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    Rick Wakeman To Release New Concept Album A Gallery Of The Imagination

    Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman To Release New Concept Album A Gallery Of The Imagination

    Released on 24th February 2023 on Madfish Music

    Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman will be releasing his new concept album A Gallery Of The Imagination on February 24, 2023 on Madfish Music.

    The initial idea for A Gallery Of The Imagination stems from Ricks first piano teacher, Mrs Symes, with whom he studied from the age five until his time at the Royal College of Music. She taught him that music was like painting pictures: that when you play, you are painting pictures through music, an important lesson that Rick never forgot.

    Having written a vast array of new music recently, all of different styles, Rick recalled the advice of his beloved teacher and decided to present the tracks for the new album as if they were pictures in a gallery. Just as there are many different styles in an art gallery, so there are many different musical styles on A Gallery of the Imagination. It contains many clear prog influences, especially in the Moog solos and there are also two solo piano numbers, which reflect Ricks classical roots and show influences from the Romantic period. Equally important is the strong song and melodic influence on A Gallery Of The Imagination with eight unconventional vocal tracks, with Ricks distinctive descriptive music carefully arranged around the lyrics.

    Examples of the variety contained within the album are the fun yet wistful elements in A Day Spent on the Pier, a track describing time spent at the seaside, written in Southwold and evoked by Ricks own memories of happy childhood days spent on the helter skelters in Brighton and Clacton and on the pier in Southsea. Rick wrote The Eyes of a Child with his thirteen grandchildren in mind, aware of the responsibility of trying to fix the world for following generations whereas Cuban Carnival celebrates the light-hearted fun times Rick spent in Cuba with his band, the English Rock Ensemble. As listeners take a musical walk-through Ricks Gallery, they will find more than enough to fire the imagination and come up with their own mind paintings whilst listening to his new album. Fans can get a taste of whats to come with the first single The Dinner Party available on streaming services https://RickWakemanMadfish.lnk.to/AGOTI

    Says Rick, One of my great loves is going to museums and art galleries and seeing all the different types of art, so I thought, why not a music gallery... the Gallery of the Imagination? People can paint their own mind pictures to the different types of music that are on the album. It is very diverse and for me it works very well because the concept holds it all together.

    One of the ideas Rick would like to pursue around album release is for listeners to draw or paint their own pictures or even create sculptures to the music which, in turn, could be displayed. It is a very tactile album, Rick explains. Id like to feel that people can actually touch the music.

    The line-up on A Gallery Of The Imagination, as with Ricks previous album The Red Planet, features The English Rock Ensemble: bassist Lee Pomeroy, guitarist Dave Colquhoun, drummer Ash Soan and on vocals Hayley Sanderson, famous for her work as a vocalist on Strictly Come Dancing, with each artist recording their individual parts in their own studios. Join Rick for a stroll around A Gallery Of The Imagination as he says: A gallery that belongs to everyone.

    A Gallery Of The Imagination Trailer: https://youtu.be/Lvbm3cj0U1s

    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

    A Gallery Of The Imagination will be released on the following formats and is available to pre-order here: https://RickWakemanMadfish.lnk.to/AGOTI

    CD (jewel case)
    2 disc set - CD+DVD inc. surround sound audio & hi-res stereo
    2LP in gatefold sleeve
    2LP on clear vinyl in a gatefold sleeve
    Super Deluxe Limited Edition multi format set featuring 2LP, CD & DVD inc. surround sound audio & hi-res stereo plus a 24 page perfect bound book presented in a lift off lid box
    Digital

    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

    For more high res images please see: https://www.madfishmusic.com/media/rickwakeman/

    For more information:
    www.rickwakemansmusicemporium.com/
    www.rwcc.com
    www.instagram.com/rickwakemanmusic
    https://www.facebook.com/RickWakemanMusic
    https://twitter.com/GrumpyOldRick

    Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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    I love Rick, and took the dive on his last release about Mars, and it has it's great moments, but I don't find myself pulling out the cd very often.
    I overpaid a lot on his site to support him, and well, I guess the autograph is worth something to someone somewhere.
    I later saw it on Amazon about $20USD cheaper, and did a had on the forehead moment. lol

    I just scrolled through the single the Dinner Party, and to me it's very ho hum, like he phoned that one in. Not much happening creatively, and I will say it...boring.
    Hopefully the other songs, and the songs with vocals will help lift it up, but a big pass from me on this one.
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    Rick Wakeman To Release New Concept Album
    It must be Wednesday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    It must be Wednesday.
    Hmm. He could actually call it that ... "It Must Be Wednesday"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    I just scrolled through the single the Dinner Party, and to me it's very ho hum, like he phoned that one in. Not much happening creatively, and I will say it...boring.
    I actually quite like that one. It is fairly simple in arrangement, and certainly nothing 'new' from the Caped One, but it has a charm to it that works for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    I actually quite like that one. It is fairly simple in arrangement, and certainly nothing 'new' from the Caped One, but it has a charm to it that works for me.
    I can understand the "charm" thing, and glad you like it.
    I'm sure there will be other songs that trigger my "oh, there's Rick", but The Red Planet is all I need at this point.
    Limited budget these days of retirement, mean "choices" of what gets the nod. lol
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    After one listen-through A Gallery of Imagination:

    At best, it's background music while I'm doing other stuff online. I really hear no melodies that are memorable to me. At times bits of it could be soundtrack music for an indie film as someone is walking by the Thames thinking of something at night. Occasionally, it's just plain boring.
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