1984(Limited Edition) CD (2011)

Artist: Rick Wakeman

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Product Overview


Label Msi Music
SKU 202721003
UPC 604388664528
UPC 14 00604388664528
Format CD
Release Date 10/21/2011
Author Rick Wakeman
Associated Artist/Work Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
Associated Artist/Work Anderson, Jon
Associated Artist/Work Anderson, Jon (Vocals (Yes))
Associated Artist/Work Banda Sinfonica Jovem Do Estado
Associated Artist/Work Beckitt, Emmie
Associated Artist/Work Fasciano, Mario
Associated Artist/Work Fernandez, Tony
Associated Artist/Work Giltrap, Gordon
Associated Artist/Work Jon Anderson
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Wakeman & Cousins
Associated Artist/Work Wakeman, Adam
Technical Info
Engineer Mike Bobak; Mike Bobak
CatalogID MFVP 101CD
Lable Name Music Fusion
Released 04/17/2006
Original Release 1981
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 46m : 32s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00604388664528
Musical Guests
Chaka Khan
Jon Anderson
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Rick Wakeman (piano, synthesizers, organ, electric piano); Kenny Lynch, Steve Harley, Tim Rice, Chaka Khan, Jon Anderson (vocals); Tim Stone (guitar), Gary Barnacle (saxophone); Steve Barnacle (bass); Tony Fernandez, Frank Ricotti (drums).
Recorded from February 23 to April 14, 1981.
Personnel: Rick Wakeman (piano, electric piano, organ, mini-Moog synthesizer, Synclavier); Stevie Lange, Sonia Jones Morgan, Kenny Lynch, Steve Harley, Tim Rice, Chaka Khan (vocals); D. Newlands (viola); Alan Daziel, B. Truman, M. Robinson (cello); Jim Gregory (flute); T. Weinberg, Keith Puddy (clarinet); G. Scheen (bassoon); Tony Fernandez, Gary Barnacle (saxophone); J. Wallis, J. Miller (trumpet); J.L. Jenkins (tuba); P. Easthope, M.J.S. Thompson (horns); Frank Ricotti (drums).
Recording information: Morgan Studios (02/23/1981-04/14/1981).
Even though the majority of the songs include vocals, Rick Wakeman's 1984 stands as one his most well-rounded albums, combining the dexterity and mastery of the keyboards with the richness and instrumental passion of violins, trombones, and flutes. But these instruments are only a handful that emerge throughout the 11 tracks on the album, which remains both vocally and musically true to its conceptual purpose of perpetrating George Orwell's classic tale. Wakeman implements French horns, harp, piccolos, tubas, and even marimbas to capture the essence of his pieces, all fusing quite harmoniously behind the powerful yet effective runs of piano and synthesizer. The music is dark and cold in all the right places, capturing the despair and hopelessness of such tracks as "The Proles" and "Robot Man." The opposite is played out on "Julia," where Chaka Khan and an accompanying choir along with the delicate sound of an acoustic piano aptly describe in musical form the warmth and promise of the female heroine. Tim Rice, who wrote the lyrics for the album, sings lead on "The Proles," while the song "No Name" is head-manned by Steve Harley of Cockney Rebel fame. Although Wakeman's keyboards aren't hoarding the spotlight, they still remain an integral part of the album's futuristic motif. Melded in with the percussion and woodwind instruments, his electric pianos and organs lead the way in most of the tracks, and rightfully take over in numbers like "1984" and "The Room." This album, as do his first three classics, reveals Wakeman's prominence as a keyboard maestro while equally displaying his proficiency at creating a well-rounded, tightly knit thematic piece. ~ Mike DeGagne
Disc 1
1 Overture, Pt. 1
2 Julia
3 Hymn, The
4 The Room (Brainwash), Pts. 1
5 Robot Man
6 Sorry
7 No Name
8 Forgotten Memories
9 Proles, The
10 1984
Product Attributes
Artist Wakeman,Rick
Label United States Of Dist.
Music Format Compact Disc
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