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Rick Wakeman: White Rock

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Label: A&M Records
Released: 1977
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] White Rock (R.Wakeman) - 3:10
[2] Searching For Gold (R.Wakeman) - 4:20
[3] The Loser (R.Wakeman) - 5:30
[4] The Shoot (R.Wakeman) - 3:59
[5] Lax'x (R.Wakeman) - 4:53
[6] After The Ball (R.Wakeman) - 3:03
[7] Montezuma's Revenge (Traditional) - 3:56
[8] Ice Run (R.Wakeman) - 6:11

 A r t i s t s ,   P e r s o n n e l

Rick Wakeman - Keyboards, Synthesizer, Producer

Tony Fernandez - Drums, Percussion
St Paul'S Cathedral Choir - Choir on [2,3]

Paul Hardiman - Engineer, Mastering
Richard Lewzey - Assistant On [6,7]
Ken Thomas - Tape Operator

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In many ways another album ahead of its time, mainly due to the tremendous foresight of the late Michael Samuelson who produced the film of the Winter Olympics in 1976 and decided that he was fed up with hearing orchestral music or brass band music on sports films and that it was time for rock and roll to make an entry. By telling me this was what he wanted he gave me the opportunity to pave the way for all sports films from that day on, and all television sport, to look at music differently.

Rick's Perspective

This was the soundtrack to a motion picture documentary of the same name of the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympic Games. It features only Wakeman's huge assortment of keyboards and drummer Tony Fernandez, with a choir on two tracks. It's a fine album with many moods, from the rocking title track to the stately "After the Ball" to the sprightly "Montezuma's Revenge," Wakeman's arrangement of some Hungarian Gypsy music. His piano throughout is exquisite.

Stephen Raiteri - All Music Guide

White Rock is the soundtrack for the "White Rock documentary film" about the 1976 Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck, Austria. A sequel to the album would be released in 1999.

During the opening show for the 1991 "Classical Connection European Tour" (which was released later that year on video as The Classical Connection) Wakeman said that when he went to the studio to record the album he had completely forgotten about a track he had been asked to compose, titled "After The Ball". Instead of confessing he had forgotten, he said he had it ready and proceeded to play a completely improvised song. The first take was a success and when asked if he would like to make an additional take he said the first was good enough. After The Ball became one of Wakeman's classics and has been included in 7 additional albums/videos (compilations and live recordings).

The song "Ice Run" uses parts of "Anne Of Cleves" (a song from The Six Wives of Henry VIII). The comparison can be made by listening to "Anne Of Cleves" at 00:48 and "Ice Run" at 3:29. That same year, the band The Shadows had also recorded a song called "Montezuma's Revenge" for their album Tasty. This was mere coincidence and the two songs had nothing to do with each other.


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