Rick Wakeman – In the Nick of Time (2012)
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If there is a central image of prog rock’s excesses, it is likely the cape-sporting Yes man Rick Wakeman surrounded by a semi-circle of towering keyboards.
But strip away at the pomp, the pageantry and, yeah, the cape, and there remains just as much musical brilliance, something you’re reminded of all over again with this never-before-released live date from 2003 with the New English Rock Ensemble. At times, In the Nick of Time has an almost unquenchable propulsion, as Wakeman works in furious bursts of creativity — moving from classically inspired fugues to gnarled rock squalls and back again, with all of these winkling squiggles of color in between.
There’s even a tasty deep-cut nugget for fans from his Yes years in the closing track “Wurm,” originally included as the final segment of “Starship Tooper” on 1970′s The Yes Album. It’s interesting not just because the track dates to before Wakeman’s tenure in the band, but also in that the Steve Howe composition doesn’t end up as a showcase for guitarist Ant Glynne (a veteran of tours and sessions with Asia, Mike Oldfield, Slash, Carl Palmer, Mavis Staples and Simon Phillips), so much as the young percussive bassist Lee Pomeroy — who performs with a thrumming power. Wakeman lets that unspool for awhile, before eventually powering his way to the fore with an expansive solo full of soaring runs.
[SOMETHING ELSE! REWIND: Long before Yes, Rick Wakeman was an ace studio musician. We examine his genius first-take contribution to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”]
In the Nick of Time opens with “Catherine Parr,” originally the finale on Wakeman’s 1973 solo release The Six Wives of Henry VIII, a complex and involving character analysis that finds Wakeman exploring both organ and synthesizer, before the track moves into a leaping, guitar-driven section powered by Glynne. Wakeman’s then-new album Out There provides both the title track and “Cathedral in the Sky.” The former becomes the first to showcase vocalist Ashley Holt — whose best-known work with Wakeman dates back to Six Wives and 1974′s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. (No Earthly Connection, 1976′s stripped-down set piece, also included both Holt and this date’s drummer Tony Fernandez, a sideman on Wakeman’s underrated 1985 release Silent Nights.)
These important assists from the New English Rock Ensemble, with whom Wakeman has been scheduling dates again for this summer, give In the Nick of Time a complexity that swerves well away from the baroque caricature: “Cathedral” includes a thunderous chorus, and a churchy organ turn from Wakeman to boot. Meanwhile, there is a diaphanous classical feel to “Dance of a Thousand Lights,” originally found on Wakeman’s 1999 concept albumReturn To The Centre Of The Earth. “White Rock,” the title song from a 1977 soundtrack, retains the original’s intricate amiability.
It’s not a perfect record. For instance, I have never found a way to like Holt — an often brittle, bombastic vocalist — as much as Wakeman so clearly does. That’s a small thing, however, on a project with so many sweeping delights.In the Nick of Time ends up as a tour de force reminder of the talent that always girded Rick Wakeman’s legend, with or without the cape.
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Rick Wakeman – In the Nick of Time (2012)
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Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Releases Archival Concert From 2003 On CD
5/30/2012 – London, UK – For the last forty years Rick Wakeman has immersed himself in music. Leaving the Royal College of Music Rick has worked with some of the biggest names in rock and pop music playing on some of the biggest hits by artists as diverse as Cat Stevens, Marc Bolan and David Bowie. Likewise he has played with one of the biggest rock bands in the world; As a member of YES Rick played some of the biggest arenas in the world and released massively successful albums including ‘Fragile’, ‘Close To the Edge’ and the live album ‘Yessongs’. In 1973 he released his first proper solo album ‘The Six Wives of Henry the VIII’ following that album up in the seventies and eighties with other hugely popular and successful albums. In the eighties Rick also recorded albums in the then popular genre entitled “New Age”, releasing such popular albums as The Aspirant Series of recordings (‘Aspirant Sunrise’, ‘Aspirant Sunset’ and ‘Aspirant Sunshadows’).
After leaving YES following a world tour in 2004, Rick concentrated on his solo career and collaborated with Jon Anderson on a number of projects including tours of the UK and US and a studio and live album. The latest release from Rick Wakeman is an archive live album titled ‘In The Nick Of Time’, which was recorded in 2003. The album was recorded during the tour to promote the then current studio album ‘Out There’. Rick performed with the “New English Rock Ensemble” which featured Rick alongside old hands Ashley Holt, Tony Fernandez and new boys Ant Glynne and Lee Pomeroy. Tracks featured include: “Out There”, “Catherine Parr”, “No Earthly Connection”, “White Rock” and “Wurm”. The album has been much anticipated by the large and dedicated Rick Wakeman audience and this release will be the first time this album has been commercially released.
Tracks: 1. Catherine Parr 2. Out There 3. No Earthly Connection 4. Dance of a Thousand Lights 5. The Cathedral In The Sky 6. White Rock 7. Wurm
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Rick Wakeman Biography ‘Caped Crusader, Rick Wakeman In The 1970s’ with Foreword by Elton John Now Available!
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Rick Wakeman Biography ‘Caped Crusader, Rick Wakeman In The 1970s’
with Foreword by Elton John Now Available!
5/3/2012 – London, UK – Gonzo Media Group has just released ‘Caped Crusader, Rick Wakeman In The 1970s’ by veteran author, broadcaster and journalist, Dan Wooding, with a foreword by Elton John.
The book, the authorized biography of Rick Wakeman, who is arguably the world’s greatest rock keyboardist, is lavishly illustrated with dozens of photos from Wakeman’s extraordinary career which includes the time his career took off when he joined the folk group, Strawbs, in 1969, and played on three of their albums.
But the ultimate accolade – the biggest break of Rick’s career at that time – came shortly afterwards when a giant picture of Wakeman filled the front page of the Melody Maker in London, England, with the headline, “Tomorrow’s Superstar?”
The article said: “This is the man Keith Emerson hired a box at London’s Lyceum to hear. Since the twenty-one-year-old keyboard virtuoso joined the group [Strawbs], along with Ford and Hudson, [and] they’ve evolved into one of the most exciting bands of the folk-rock scene.”
Wooding’s book also includes fascinating descriptions of his several excursions with the British super group, Yes, and his many themed solo albums, including The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1973), Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1974) and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (1975).
Richard Christopher Wakeman (born May 18, 1949), was trained at the Royal College of Music in London, where he also went on to feature on songs by artists including Ozzy Osbourne, David Bowie, T. Rex, Elton John and Cat Stevens.
Wakeman has produced over 100 solo albums that have sold more than 50 million copies.
Elton John, in his foreword for the book, said, “Rick’s mastery of electronic instruments only adds to his abilities, and I think it is fair to say he was one of the reasons I stuck to the piano. I also admire his attitude to stage shows – always willing to take a gamble, but never sacrificing his musical ideals. Just as important, never losing his sense of humour and his sense of the ridiculous. Anyone who can put on an ice show at Wembley must be all right. I must add that Rick loves cars and is a fanatic when it comes to soccer. Therefore, he and I have an unbreakable bond.
“It has become fashionable to knock musicians who have been around a while, and who are still determined to persevere in what they believe in. It is very easy to be misunderstood along the way, but it is vital to ignore trends and get on with what you want to do. Rick will always do this because, quite simply, he’s that much better than everyone else.”
Wooding, 71, founder of ASSIST and the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and the author of 45 books, was the first journalist to ever write a story about Rick Wakeman. It occurred more than 40 years ago while he was working on a local newspaper in Ealing, West London.
“I was looking for stories for the paper and had just called in on a shop called the Musical Bargain Centre in South Ealing Road, and it was then that I heard someone playing amazing keyboards at the back of the store,” said Wooding. “I waited until he had finished and then talked with him. That person was Rick Wakeman and he told me that he was then a student at the Royal College of Music in London and was also doing sessions with different musicians. He told me had had just played piano on and arranged Morning Has Broken for Cat Stevens and also played Mellotron on Space Oddity for David Bowie. Both went on to become number 1 hits both in the UK and the USA.
“Rick told me that he had never been interviewed before, so I wrote up the story for the paper and we became best friends. He invited me to his home in Northolt and I sat there spellbound as he played for me on his home piano. I had never heard anything like it.
“I shared with him a little about my background, explaining to him that I was born of missionary parents in Nigeria, and it was then that Rick told me that he was also a Christian and had been baptized at South Harrow Baptist Church and, at that time, was also a Sunday School teacher there.
“As his career blossomed, I went on to write his authorized biography, and this latest one, which contains some updates, has been reissued along with Elton John’s foreword, and the three of us even had our picture taken together at Brentford F.C. for the back cover of the book.”
Wooding, who now lives in Southern California, added, “Rick and I have remained close friends for all these years and he has also performed several concerts for ASSIST in the United States.
“I am delighted that his incredible story, or at least the earlier part of it, can be told again for those in this new generation, who possibly don’t know too much about the ‘Grumpy Old Man’ that they see on British TV, will be able to learn about his incredible talents as a keyboard player, composer and songwriter.”
Why the title? Wooding says it comes from the fact that the blond figure of Wakeman would wrap his glittering shimmering cape around his giant frame and head on stage at arenas around the world to start another incredible performance on his battery of electronic keyboards.
And, even today, the “Caped Crusader” continues to push back the limits of music with his extraordinary talents.
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Anderson-Wakeman “The Living Tree: In Concert” – Album Review
One of my favorite all time bands is Yes, that said by Yes fan standards, I’m a casual fan. Albums like “Tales from Topographic Oceans” are just too challenging for me. So die hard Yes fans, if I get something wrong during this review, please forgive me. Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman are not in the current incarnation of Yes, so they’ve been hitting the road as a duo and released the live album “The Living Tree: In Concert.”
There are so many genres of music. You have folky, sing songy simple music like Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby Stills and Nash then on the complete other end of the spectrum you have really technical progressive music like Yes and Rush. Jon Anderson has the vocal range to play both folk music and progressive music and it’s never been more apparent than on “The Living Tree: In Concert.”
Rick Wakeman is a God when it comes to the keyboards. With Anderson’s story telling voice mixed with Wakeman’s technical skills you get one beautiful picture painted. Wakemen is such an amazing composer. He’s playing the musical score to the story that Jon Anderson is telling. The score is so complex and interesting and when Anderson sings on top of the score everything seems so simple and peaceful.
While they play Yes songs, it’s different than Yes. The songs take on a whole new light when it’s just Anderson and Wakeman. I think all Yes fans should experience “The Living Tree: In Concert.” Yes is the total sum of it’s parts, but with this you’re pulling two parts out and shining the spot light on them and it really makes for an enjoyable listening experience. It’s like hearing some of these songs for the first time all over again. I highly recommend Anderson and Wakeman’s “The Living Tree: In Concert.”
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It’s not the easiest thing to re-imagine the complex music of Yes in stripped-down arrangements for guitar, voice and keyboards, but that’s exactly what former Yes lead vocalist Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman did for this live album, which documents a series of performances the pair gave in support of their duo album The Living Tree.
The album’s track listing consists of familiar Yes classics interspersed with deep cuts from the Yes catalog, as well as songs from Anderson and Wakeman’s duo album and solo work. It’s not much of a musical stretch for songs like “The Living Tree (Part 1)” or “23/24/11” to come off in this setting, since they were essentially tailor-written for this approach, and the pair delivers strong versions of those songs. But it is the Yes material that is the most challenging, and produces the most surprising results both pro and con.
“And You and I” is perhaps the best of that lot; it turns out that a piece of material that was fairly densely orchestrated as recorded has a strong enough chord progression and melody to stand up in a sparser arrangement. You wouldn’t mistake it for Yes . . . take away the drums, bass and guitars from the Yes recording, and that’s essentially what you have here. But it works surprisingly well, as does “South Side of the Sky,” a fan favorite from Fragile that also receives the stripped-down treatment.
Anderson has performed “Long Distance Runaround” acoustically many times, so it’s not as much of a surprise that it works, but the duo’s quasi-reggae version of “Time and a Word” doesn’t serve the song as well as a straighter folk rendering probably would have.
It’s debatable whether this is actually progressive rock, per se; in the absence of most of the rhythmic arrangement elements, much of this material comes off more like progressive adult contemporary. But the dreamy atmosphere Anderson and Wakeman create proves a suitable showcase for the elements they brought to the music of Yes, and Anderson still possesses one of the most undeniably distinctive voices in rock music, even if he sings some of these songs in lower keys than the original recordings.
One very welcome addition is the closing song, “The Meeting,” a gorgeous performance of a mostly-overlooked song from the Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe project.
If you’re looking for Yes, you won’t find it here. But if you’re open to interesting new interpretations of the music of Yes, there’s still plenty to like about The Living Tree In Concert Part One.
Anderson / Wakeman – The Living Tree Live In Concert Part One
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Winston : When Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman in 2010 finally came to it, without the usual bustle and fuss of their former lord Yes bread to record an album showed once again how special their musical talents match. In “The Living Tree ‘are nine songs, though with only keyboards and vocals, still quite varied. Some songs are a candidate for treatment Yes, others breathe an intimate and warm atmosphere in the form in which they are cast. One year after the tour that the two together under names in the UK, now with ‘The Living Tree In Concert Part One, “a live album. Obviously much work of that particular album, but also some Yes songs in an acoustic and stripped jacket just as charming maintained. For example the song “And You And I”, the legendary ‘Close To The Edge “album in 2012 will celebrate its 40th anniversary, it continues to stand as majestic. Anderson, now 67, has some wear on his voice, even through a recent illness, he still knows that feeling across. Like a Peter Gabriel that still can. Wakeman has lost none of his virtuosity and melodic provides a platform for Anderson, who makes good use of.You just hear this prog veterans together to read and write. It may sound harsh, but this combination gives me as a fan more than the current Yes formation able to produce. Anderson currently touring solo with bijtitel “The Voice of Yes’ and on this live album, he makes it again twice over that. Now it is hoped that a second part may hopefully come up with songs from the tour that Anderson and Wakeman recently in America. According to reports (see interview with Anderson elsewhere in this theater), Europe this two man project also live at work and I look very forward to it. This CD is a nice souvenir and hopefully a warm-up time.
Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman of Yes Branch Out
with The Living Tree In Concert Part One!!
In 2009, Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman released The Living Tree. The stark yet stunning CD received rave reviews and the two former Yes bandmates toured in support of the album. The recorded concerts featured tracks from The Living Tree and reworked Yes classics. The Living Tree In Concert Part One was compiled and overseen by Jon and Rick with the two choosing highlights from their highly successful tour of 2010.
The end result was a dozen delicate yet dynamic songs that showcased Jon’s expressive vocals and Rick’s varied and vivid keys. SoundPress.net had the pleasure of seeing the pair in November of 2011 and The Living Tree In Concert Part One captured much of the magic and melody that we experienced at our show.
The CD starts with Anderson strumming an acoustic as Wakeman added atmospheric keys and sounds to “And You And I”. The piece was elegant and expansive and sets the tone for the rest of the chosen material. “Living Tree (Part 1)” was a vibrant and visionary tune filled with lyrics about love that meandered into the reflective “Morning Star”. The rearranged “Long Distance Runaround” was intriguing with Rick filling in the space and sound with intricate keys. “The Garden” and “Living Tree (Part 2)” were glowing and graceful.
The classic “Time And A Word” was a catchy combination of animated acoustic guitars and crafty keys countered by the stark and singular “Just One Man”. “23/24/11” was a serious song questioning war. “Southside” was mystical in its new form followed by the slower “House of Freedom” and closing with a memorizing “The Meeting”.
The Living Tree In Concert Part One is a warm live recording demonstrating that as Jon and Rick continue to branch out they still have a lot to offer fans from both their contemporary and classic catalogues. And, as the title part one implies, more may be forthcoming!
1. And You And I
2. Living Tree (Part 1)
3. Morning Star
4. Long Distance Runaround
6. Living Tree (Part 2)
7. Time And A Word
8. Just One Man
11. House Of Freedom
12. The Meeting
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The two legends YES Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman have been 2010, “The LivingTree” album released. Then it went tremendously reduced to pure minimalism if we like, on Anderson’s unique voice and Rick Wakeman piano, that’s it. Have except that the two also various YES Classics (four to be exact) installed in their 2010 live set recorded in Englandwith – not much different it is with “The Living Tree In Concert Part One”.
But even here only dominated the piano himself and Mr. Anderson, at times dreamy deep under the skin of two continuous progressive rock legends, two veterans, two exceptionalmusicians, who – as you said, at least – are blind. Apart from the “Living Tree” material (stand out in which the two great “Morning Star” and “23/24/11”), it is mainly the “Fragile”rag “Southside of the Sky,” which this deliberate reduction to the essentials did damn good.
By the way: On the basis of the subtitle may be speculated to a decoupling of this second live tour, rumored to be with material from the U.S. foray by Anderson / Wakeman.
Together in search of the truth, the key to happiness and the meaning of our existence, no simple sounding task, but when two hearts beat as you stand very far. This is certainly the case with the brilliant musical duo Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman. Already at the world famous prog-rock band Yes were alchemists as they left their words and sounds coalesce into songs such crawling under your skin like a cloud floated into another cosmos.Published in 2009 on their album “The Living Tree” you heard all that wear anything but sit on their formula. Today, they plunge us into a live edition of the tour accompanying the album, recorded under the name “The Living Tree In Concert Part One”. With only the unique timbre voice of Jon Anderson, a warm-sounding classical guitar and the master keys of Rick Wakeman, this sounds totally stripped down versions of old and recent songs very subtle. It’s a wonderful album full justice to in this Christmas period and puts more emphasis on inner strength that emanates from each song.
Since 1971, the masterpiece “Fragile” from Yes, strings together the duo Anderson / Wakeman successes together with gems like “Close To The Edge”, “Tales From Tropografic Oceans” and “Going For The One”. Despite the huge success it was not always Peis and quiet inside Yes and walked them so many times their own artistic paths, but the link was forged between the duo and united them in 2006 as a tour in which both his own work as Yes classics covered were. The crowning glory was put together with the release of their “The Living Tree” album, this live album actually and the unfulfilled promises that were made then. When the duo assured us some old Yes classics recast and placing on the album, but eventually it was decided to only new songs. Today, however, the fans of “The Living Tree in Concert Part One” to indulge a series of successful operations of their known work, without calling into the new songs, because there are again some highlights from that ensure highlights of the album. However, if you Jon Anderson’s delightful series of ascending guitar “And You And I” from their smash hit “Close To The Edge” is heard, and by the subtle play of Rick Wakeman synth, you are like old fan immediately sold. Almost seamlessly connect, new songs like “Living Tree” or the absolute top romantic waltzing “The Garden”, combined with piano and synth work, with the old classics. Surprises holds, the two also in store for us as a summer reggae adaptation of “Time And A Word”, a more subdued version of the otherwise strong “South Side Of The Sky”, where crackling voice of Jon Anderson some wear shows in the higher echelons voice, while in “Long Distance Runaround”, another classic of the same successful album “Fragile”, opt for a more sensitive, baroque editing.
Do you want something unique in your home to this peaceful Christmas day then you should look no further than “The Living Tree Live Part One” of the illustrious duo Anderson / Wakeman. Their timeless music brings you into this subtle musical framework immediately in the right atmosphere and many guest will be amazed at the Christmas table, overloaded and serenity. We look forward to the second part of this series.
Yes Legends Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman To Release ‘Anderson / Wakeman -The Living Tree In Concert Part One’
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Yes Legends Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman To Release
‘Anderson / Wakeman -The Living Tree In Concert Part One’
11/5/2011 – London, UK – As a follow-up to their critically acclaimed CD ‘The Living Tree’ from 2010, YES legends Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman prepare to release ‘Anderson / Wakeman – The Living Tree In Concert Part One’ on Gonzo Multimedia on November 28th. The CD was recorded during the duo’s British tour in 2010 and comes housed in a sleeve design by Mark Wilkinson who was also responsible for the design of the artwork for ‘The Living Tree’.
Having worked together on and off since 1971’s groundbreaking YES masterwork ‘Fragile’, Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman have traveled similar musical paths that have eventually and happily led their careers back together again. The duo began performing live together in the UK in 2006 playing both classics from the YES catalogue and selected tracks from the pair’s individual solo releases. In 2009 Anderson and Wakeman recorded the highly anticipated album ‘The Living Tree’ which garnered rave reviews worldwide. In 2010 it was announced that Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman were to tour together once more at the end of the year. The wildly successful tour featured material from their time with YES, but more importantly material from the duo’s new CD ‘The Living Tree’. A collection of live highlights from the tour were compiled and overseen by Jon and Rick for the upcoming release ‘Anderson / Wakeman – The Living Tree In Concert Part One’.
“The live recordings have a unique feel, the way we perform the show, it’s as though all the songs ‘old and new’ were written just a few months ago, all very timeless,” says Jon. “For many years Jon and I have felt it was really important to record all we do,” adds Rick, “whether for general release or just personal purposes, the decision being very much that of quality. We were so happy with the way that the live music was happening that we felt this was a must to record and put out a mixture of the music, both old and new, as a record of where we are at, at this moment, and also perhaps giving a hint as to where we can go on to. Music for us is progressive in all genres, and this album is yet another stepping stone in that quest.”
And You & I
Living Tree (Part 1)
Long Distance Runaround
Living Tree (Part 2)
Time and a Word
Just One Man
Southside of the Sky
House of Freedom
Here’s what the press are raving about the Anderson / Wakeman North American tour:
“Anderson and Wakeman not only proved that they make a vibrant twosome, but also it’s possible to reinvent YES classics without sacrificing any of the towering ambiance. Anderson’s earnest songwriting combined with Wakeman’s virtuosic vision on the keyboard/synthesizer made for a night of beautiful music.” David Hens – Examiner, Buffalo
“Anderson and Wakeman were the heart and soul of YES, and as much as I hate to say it, they seem to be better off without their former band mates. If you do have a chance to see them, you will not be disappointed, the duo’s incredible version of ‘Awaken’, that they end their regular set with, is worth the price of the admission alone.” Thom Jennings – Backstage Axxess
“This was an intimate concert, not an arena spectacle, and it underscored just how strong these great YES songs are when stripped of their musical excesses.” Greg Haymes, Times Union, Albany
“Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman aren’t YES. But the two musicians are certainly a major factor in that band’s best work. And in YES-land, Anderson and Wakeman certainly beat out the other live music options currently on display.” Jeff Miers – Buffalo News”
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See Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman in concert in North America: http://jonanderson.com/tour.html#awtour
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