in 1994. more..
The third collaboration by Jon and Vangelis was released in 1983, some two years after "The friends of Mr. Cairo". While the first five songs might be described as largely predictable, the 23 minute piece on track six is something of a surprise.
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.