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What Did They Do Next Part 20a – Rick Wakeman, once again – 476

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Rick Wakeman

This week we return to our occasional ‘What did they do next’ series and it’s Rick Wakeman’s turn again. After some fairly typical personal and legal upset, the band and Rick parted ways and there was to be no repeat of the Keys to Ascension positivity.

This left Wakeman free to indulge other passions and so he ramped up one of his long-held ambitions – to return to the centre of the earth. Mark and I discuss this project a little later on and then next week we will report back on the music itself.

  • What did Rick do this time he left?
  • Was it a typically low-key affair?
  • What was he going to ‘re-tread’?

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The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and

One reply on “What Did They Do Next Part 20a – Rick Wakeman, once again – 476”

Excellent episode, and spot-on analysis of this record. I found “Return” to be superior to the ’74 original in almost every way, from the quality of the compositions to the guest-artists (Ozzie is great & Patrick Stewart is brilliant, I’d pay to hear him read the phone book) to the orchestral/choral/rock arranging/recording/mixing. Curiously the textures and overall feel here remind me of Chris Squire’s Swiss Choir more than Yes-Symphonic Live, Moody Blues, Renaissance, or any other orchestral rock album. I think that is due to the prominence of the choir in both albums. There’s nothing like a professional English choir (as I discovered a few years ago at St. Martin-in-the Fields free lunchtime concerts)! I too would have loved more piano and more Trevor Rabin guitar (my hunch is that the lead vocal & lead guitar on “Never” were the only things done at Jacaranda–this feels like a “one & done” for him). So glad that they gave Rick the adequate resources for this very enjoyable project! Cheers!

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