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. 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).
|4||All In A Matter Of Time||3:08|
|5||Unlearning (The Dividing Line)||4:56|
|8||Much Better Reason||4:27|
|9||All Gods Children||4:29|
|10||The Spell (bonus track)||11:43|
|11||Spider (bonus track)||2:51|
|Acoustic Guitar||Jon Anderson|
Producer – Jon Anderson (Tracks 1 to 8), Neil Kernon (Tracks 1 to 8)
Producer – Tony Visconti (Track 9)
Arranged By (Brass Section) – Chris Pyne, Dick Morrissey, Henry Lowther, Tony Stanton
Arranged By (Delmay String Quartet) – David Ogden
Engineer, Mixed By – Jon Anderson, Neil Kernon
Recorded By – Mark Wallis, Raphael Preston
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Toughknot Ltd.
Printed By – Polygram Industries Messageries