The Natural World Trilogy (1999)

The Natural World Trilogy

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#Track TitleLength
1The Snow Leopard7m 14s
2Tuatara7m 17s
3The Desert Lizard8m 0s
4The Pond Skater7m 40s
5Lacemakers6m 31s
6The Salamander5m 54s
7Chameleons7m 13s
8The Christmas Wren6m 14s
9The Chrysalis5m 10s
10The Spider Crab6m 26s
11Sea Green Turtles9m 11s
12The Corel Reef6m 29s
13Sea Urchins8m 5s
14Angel Falls6m 1s
15The Minerva Terraces6m 23s
16Mono Lake7m 58s
17The Sun Dew5m 23s
18The "Queen of Gems"4m 34s
19Pacific Paradise8m 13s
20The Olgas7m 19s
21The Tower of Guilin7m 42s
22Teneya Creek6m 28s
23The Laguna Colorado6m 48s
24The Alpine Snowbell5m 34s
25Mitre Peak5m 6s
26Pammukale8m 6s
27The Painted Desert5m 13s
Artist Name Instrument Track (where known)
Rick WakemanKeyboardsAll
Type Cat No. Label Country Other Title
CDMFACD001Music FusionWorldwide
Equipment Studio Engineering
  • Korg
  • Kurzweil
  • Roland
  • Technics
  • EMU
  • Bajonor Studios, IoM in the summer of 97
  • Stuart Sawney
Rick's Perspective
An attempt at another analogue trilogy of ambient new age type of music to follow up to the successful Aspirant series. If you like this kind of thing then you'll like this, that's about all I can say.
Wakey's Verdict
Great for relaxation.
Little Known Trivia
They were originally commissioned by a German company who went broke owing me a fair amount of money. Not nice people.

Alan Morgan on 3rd August 2019 [Other reviews]

I consider the Rick Wakeman Album "The Natural World Trilogy" to be a "Good" album. By that I mean an album that can be listened to in its entirety, without interruption, and be enjoyed for its own sake. The musicianship is, as one has come to expect from our Mr. Wakeman, of exceptional quality. Rick is a long standing professional, who has been a member of too many top class groups and sessions to be anything else. His 1999 album therefore cannot be anything other than what it turns out to be on playing. A perfectly executed piece of pure class. If you are expecting dramatic drums and soaring guitars, you will be disappointed, but make no mistake here; what you will get is a keyboard player who has realized that these trappings are totally unnecessary to show his own artistry and ability as both a writer and performer. To cut it short, I bought this album on Ebay, thinking it would be a gap-filler. I loved it. Rick is brilliant on this. A definite precursor to his later piano projects of the very recent past, like Piano Portraits and Piano Odyssey, both of which I have and love. That's not to say that this trilogy is a piano project. There is, naturally, some piano on it, but the overall feeling and style is of the kind of album that the majority of "keyboard" orientated artists would produce if they could actually play the keyboard instead of programming it. There are no sequencers on this album - every trill and every repeated phrase is played by Rick and he can reproduce it live. That is the beauty of a genuine keyboardist like Rick Wakeman. If you want further proof of his ability, just watch him during his keyboard solo slots on any of the Yes live videos he's participated in. His live renditions of the themes from his own "Six wives of Henry VIII" are absolutely stunning! Look at it like this - if Rick Wakeman came to your house and played a track from this album live in front of you, and you did not know who he was (say, He wasn't famous), you'd want him to join your band immediately because he's a keyboard maestro, and it shows. Buy It!

Sergey Lenkov on 21st December 2005 [Other reviews]

A great continuation of the "Aspirant" saga. New Age or New World electronic meditative music. 3 CDs. Each with one hour programme. All I had written about "Aspirant Sunset" I could repeat here. Musical landscapes. You could return to the places created by wizard Rick many times and each time you would find something new. Very mentally healthy, positive and clear music. Our crazy depressive world is in the need of it now. Rick, please, more of that cure... Some melodies sounds more impressive than music of "Sun Trilogy". "The Snow Leopard" reminds me of music from operas by Rimsky-Korsakov. If you are lover of ambient and new age, this album - is your choice. If you are an old rocker - well, try before sleeping time, may be you would like it, it’s good to try something new sometimes.

Siggi Zielinski on 8th October 1999 [Other reviews]

This trilogy consists of 3 separate discs called "The Animal Kingdom"(inspired by the animal world; I thought this is also a very cruel world before hearing this), "Beneath the Waves"(inspired by the sea world) and "Heaven on Earth" based on some peaceful aspects of the nature. The first disc seems to be musically less interesting than the other ones. I guess the music here should be understood more as a functional relaxating background matter. It seems to me that "The Art in music trilogy" provides some more valuable musical themes than this one. The kind of music and artwork are very similiar on both Trilogies so they could've become a 6CD-Box as well.