Fields of Green '97

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Fields of Green '97 (1997)

Track Title Length
1 Election 97/Arthur 2' 59"
2 Starship Trooper 12' 23"
3 The Promise of Love 6' 18"
4 The Spanish Wizard 6' 35"
5 The Never Ending Road 8' 58"
6 The Fighter 5' 30"
7 Tell Me Why 5' 13"
8 The Rope Trick 3' 41"
9 The Niceman 8' 26"
10 Fields of Green 3' 42"

Fields of Green '97 (1997)

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

Fields of Green '97 (Fields of Green '97)

Type Cat No. Label Country
CD MFCD001 Music Fusion UK

Fields of Green '97 (1997)

Miscellaneous Information
Equipment Studio Engineering

Rick's Perspective
This was a re-issue of some of the original music from the album with some additional material as used for the music for the General Election of that year. Why on earth I did this I really don't know. I've never taken drugs in my life!
Wakey's Verdict
Collector's piece only!
Little Known Trivia
The theme for King Arthur was used by the BBC for more than twenty years as the main theme for all their election programmes but in 1999 I was called by a BBC producer who asked me how much I would like to pay for the privilege of them continuing to use it!!!! It's not been heard since!

Andy Long on 30/03/2003 [Other reviews by Andy Long ]

In my opinion this is one of Rick's best 'rock band' albums and it is certainly near the top of my playlist. The extra track (that I assume was not on the orignal release) smoothly blends the new themes of 'Election 97' with the familiar theme of 'Arthur' and is a perfect opener. But track two is one of my all-time Rick favourites, 'Starship Trooper/Wurm'. I guess this really qualifies, in every sense, as a Yes cover, taking into consideration that Rick was not the keyboard player on the original, despite having played it thousands of times since then. Chrissie Hammond's vocals are perfect for this track. I would have liked to hear a live drummer on the album, but Stuart Sawney's programmed percussion is as good as you're going to get out of a box. Other highlights are 'The Spanish Wizard' which has some great guitar work from Fraser Thorneycroft-Smith and the pacey rocker 'The Rope Trick'.