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Rick Wakeman: Rhapsodies

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Label: A&M Records
Released: 1979.05.03
Category: Progressive Rock
Producer(s): Tony Visconti
Media type: CD
Web address: www.rwcc.com
Appears with: Yes
Purchase date: 2012
Price in €: 1,00

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[1] Pedra da Gavea (R.Wakeman) - 4:11
[2] Front Line (R.Wakeman) - 3:42
[3] Bombay Duck (R.Wakeman) - 3:14
[4] Animal Showdown [Yes We Have No Bananas]) (R.Wakeman/F.Silver/I.Cohn) - 2:40
[5] Big Ben (R.Wakeman) - 3:48
[6] Rhapsody in Blue (G.Gershwin/arr. T.Visconti) - 5:26
[7] Wooly Willy Tango (R.Wakeman) - 3:24
[8] The Pulse (R.Wakeman) - 5:21
[9] Swan Lager (P.Tchaikovsky/E.Grieg/arr. R.Wakeman) - 2:50 *
[10] March of the Gladiators (R.Wakeman) - 4:53
[11] Flacons de Neige (R.Wakeman) - 5:01
[12] The Flasher (R.Wakeman) - 5:32
[13] The Palais (R.Wakeman) - 2:23
[14] Stand-By (R.Wakeman) - 3:30
[15] Sea Horses (R.Wakeman) - 3:52
[16] Half Holiday (R.Wakeman) - 3:00
[17] Summertime (G.Gershwin/arr. R.Wakeman) - 4:27
[18] Credits (R.Wakeman) - 2:39

* - Music taken from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" and Grieg's Pianoforte "Concerto in A Minor" and arranged Rick Wakeman.

 A r t i s t s ,   P e r s o n n e l

Rick Wakeman - Keyboards, Vocals on [1]
Bruce Lynch - Bass Guitars
Frank Gibson, Jr. - Drums And Percussion
Nico Ramsden - Electric Guitar
Tony Visconti - Acoustic Guitar, Arranger, Engineer, Producer

Gordon Anderson - Reissue Producer
David K. Richards - Assistant Engineer
Mike Milchner - Remastering
James Lougheed - Tape Operator
Toby Errington - Equipment Manager
Michael Ross - Art Direction, Design
Tom D. Kline - Reissue Design
Paul Wakefield - Photography
Bill Kopp - Liner Notes

 C o m m e n t s ,   N o t e s

Recorded at La Grange Studios using Mobile One and at Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland.

Rhapsodies is a double LP by keyboardist Rick Wakeman, which was released in 1979. It was his last studio release on A&M.

This album is probably the most confusing I have ever made. It contains so many differing styles that it is hard to keep track of what the album is all about. A&M decided I had to have a producer and Toni Visconti was brought on board who I got on great with. A&M demanded everything from disco... (please, I know ) and that's how Rhapsody in Blue came about plus all sorts of other styles some of which I loved and some of which I didn't. Great sounds on tracks like March of the Gladiators though.

Rick's Perspective

Most of Wakeman's albums revolve around a concept; this double album's only concept is of a collection of "rhapsodies," which here seems to mean "enthusiastic and improvisational pieces." The album is instrumental except for the opener, "Pedra de Gavea," where the electronically treated vocals are presumably by Wakeman himself. Most of the pieces are concise for Wakeman, and very lively and bright, with engaging lead parts and well-chosen keyboard sounds (something Wakeman has not always managed). "Swan Lager" sets music by Tchaikovsky and Grieg to a reggae beat. Wakeman's version of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" is actually a low point, but his version of Gershwin's "Summertime" is nicely done. This was Wakeman's last album for A&M Records.

Stephen Raiteri - All Music Guide

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