Theme of Appreciation Trilogy
Seven years ago, Eddie Jobson's fans from around the world came together on the Internet to produce original music and poetry inspired by him. The first album, Theme of Appreciation: A Worldwide Tribute to Eddie Jobson, was released on compact disc in November 2006. Consisting of 15 tracks from musicians in 9 countries, from Russia to the United Kingdom, the CD was presented as a gift to Eddie with beautiful artwork by Helen Lindhout in South Africa and expert design from Lenny Stahle in Sweden. In order to produce a professional-looking CD we needed to make 500 copies. We were overwhelmed by the interest and positive reception to the music by other fans around the world. We sold and distributed all the CDs and recouped the cost of production.
The second compilation, Theme of Appreciation 2: Eddie in One Minutes, was released in October 2009 as a free online-only release. This time, contributors submitted concise one-minute compositions inspired by Eddie. The compilation drew many of the contributors from the first album, plus our first very special contributions from Japan, and a track from celebrated avante-garde composer Elliott Sharp.
Theme of Appreciation 3, released in December 2012, was the most collaborative album yet. The music on the album was divided into three sections, each representing different phases of Eddie's career, and culminated with EJ Encrypted, a song featuring multiple artists soloing over a riff in 13/8, an uneven rhythm whose beats count out the number of letters in Eddie's first and last names. EJ Encrypted was also developed into our first music video, available on Youtube.
We created the TOA albums as gifts to Eddie. We have now made all three of them freely available to you here as zip files so you may enjoy them and hear how Eddie has inspired us the world over to be the very best musicians and artists we can be.
Ben P. Stein, October 2013