Rick Wakeman – Six Wives of Henry VIII
CD Posted on December 22, 2012 at 12 h 58 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.
CD : Six Wives of Henry VIII
Artist : Rick Wakeman
Genre : New AgeTime : 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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BiographyRick Wakeman is a British musician, born in 1949, who rose to prominence as the pioneering keyboard player for Yes in the 1970s and went on to enjoy a successful solo career. Born in London, he attended the Royal College of Music, though he left after a year and a half in order to pursue work as a session musician. By 1971 he had joined Yes, the first of several jaunts with the band.