Rick Wakeman – Six Wives of Henry VIII
CD Posted on January 20, 2013 at 8 h 15 min
The Six Wives of Henry VIII is the debut studio album from the English keyboardist and composer Rick Wakeman, released in January 1973 on A Records. It is an instrumental progressive rock album with its concept based on his interpretations of the musical characteristics of the six wives of Henry VIII. Wakeman decided on the concept in 1972 while he toured the United States with the progressive rock band Yes. As he read a book about the wives on his travels, melodies he wrote the previous year came to him and were noted down. Wakeman plays a variety of keyboard instruments including piano, Minimoog synthesiser, Mellotron, harpsichord and organ. Musicians from Yes and Strawbs, who he performed with prior to Yes, also play on the album. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics. It reached number 7 on the UK Albums Chart and number 30 on the US Billboard 200. It was certified gold in 1975 by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold 15 million copies worldwide. In 2009, Wakeman performed the album live for the first time at Hampton Court Palace for the 500th anniversary of Henry's ascension to the throne.Wakeman's Best - Aged? No. Exemplifying the 1970's - Yes. November 29, 2003
CD : Six Wives of Henry VIII
Artist : Rick Wakeman
Genre : Progressive rock, Instrumental rockTime : 36:49 Issue : 31/12/1972 Producer : Rick Wakeman Label : Fontana a&M UPC : 0075021322929 ASIN : B000002GBJ
Track List :
- Catherine Of Aragon - 3:47
- Anne Of Cleves - 7:55
- Catherine Howard - 6:40
- Jane Seymour - 4:50
- Anne Boleyn 'The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended' - 6:36
- Catherine Parr - 7:01
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By Mark D BurghRick Wakeman has produced a lot of music in the last 35 years, but this second solo album of his still is his is among his best, if not his best. Based on the BBC television life of Henry VIII's caprious attempts to further both his family's hold on power and England's revolution against the Papacy, Wakeman's music really has little to do with the history, real or imagined. Still, this Album does capture some history - that of early analog synths and samplers, and of an era of musical freedom. Conceptual failure notwithstanding, Wakeman produces six long tracks that have a cohesion that does hold up. Trained for a time at the RCM, Wakeman absored lessons on structure along with a lot of beer. The focus of each song is based on thematic material that Wakeman explores as any classical composer might do, but with the instrumentation and rythym of jazzish rock.