The Private Collection (1995)

Track TitleLength
1The Battle4m 35s
2Penny's Piece7m 43s
3Pearl and Dean Piano Concerto4m 35s
4Piece For Granny3m 58s
5Steamhole Dance (Parts 1 & 2)3m 37s
6The Mountain8m 18s
7Warmongers4m 14s
8Aberlady11m 18s
9Now A Word From Our Sponsor3m 14s

The Private Collection (1995)

Artist List
Artist NameInstrumentTrack (where known)
Rick WakemanKeyboards
Ashley HoltVocals
Barney JamesPercussion
David HemmingsNarration
David MeashamConductor
The English Chamber ChoirChoir
Gary Pickford HopkinsVocals
Geoff CramptonGuitar
Jackie McAuleyGuitar
John GustafsonBass
London Symphony OrchOrchestra
New York Symphony OrchOrchestra
Roger NewellBass
Tony FernandezDrums

The Private Collection (1995)

TypeCat No.LabelCountry
CDRIO CD 1004AmbientUK
CDRIO CD 1004PresidentUSA

The Private Collection (1995)

Miscellaneous Information
Equipment Studio Engineering
• Stuart Sawney
• John Burns
• Paul Tregurtha
• John Timperley
• Dave Richards
• Ken Thomas

Rick's Perspective
This is a strange collection of oddball stuff that I found in my studio and just didn't have the heart to throw away. There is nothing great on there but on the other hand it makes for interesting listening if you're an anorak for this kind of thing.
Wakey's Verdict
For the ardent fan only
Little Known Trivia
I've got shed loads of stuff like this!!!

Christian Loebenstein on 22nd September 2001 [Other reviews]

The Private Collection is rather a treasure box for the purists than an ordinary commercial release. It opens with a studio version of "The Battle" (repeat, studio!) done with the original Journey line-up plus the usual extra bits (choir, brass, etc). Most of the other tracks, classical pieces for piano/orchestra, were recorded live during the original Journey concerts - the quality of those recordings is stunning. "Steamhole Dance" and "Warmongers" sound very much like they were left off "Cost Of Living", interesting that these typical Wakeman instrumentals weren't used on the Album. Onn second thought they could have been on "The Burning" too, the backwards piano effect reminds me more of "Cost Of Living" though. The set concludes with "And Now A Word From Our Sponsor", a track that collectors might remember from a vinyl-single B-Side…

Siggi Zielinski on 20th September 1999 [Other reviews]

This is a great collection of long lost and/or unreleased recordings like the only studio performance of "Battle" from "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" with original line-up and orchestra. Next rarity is a track from the "Journey" concert at the Royal Festival Hall ("The Pearl an Dean Piano Concerto"). Also four very nice previously unreleased solo-piano pieces to be found on this CD. Last but not least we have here two convincing rocking group tracks recorded during the early 80's.

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