Fields of Green '97 (1997)

Fields of Green '97

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#Track TitleLength
1Election 97/Arthur2m 59s
2Starship Trooper12m 23s
3The Promise of Love6m 18s
4The Spanish Wizard6m 35s
5The Never Ending Road8m 58s
6The Fighter5m 30s
7Tell Me Why5m 13s
8The Rope Trick3m 41s
9The Niceman8m 26s
10Fields of Green3m 42s
Artist Name Instrument Track (where known)
Rick WakemanKeyboardsAll
Chrissie HammondVocalsAll
Fraser Thorneycroft-SmithGuitarsAll
Phil LaughlinBassAll
Stuart SawneyPercussion ProgrammingAll
Type Cat No. Label Country Other Title
CDMFCD001Music FusionUK
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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 30th March 2003 [Other reviews]

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'.