Private Collection

Private Collection

by Rick Wakeman


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Private Collection

A lengthy compilation of demos, unreleased tracks, and piano solos previously reserved for family members, and a pleasant surprise indeed. Despite some forgettable '80s synth schlock on "Steamhole Dance" and "Warmongers," most of the album consists of intimate recordings like the charmingly creaky old piano on "The Mountain" and the deathbed consolation of "Piece for Granny." Arcana from Journey to the Center of the Earth also makes a strong showing here -- it's a must-have for fans of that album. There's a mildly entertaining demo of "The Battle"; more of interest are the two wry encores from the Journey to the Center of the Earth concert, which show the orchestra and Wakeman trading off variations on advertising jingles, much to the crowd's amusement. But recorders beware: the running times listed in the liner notes are completely wrong.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/1998
Label: President Records
UPC: 5017447999236
catalogNumber: 23
Rank: 179252

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Wakeman   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Keyboards
London Symphony Orchestra   Track Performer
Jackie McAuley   Guitar
English Chamber Choir   Track Performer
Tony Fernandez   Percussion
John Gustafson   Bass
Ashley Holt   Vocals
Gary Pickford Hopkins   Vocals
Barney James   Percussion
David Measham   Conductor
Roger Newell   Bass
Gary Pickford   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rick Wakeman   Producer
New York Symphony Orchestra & Chorale   Contributor
John Burns   Engineer
Stuart Sawney   Engineer
John Luard Timperley   Engineer
Paul Tregurtha   Engineer
Ken Thomas   Engineer
David Richards   Engineer

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