This album stinks.
At the time I was having a huge run in with A&M records and their hierarchy would do anything possible to try and disrupt what I was trying to do. It was not an easy time.
I delivered the finished soundtrack album and it was immediately thrown back in my face and a deal was done directly with the film company to take the tapes and do what they wanted with them, which was a complete disaster in my eyes.
The album flopped dismally and I was furious because it was my name on the front cover.
Unless you're a serious collector, don't waste your money.
|Little Known Trivia|
During the making of the film, in which I was sprayed silver and played the God Thor, I had to have numerous rhinestones stuck to my eyebrows. These took ages to remove each night as did the silver paint. One night I decided I couldn't be bothered and drove home with most of the paint and rhinestones still on me.
I stopped at a pub for a swift pint and unwittingly had picked an inn frequented by the gay community. I found this out when I went to the loo after my pint. I was followed in by six guys wearing similar make up.
I cleaned myself up every night after that regardless of how long it took, and found a new pub as well.
Tim Boudewijn van der Wart on 30th March 2002 [Other reviews]
Lisztomania…a soundtrack that makes you longing to see the movie (and I still haven’t seen it because I can’t find the movie anywhere). Although not all the tracks are Wakemans’ it is a beautiful album with a very special feeling to it. The combination of Roger Daltry's lightning voice with the gorgeous Wakeman melodies makes this a sensation. Peace at Last is the best song of the album; it’s a kind of extension to love’s dream which is also very beautiful. There are also a few sinister tracks on this album such as Hell. It can be quite hard to find a copy since not many of them were sold, if you can’t find it try to get the exclusive eight cd box (only 1000 of these around! so be quick) because Rick has put the “real Lisztomania” in there.
Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen on 4th December 1997 [Other reviews]
Some of this album is great, like the one track Rick wrote himself. Also very good are the two versions of "Liebes- traume", particularly the rocking "Peace at last", which is the song most fit for Roger Daltrey's rock'n'roll voice. There are, however, pieces on this album which I found rather unpleasant, namely "Hell" and "Excelsior Song". I never could handle those.
Eduardo Valle on 1st February 1997 [Other reviews]
Soundtrack of a Ken Russell film featuring the music of Liszt and Wagner adapted to symphonic rock. Rick composed a short piece of music and added lyrics to another one. Most of the songs are sung by Roger Daltrey and Rick plays Moogs very well as ever. Although Rick has said that he didn't like this album (why Rick?), it will please those who like his first albums. I would like to emphasize Dante Period, Hell, Excelsior Song, Funerailles, Master Race and Rape, Pillage & Clap as great moments of this album. Lisztomania is also a classical album that cannot be absent in Wakeman collector's collection.