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Rick Wakeman: Cost of Living

 A l b u m   D e t a i l s

Label: Charisma Records
Released: 1983
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

 S o n g s ,   T r a c k s

[1] Twij (R.Wakeman/T.Rice) - 1:20
[2] Pandamonia (R.Wakeman/T.Rice) - 3:58
[3] Gone But Not Forgotten (F.Knobloch/S.Miller/R.Wakeman/T.Rice/P.Wernick) - 3:43
[4] One For The Road (R.Wakeman/T.Rice) - 4:44
[5] Bedtime Stories (R.Wakeman/T.Rice) - 4:23
[6] Happening Man (R.Wakeman/T.Rice) - 3:35
[7] Shakespeare Run (R.Wakeman/T.Rice) - 3:27
[8] Monkey Nuts (R.Wakeman/T.Rice) - 3:26
[9] Elegy - Written in a Country Churchyard (T.Gray/R.Wakeman) - 8:24

 A r t i s t s ,   P e r s o n n e l

Rick Wakeman - Keyboards, Producer
Hereward Kaye - Vocals
Jackie McAuley - Guitar
John Gustafson - Bass
Tony Fernandez - Drums, Percussion
Robert J. Powell - Narration

Rondor Music - Audio Production
Ken Thomas - Audio Engineer
Mark "Spike" Stent - Assistant Engineer
Rob Kistner - Cover Design

 C o m m e n t s ,   N o t e s

Cost of Living is a progressive rock album released in 1983 by British keyboard player Rick Wakeman. Actor Robert Powell provided narration on the last track of the album. The track on the album called "Gone But Not Forgotten" was played at a memorial service for Countdown host Richard Whiteley shortly after his death. The voice at the very start of "Bedtime Stories" is that of Rick Wakeman's son (Benjamin). He was just 3 years old at the time of the recording.

Another nearly album. It has too much variation within the music for me to be really happy about it and again I ended up in a studio that I really didn't like that was picked by the record company at the time and so I couldn't change. There's a mixture of great playing and some very poor playing as well. Most disappointing is the piano sound as the piano in the studio was cheap and nasty. There are a couple of classic tracks on the album though such as Happening Man which I would love to re-record one day.

Rick's Perspective

This album alternates instrumentals of various moods with theatrical rock songs featuring lyrics by Tim Rice. The instrumental "Gone But Not Forgotten" is the standout, an appropriately dignified and elegiac piece. The final track is altogether different from the rest of the album, though it is another elegy; it's a reading by Robert Powell of Thomas Gray's "Elegy - Written in a Country Churchyard," set to music by Wakeman.

Stephen Raiteri - All Music Guide

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