Why did Rick Wakeman want Larry Fast? Part 2 – 612

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Jeffrey Crecelius and Ken Fuller

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This week, Mark and I return to the second part of our discussion around why Rick Wakeman wanted Larry Fast to help him out on Tales from Topographic Oceans. We listened to Electronic Realizations For Rock Orchestra by Synergy on which Larry played everything. Stay tuned to hear what we thought of the album from 1975.

  • What does this record sound like from the vantage point of 2024?
  • Does the basic technology make it sound old?
  • Why did Rick want Larry?

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4 replies on “Why did Rick Wakeman want Larry Fast? Part 2 – 612”

I love Larry’s recordings, his own & his work with other artists, including Peter Gabriel, Nektar, Foreigner, Annie Haslam, Kate Bush, Tony Levin, Bonnie Tyler, Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, FM, Randy Newman, and Hall & Oates.
I saw & met Larry with Peter Gabriel on each tour from 1977-1983, with Nektar in 2002, with the Tony Levin Band in 2006, and at NEARfest in the 2000s & 2010s when he represented the Moog Foundation with Michelle Moog-Koussa. In fact, for those interested, the Nektar 2002 NEARfest concert with Larry is now available on vinyl for the 1st time from Cleopatra Records, and the dvd and cd are still around on Amazon & elsewhere.
He’s got a brilliant scientific & musical mind and is a hell of a nice man.
Thanks, Kevin, for using my photos as part of this episode and last week’s episode, and for the name checks. I’m always happy to help with information and/or photos.

Hi Kevin –

I wanted to leave a comment on, but couldn’t seem to find a way to do so. I enjoyed your first anthem and was quite impressed at the breadth and depth for one week’s effort. Well done! Something comparable would have taken me all week, with little room for anything else. And I think you handled the affordances and limitations of MIDI and Logic very well.

Of course I also enjoyed this weeks Yes Music Podcast, and plan to listen to Synergy thanks to you and Mark.

All the best,

Just a correction to part one. Mark spoke about the documentary of Peter Gabriel using the Fairlight and said it was about his third album. This doc was a South Bank programme (UK listeners will remember that hosted by Melvyn Bragg) about PG recording his fourth album.

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