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Rick Wakeman and Tony Ashton - Gastank (3CD) (3CD)

Release Date: 31st March 2017

Label: RRAW
Catalogue Number: MFGZ020CD
Price: £22.50
Available: In stock

Rick Wakeman and Tony Ashton - Gastank (3CD)

The year is 1982. Popular music has gone through several tumultuous years, an understatement for artists of the time. Classic and progressive rock musicians are at that moment reimaging themselves, their sound, and their stagecraft, in light of new influences, and the tremendous impact of music videos via the juggernaut called MTV. Punk has come and mostly gone, but continues to influence a host of bands, all plying slightly different musical territory, be it goth, ska, “new wave” dance or one of any number of increasingly eclectic musical styles.

The most able and successful bands of the 1970s are weathering the storm, making changes to their style and stagecraft and often their lineup. Genesis for example was then approaching mega-stardom with Phil Collins at the helm. Yes in particular were continuing to change at least one member with nearly every new release. Wakeman himself is exploring new styles and approaches to his solo work, having struck gold in the 1970s with such epic releases as The Six Wives of Henry The Eighth and Journey to the Center of the Earth he ended the decade with the more varied releases Criminal Record and Rhapsodies. It’s fair to say that in the early 1980’s Wakeman was in search of a new direction. He recorded a soundtrack for cult favorite The Burning, and the well-received 1984.

Rick Wakeman joined partner Tony Ashton, establishing a new television show called GasTank. Produced by Paul Knight with associate Ralph Tobert, Directed by Gerry Mill and recorded in a pub setting with stage and small studio audience, the show aired in the U.K. on channel 4 in 1982-1983. It featured Wakeman interviewing a host of musical artists as diverse as Steve Hackett, Ian Paice, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle, Eric Burdon, and Godley and Crème, then joining these musicians for a few live numbers with stalwart co-host Tony Ashton and friends.

The show was beloved by fans of rock and prog music who had the chance to see some well established rock ‘n’ roll heroes, along with a few overlooked artists of the era, play classic and new songs live in an intimate setting.

As an example, GasTank #1 kicks off with a couple of pieces by Ashton and Wakeman, then features friends Rick Parfitt from Status Quo, a reggae band The Cimarons, then legends Alvin Lee and Eric Burdon. Ashton brings a sense of humor, honky tonk bar-band blues piano and gritty vocals to his featured songs. Wakeman is, well, the man and musician we’ve come to know over so many years in the business – funny, disarming even, and as always brilliant on the keys. The house band includes long time Wakeman drummer Tony Fernandez with Chas Cronk and Jerome Rimson on bass. The rest of the crew play their parts whether an original tune from their catalog, or a suitable cover, such as when Eric Burdon introduces a long time Elvis Presley favorite. It’s intimate and thoroughly enjoyable for any fan or interested viewer.

GasTank has long been unavailable any format for years. 

This standard edition contains 3CD.

You can see the Deluxe Edition here


Disc 1 Episode 1


  1. GasTank Theme
  2. Little Lady Rain  
  3. Catherine Howard
  4. Raggy  
  5. He Gave Up To I  
  6. Cigarettes!  
  7. Heart Attack  
  8. Trying To Get Back To You  
  9. R ‘n’ R medley/Be Bop A Lula 
  10. Episode 2 Aeroplane  
  11. Man Smart, Woman Smarter  
  12. Wide Eyed and Legless  
  13. In The Midnight Hour  
  14. Gerrard Street  
  15. Catherine Parr  
  16. Blackpool’s 1st Twist Victim  
  17. Crazy  


Disc 2 Episode 3


  1. TV Set  
  2. Growing Up  
  3. The Man’s A Fool  
  4. Keyboard Adlib  
  5. Mellow Yellow  
  6. Lalena  
  7. Staring
  8. Outta Windows  
  9. Stormy Monday Blues  
  10. Lucille  
  11. Episode 4 GasTank  
  12. I May Be Wrong (But I Won’t Be Wrong Always)  
  13. Tell Me Baby What’s On Your Mind  
  14. Resurrection Shuffle 
  15. Possibly  
  16. My Babe  
  17. CC Rider  
  18. Sweet Little Rock n Roller  


Disc 3 Episode 5

  1. I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside  
  2. Mr Soft  
  3. It’s Weird  
  4. The Hangman  
  5. Elgin Mansions  
  6. Jam & The Blues  
  7. Twist & Shout  
  8. Go America  
  9. Episode 6 Why Oh Why? 
  10. California Man  
  11. I Got My Eyes On You 
  12. Gone But Not Forgotten  
  13. He’ll Have To Go  
  14. My Soul Wants to be with Jah…  
  15. Deep Pockets  
  16. Camino Royale (Hackett to Pieces)  
  17. Hackett’s Bogie Hackett’s Bogie (reprise)


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