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Rhapsodies

Rick Wakeman

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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 /TiVo

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1
Pedra De Gavea
00:04:13

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

2
Front Line
00:03:44

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

3
Bombay Duck
00:03:15

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

4
Animal Showdown (Yes We Have No Bananas)
00:02:40

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer - Frank Silver, ComposerLyricist - Irving Conn, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 A&M Records

5
Big Ben
00:03:57

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

6
Rhapsody In Blue
00:05:26

George Gershwin, Composer - Rick Wakeman, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

7
Wooly Willy Tango
00:03:21

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

8
The Pulse
00:05:23

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

9
Swan Lager
00:02:46

Rick Wakeman, Arranger, Adapter, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1979 A&M Records

10
March Of The Gladiators
00:04:55

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

11
Flacons De Neige
00:05:05

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

12
The Flasher
00:05:31

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

13
The Palais
00:02:19

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 A&M Records

14
Stand-By
00:03:34

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

15
Sea Horses
00:03:54

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

16
Half Holiday
00:03:01

Rick Wakeman, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

17
Summertime
00:04:24

George Gershwin, Composer - Ira Gershwin, Author - Dubose Heyward, Author - Rick Wakeman, MainArtist - Tony Visconti, Producer

℗ 1979 A&M Records

Album Description

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 /TiVo

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