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Rick Wakeman - Crimes of Passion (CD)

Release Date: 4th August 2017

Label: RRAW
Catalogue Number: MFGZ018CD
Price: £9.99
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Rick Wakeman - Crimes of Passion

Rick Wakeman is a remarkable musician who, as well as being the keyboard player most firmly linked with ‘Yes’ in the public eye, having been a member of this venerable band on no less than five occasions, he also leant his distinctive playing style to hit singles by such notables as David Bower and Cat Stevens.

What is less well known, however, is his long-standing career as a composer of film soundtracks.

Rick first met Ken Russell when he was asked to star in Russell’s peculiar movie Lisztomania in 1975 alongside Roger Daltrey. The term "Lisztomania" was coined by the German romantic literary figure Heinrich Heine to describe the massive public response to Liszt's virtuosic piano performances. At these performances, there were allegedly screaming women, and the audience was sometimes limited to standing room only. Russell, however, played fast and loose with historical fact, and the film features Rick Wakeman as the Norse god Thor, and Richard Wagner as a weird Frankenstein/Hitler wielding a machine-gun-guitar.

This record is the soundtrack from Ken Russell 1984 movie ‘Crimes of Passion’. The film explores themes of human relationships and mental illness through a mix of sex and suspense!

Wakeman says: ‘Working with Ken Russell was not only a highlight in my musical life but also a great learning time for me as well – Ken truly understood film and film music like no other. He knew what he wanted, but after telling you then expected you to take his ideas to another level. He was always involved and came to stay with me during my writing period. He would listen and make suggestions. He would always be complimentary if you did something he really liked and if he felt something wasn’t working musically, he would discuss it with you and explain what he needed for the film.’

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