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Rick Wakeman: 1984

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Label: Charisma Records
Released: 1981.06.01
Category: Progressive Rock
Producer(s): Rick Wakeman
Media type: CD
Web address: www.rwcc.com
Appears with: Yes
Purchase date: 2012
Price in €: 1,00

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[1] 1984 Overture / Wargames (R.Wakeman/T.Rice) - 10:57
[2] Julia (R.Wakeman/T.Rice) - 4:45
[3] Hymn (R.Wakeman/T.Rice) - 3:13
[4] The Room [Brainwash] (R.Wakeman) - 4:16
[5] Robot Man (R.Wakeman/T.Rice) - 3:55
[6] Sorry (R.Wakeman) - 3:18
[7] No Name (R.Wakeman/T.Rice) - 3:06
[8] Forgotten Memories (R.Wakeman) - 2:57
[9] Proles (R.Wakeman/T.Rice) - 3:32
[10] 1984 (R.Wakeman) - 6:28

 A r t i s t s ,   P e r s o n n e l

Rick Wakeman - Mini Moog, Moog Synthesizer, Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, String Machine, Strings, Synclavier, Synthesizer, Background Vocals, Producer

Steve Barnacle - Fender Bass
Tim Stone - Guitar
Gary Barnacle - Selmer Saxophone
Frank Ricotti - Ludwig Drums, Percussion
Tony Fernandez - Drums

Chaka Khan - Vocals on [1,2,5]
Kenny Lynch - Vocals on [5]
Steve Harley - Vocals on [7]
Tim Rice - Vocals on [9]
Jon Anderson - Vocals on [3]

Sonia Jones Morgan - Vocals
Stevie Lange - Vocals

Levine Andrade - Viola
Vicki Brown - Vocals
Mike Cookson - Viola
Alan Daziel - Cello
Bruce Dukov - Violin
P. Easthope - Horn
Tim Good - Violin
Jim Gregory - Flute
J. Jenkins - Horn, Tuba
Andrew McGee - Violin
Robin McGee - Bass
Jesse Miller - Trumpet
D. Newlands - Viola
Keith Puddy - Clarinet
George Robertson - Viola, Violin
M. Robinson - Cello
Jack Rothstein - Violin
Daryl Runswick - Bass
G. Scheen - Bassoon
David Theodore - Oboe
Malachi Thompson - Horn
B. Truman - Cello
J. Wallis - Trumpet
T. Weinberg - Clarinet
June Whiting - Oboe
Peter Willison - Cello

Mike Bobak - Engineer
Mark Ellis - Tape Operator
Hipgnosis - Album Sleeve
Ian Wright - Album Sleeve
Tony Macarthur - Personal Manager

 C o m m e n t s ,   N o t e s

1984 is a 1981 solo concept album by British keyboardist Rick Wakeman, based on the classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Tim Rice penned the lyrics.

The wrong album at the wrong time, with all the wrong people around at the time. To do an orchestral rock concept album at a musical time when I probably couldn't even have got a job as a piano tuner was nigh on suicidal. I formed the wrong band, (the worst I have ever had), the deal for the stage show fell through and all in all I listen back to the music with my head in my hands. True there are some good moments, but my personal life was such a mess at the time that I should have run away rather than run into the studio!

Rick's Perspective

Even though the majority of the songs include vocals, Rick Wakeman's 1984 stands as one his most well-rounded albums, combining the dexterity and mastery of the keyboards with the richness and instrumental passion of violins, trombones, and flutes. But these instruments are only a handful that emerge throughout the 11 tracks on the album, which remains both vocally and musically true to its conceptual purpose of perpetrating George Orwell's classic tale. Wakeman implements French horns, harp, piccolos, tubas, and even marimbas to capture the essence of his pieces, all fusing quite harmoniously behind the powerful yet effective runs of piano and synthesizer. The music is dark and cold in all the right places, capturing the despair and hopelessness of such tracks as "The Proles" and "Robot Man." The opposite is played out on "Julia," where Chaka Khan and an accompanying choir along with the delicate sound of an acoustic piano aptly describe in musical form the warmth and promise of the female heroine. Tim Rice, who wrote the lyrics for the album, sings lead on "The Proles," while the song "No Name" is head-manned by Steve Harley of Cockney Rebel fame. Although Wakeman's keyboards aren't hoarding the spotlight, they still remain an integral part of the album's futuristic motif. Melded in with the percussion and woodwind instruments, his electric pianos and organs lead the way in most of the tracks, and rightfully take over in numbers like "1984" and "The Room." This album, as do his first three classics, reveals Wakeman's prominence as a keyboard maestro while equally displaying his proficiency at creating a well-rounded, tightly knit thematic piece.

Mike DeGagne - All Music Guide

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