Themes (1998)


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#Track TitleLength
1Fanfare4m 30s
2Bassolla4m 30s
3Nothing Left To Say2m 16s
4Latin Cycle5m 6s
5Ambient Loop6m 22s
6Without Love4m 0s
7Section Seven3m 40s
8Hall of Fame3m 37s
9On Our Way3m 47s
10Forever and Ever4m 43s
11Freefall9m 13s
Artist Name Instrument Track (where known)
Rick WakemanKeyboardsAll
Brad WaissmanBassAll
Chrissie HammondVocalsAll
Fraser Thorneycroft-SmithGuitars/VocalsAll
Phil LaughlinBassAll
Stuart SawneyPercussion ProgrammingAll
Type Cat No. Label Country Other Title
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!!!

Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen on 1st September 2003 [Other reviews]

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.

Siggi Zielinski on 6th September 1999 [Other reviews]

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!