For those passionate about music, there is a special place where the sounds of creativity and imagination come alive: A Gallery of the Imagination! This unique gallery stemmed from an important lesson taught by Rick’s first piano teacher, Mrs Symes. From the age of five until his time at the Royal College of Music, she instilled in him that when playing music, it was like painting pictures. Music has always been a powerful source of emotion and insight. For Rick, it has also been an incredible form of expression. Recently, he has written a vast array of new music in different styles, but wasn’t sure how to present them as part of an album. That was until he recalled the advice of his beloved teacher – to present the tracks like pictures. It was this stroke of genius that allowed Rick to create something truly remarkable and exciting.prog rock.
Music fans will be delighted to hear of the newest album from Rick, which combines classical and prog influences in an exciting way. It contains many clear prog influences, especially in the Moog solos, and it also features two solo piano numbers. These reflect Rick’s classical roots, showing influences from the Romantic period. This melding of styles creates an intriguing mix of old and new that is sure to captivate listeners and offer something completely unique. “A Gallery of the Imagination”, the latest release from Rick, is an exciting blend of music and vocals that promises to take listeners on a journey like no other. Not only does it feature twelve uncommon vocal tracks, but also incredible instrumentals that provide a strong song and melodic influence. Rick has carefully arranged each track to ensure that his distinctive descriptive music stands out and complements each vocalist’s performance.
For decades, Rick Wakeman has been an icon in the prog rock community. As the keyboard player of Yes, his name alone is enough to make any fan of progressive music know that he will be remembered and honored forever in prog rock’s hall of fame. His musical career spans five decades, during which time he has performed with some of the biggest names in music and released dozens of critically acclaimed solo albums.
‘A Gallery Of The Imagination’ – Track List
01 Hidden Depths
02 The Man In The Moon
03 A Mirage in the Clouds
04 The Creek
05 My Moonlight Dream
06 Only When I Cry
07 Cuban Carnival
08 Just A Memory
09 The Dinner Party
10 A Day Spent On The Pier
11 The Visitation
12 The Eyes of a Child
Keyboard engineering: Erik Jordan
Mixing & editing: Erik Jordan at The Nursery
Additional mixing: Toby Wood
Mastering: Simon Heyworth at Super Audio Mastering
Producers: Rick Wakeman & Erik Jordan
Executive Producer: Rob Ayling
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