|Track by Track Review|
The theme song is really trademark Wakeman in a lot of ways. It's energetic and a lot of fun and has some cool twists and turns to it.
Status Quo's Rick Parfitt is featured on this song, a straight ahead rock and roller. This is good fun.
This cut is the same lineup, but I don't like it as well as the previous one. I do love the keyboard solo section, though.
Here Wakeman brings us one of his classic tunes. This is a great live performance of the piece.
This is a short little bit that's basically an introduction.
Gave Up To I|
The Cimarons do this song. It's a cool reggae jam.
This is a cool little blues piano thing from Tony Ashton.
Eric Burdon and Alvin Lee join Rick Wakeman and his group for this cool rocker. It's screaming hot.
To Get Back To You|
The lineup is the same on this cut. The tune is more of a dramatic slow blues piece.
‘n’ R medley/Be Bop A Lula|
This cut features the same musicians. It's an old school rock and roller. It's classy stuff, too.
This is another weird little tune from Tony Ashton.
Smart, Woman Smarter|
Here Andy Fairweather Low and Godley and Creme join Wakeman and his band. It's a bluesy rocker.
Eyed and Legless|
We get the same lineup on this tune. This cool tune has a great pop rock vibe to it.
The Midnight Hour|
A smoking hot blues rocker, this has the same musicians as the last one did. It's a hot number.
Ronnie Scott appears with Wakeman and the crew here. This starts off with a cool mellower, jazzy sound. It works forward with some bluesy kinds of vibes. It's slow moving. It works out to some killer full on jazz later.
Here Wakeman delivers another of the classic tunes from The Six Wives of Henry VIII. In a lot of ways this feels quite faithful to the studio take. That said, there seems to be a little modernization in the sounds at points.
1st Twist Victim|
Maggie Bell and Tony Ashton both play with Wakeman's house band here. After a spoken introduction, this comes in quite soulful. It bursts out from there to a killer jam that has definite funk on display. This is classy stuff.
Although Tony Ashton doesn't get credited on this cut, the rest of the lineup remains the same. This is a rather soulful take on Patsy Cline's trademark tune.
This Tony Ashton tune is short, weird and a bit risque.
Phil Lynott and John Sykes sit in on this tune. It's a balladic kind of number that works well.
Man’s A Fool|
The same lineup plays on this cool rocker. As much as I liked the previous tune, I like this one even more. `There is some purely incendiary jamming between the soloing keyboards and guitar on this thing.
Here we get some instrumental work with both Wakeman and Ashton. This a fun and rather funny little thing.
Here Donovan shows up to play with Wakeman and his band. I've always been a big fan of Donovan. They put in a cool version of his old classic.
Here's another with Donovan. I have to say, I'd love to hear a whole album of Donovan playing with Wakman and this band. This is a cool folk styled number that works really well.
Chris Farlow and Alvin Lee are in with Wakeman's band here. This is an old school bluesy rock and roller.
The same musicians are heard on this killer blues romp. I like this one so much.
The same crew handles this smoking hot blues tune. I love this one. It's one of my favorites here. I love the keyboard soloing on this thing.
This one is Tony Ashton doing a weird little intro bit.
May Be Wrong (But I Won’t Be Wrong Always)|
Featuring Alvin Lee, this a killer old-school rock and roller.
Me Baby What’s On Your Mind|
An old school rock and roller, the lineup is the same on this show. It's another fun and energized tune.
Intro and Vox Pops|
There's a bit of Wakeman playing, followed by some spoken bits.
Ian Paice sits in with the band here. This is an old school bluesy jazz piece. It's solid stuff for sure and a lot of fun.
Paice is also in the band here. This is much more of Wakeman styled number. It's cool stuff.
Suzi Quatro handles the vocals on this old school bluesy rocker. Steve Hackett plays harmonica on the tune.
With the same lineup as the last tune, this is another killer blues number. It's a slower song and works really well.
Steve Harley sits in on this reasonably psychedelic rocker. It's a cool change and a nice rocker. I really love the instrumental section on this because it really feels like Wakeman's solo output.
Here Wakeman is joined by his old outfit The Strawbs. This is very much a folk prog meets psychedelia type cut. It gets into some scorchingly hot rocking stuff before it ends.
Here is a cut that's strictly Rick Wakeman. He plays it on piano, and it's quite beautiful.
& The Blues|
This one features Tony Ashcroft and has some killer Wakeman soloing.
This classic old school rock and roller features John Entwhistle. I dig the cut quite a bit.
Entwhistle remains on this track, but Steve Harley is also credited. This high energy bluesy rocker has quite a bit of prog in the mix. Entwhistle gets a chance to shine on this thing.
Roy Wood shows up to cover this old Move tune. They really deliver this thing like an old school rock and roller.
Got My Eyes On You|
Here is another tune with the same lineup. This is good stuff, too.
Fab Intro for Rick's piece|
This is a spoken intro for the Wakeman solo. But then again, you probably got that from the title.
But Not Forgotten|
Here we have a nice piano solo from Wakeman.
Have To Go|
Frankie Miller is included on this old tune. There is some jazzy stuff built into this, but overall it's bluesy.
& Rick's Great Intro|
This is a pretty funny bit.
Soul Wants to be with Jah...|
The Cimarons return for another cool reggae tune.
Royale (Hackett to Pieces)|
With Steve Hackett on this screamer, the cut is a killer prog rock jam.
The same crew turns in a screaming hot rock and roller that's laced with prog rock.
Here's a cut with Tony Ashton and the band. It's just a short little number.
Now this great jam is pure Rick Wakeman magic at the start. It shifts to more of an old school rock and roll concept as it continues. It has more trademark Wakeman stuff before it ends.
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