Themes (1998)

Track Title Length
1 Fanfare 4' 30"
2 Bassolla 4' 30"
3 Nothing Left To Say 2' 16"
4 Latin Cycle 5' 6"
5 Ambient Loop 6' 22"
6 Without Love
7 Section Seven 3' 40"
8 Hall of Fame 3' 37"
9 On Our Way 3' 47"
10 Forever and Ever 4' 43"
11 Freefall 9' 13"

Themes (1998)

Artist List
Artist Name Instrument
Rick Wakeman Keyboards
Brad Waissman Bass
Chrissie Hammond Vocals
Fraser Thorneycroft-Smith Guitars/Vocals
Phil Laughlin Bass
Stuart Sawney Percussion Programming

Themes (Themes)

Type Cat No. Label Country
CD RWCD32 President UK

Themes (1998)

Miscellaneous Information
Equipment Studio Engineering
• Korg
• Kurzweil
• Gem
• Voice Crystal
• Apple Macintosh
• Celestion
• Bajonor Studios, IoM
• Between Sep 97-Mar 98
• Stuart Sawney

Rick's Perspective
I was asked to write a song and submit it for consideration for the World Cup. This I did, and then found out that the person who asked me to do it was talking out of his rear end and didn't have any contacts at all! I had also put together a lot of TV type themes at the time for submitting to various television companies but my representation at the time didn't know where to start, so in frustration I put them all on a CD, called it Themes and put it out. I personally love tracks like Bassola which are right off the wall!
Wakey's Verdict
Good thematic stuff. All wasted too. Great shame.
Little Known Trivia
There are a lot more tracks like this that never made it on to the album........I really must try and find them one day!!!

Siggi Zielinski on 06/09/1999 [Other reviews by Siggi Zielinski ]

The title may suggest this to be a kind of "best of"-compilation. But it isn't. "Themes" can be described as a set of brilliant new musical ideas Rick had on his mind at the time. As it states on the cover the catalyst element could be "the strong sense of thematic composition". This album contains all in all very strong themes varying from rocky-synth-up-tempo tracks (he could have used them within Yes) with vocal contribution from guitarist and from Chrissie, to beautiful lyrical themes played with traditional or guitar-sounding keys, little bit of happy pop,baroque music and one Tangerine Dream-influenced track. On "Themes" Rick uses guitarist,female-singer and drum-machine from "Fields of Green" but this remains to me even more interesting proposition than "Fields". Great stuff!

Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen on 01/09/2003 [Other reviews by Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen ]

This is one of those albums that make you think: "What's the point?" This is not among Rick's major works. It sounds like diverse instrumental keyboard work which Rick has done quite similar and often better somewhere else. No songs are really very good, and not really bad either. This album remains anonymous and very easy to be totally indifferent about... It resembles perhaps albums like "Wakeman with Wakeman", "Zodiaque" or "Crimes of Passion" - although with a 90s sound.