section comprises questions that were put to Rick on the 14th November
- Bill Hammell
- On what
Yes songs did Rick actually contribute to the writing on (some are
uncredited and some are ambiguous like the ABWH project) and to what
extent on them?
more than I was credited for. But that was a contractual problem
with the publishing company rather than any artistic dispute reasons.
Although I've missed out on royalties as a result over the years,
I don't bear any grudges over it.
songs on the infamous "Paris Sessions" and other unreleased
Yes songs did he write part of?
co-wrote approx 90% of the "Paris Sessions" with Jon
- Alexei Michailowsky
long did the keyboard recordings of Six Wives actually last (the
cover says that it was from february to august, 1972, but I suppose
intercalated with Rick's other projects, like the Yes album "close
to the edge", which dates from the same period)?
50% of that actual time period was spent on 6 Wives
many channels on the recording machine? And what was the overdubbing
technique used? Simple reduction, Rick listening to what was already
recording and doing it instrument by instrument?
was recorded on a 16 track, with much use of track bouncing.
It was mixed on 2" 24 track.
the basic track of "Catherine of Aragon" played live at
the studio (seems like Rick playing piano, moog and mellotron with
the other musicians and adding electric piano and hammond in an overdub)?
was the first track recorded and yes, myself, Steve, Bill and
Chris recorded the track live and it was then overdubbed. I still
have the original tape of the demo which was called (and is labelled)
"Demo - Handle With Care", a parody on Fragile
Howard" has a feel of "live at the studio", and Rick
particularly has the thing of trying to play the most parts he can
live, at the same time (including doing several counterpoints). Does
anybody know how much "live" he did that recording?
it was piano with a band and then overdubbed
Rick use the two minimoogs triggered at CV-to gate anytime in the
- A "custom
mixer" is mentioned in the record sleeve. What was it?
in those days there were no keyboard mixers, and my collection
of keyboards at the time had varying output levels, some high
some low etc. we needed to build a mixer that coped with all the
different levels for each instrument.
the vibes at the intro of "Anne Boleyn" played by Rick on
a mellotron or are they real vibes played by someone?
vibes played by Frank Ricotti
- In the
sleeve it's written that Rick used a mellotron to play "vocals".
Did he record samples of backing vocals in the instrument or simply
used that typical airy vocal samples?
were only used a tiny amount and were sampled from voice. However
most of the vocals were sung.
did Rick use the ARP synth mentioned in the sleeve?
accident! An ARP salesman came to see me with the thing and I
plugged it in and recorded a little bit with it. The guy then
packed it up and took it away.
- Jon Hinchliffe
is the Story behind The Painter on Classical Connection being called
Harvest Festival on Country Airs?
the pieces have similar styles, they are actually two distinct
many Tracks has Rick Written effectively in the time it took him to
play them? I have heard him State "After the Ball" was one
during one of his stories. And On Our Tune he said Gone But Not Forgotten
was the same.
But Not Forgotten
does the following fit into Starship trooper played live?:
[D|A|G|D] x 4
[D|A|C|G] x 5
|Bflat/C|C [G(i think)/A|A]x4 |a/b|b|
sequence was actually taken from the 1st solo of the arrangement
at that time
BBC from time to time show a old clip of Rick playing Arthur or something
on a Rock at the Coast. Eg On Our Tune. Also on our tune was a clip
of Rick Writing. What were these from?
from a BBC program called "Success Stories" in 1976.
It was actually Tintagel
- Stan Amster
- On the
album YESSHOWS. Inside their are 4 photos. Looking at Rick's rig facing
the C-3. To his left their are 2 Minimoogs. WHAT is below the 2 moog?.
They can't be Mellotrons because of the physical size of the Mellotrons.
Or are they?. And below the 2 mystery keyboards is a Yahama CP-70
Electronic Piano?. Then on the right there is the Steinway. Above
that is a RMI KC-2. What is sitting on top of the RMI besides a cup
of beer?. I figured out that the keyboard on the top, left, is a Birotron
with the controller for the moog pedals. [photo to accompany question]
the moogs are Birotrons. The electric piano is a Fender Rhodes.
I've no idea what was on the RMI next to the beer. Probably a
you ever quit smoking?. If so, HOW did you get over the morning smoke(s)?
was smoking 40 Embassy a day, then down to 30 cigars a day. On
tour in the USA in 1979, October I think, I was staying at a friend's
house and I woke up with the usual morning hack. I thought to
myself, "Why am I doing this?". I haven't smoked since
and didn't need anything to get over the mornings.
- Graham Johnson
are the 2 new trilogies are supposed to be released?
the deal with Sattva has not been finalised, so they will hopefully
be released early in 1998. I really want to get them out though,
because I feel very positive about them, even after all this time!
- Brian Neeson
anyone know Rick's take on the "written by" credits for
this and the other GFTO tracks? Rick was originally hired as a session
musician for this album, and I believe Moraz likes to claim some of
the arrangement credits for keyboards, although his name is not on
name isn't on the cover for a simple reason. I'll leave you to
work out what that reason is...
- David Sherwood
owns the copyright on the old stuff (6 wives, Arthur etc.)?
betweeen Rondor and Palin Music
- I would
like to know if Rick is a fan of Dr. Who, or if the scarf he wore
in the picture for Going for the One (I believe, offhand I'm not sure-
it's the one with the naked guy standing in front of a bunch of skyscrapers)or
if it just happened to resemble the 4th Doctor's and was not done
intentionally? Also, if the picture was an intentional reference to
Dr. Who, could you ask him if I could put it on my webpage (which
features Dr. Who music and lists several songs from popular groups
that have Dr. Who references.) If you want to check the site out,
its at www.geocities.com/area51/cavern/8232
I am a big fan of Doctor Who - but the scarf is co-incidence I'm
afraid. I can see your point though - it wasn't intended.
Rick have plans to tour outside the UK in the near future?? Hopefully
in the US?
appreciate that you're probably all getting sick of hearing this,
but it's down to finance. Unless I can get a promoter to "actively"
promote a tour AND provide cast iron financial guarantees (underwritten
in blood), then I just can't take the chance. Please don't think
that I don't want to though. I've just been let down too many
Rick plan on recording a new studio album with Adam anytime in the
forseeable future? Maybe some Renaissance period music?? or maybe
very proud of Adam, and he currently has plans for a busy future.
We're really enjoying playing together live at the moment and
we enjoy recording together, but with both of our schedules it
seems unlikely that we'll be able to record in the foreseeable
future. That's not to say that we won't in the future.
does Rick like to listen to outside of his own work and that of his
sons (and Nina!)??
listen to mainly choral music, then East European, and of course
Prokoffiev. When travelling in the car, I mainly listen to Talk
Radio and Radio 4.
are his impressions of playing smaller venues?? I mean things like
the intimacy with the audience, the reduced logistics involved with
touring with a smaller entourage and equipment as opposed to that
used for some of these mega staged events, for example - U2, the Stones
love playing smaller venues, hence the current tour and the piano
tours. They're more of a challenge - you can't hide behind lights
and massive sound systems. The audience hears every note, so they've
got to be right. I also get a better rapport with the audience
of course. Sure, you get a buzz from big venues, but on the whole
give me smaller gigs any day.
Rick ever been approached to play a musician in a guest spot on a
TV show?? Something where he could play a couple songs, at least!!
He'd be perfect for an episode or 2 of Star Trek!! (you know, Starship
once played a piano player in the Hale and Pace Show (UK comedy
double act). It was a skit on Casablanca and I was playing in
- Thomas E
is Rick's favorite song that he wrote?
is Rick's favorite song?
is Rick's favorite LP?
going to have to be evasive here. I often get asked this, but
I just couldn't pick. Obviously some pieces are special for different
reasons, mainly because of the way they affect me. For this reason,
Gone But Not Forgotten is special.
- Bill Watkins
Rick work with,sing in, arrange music for the choir at his church?
I don't - Howard does a good enough job without me. He should
really be a professional musician.
he or his wife teach a Sunday School class?
we don't, mainly because that sort of thing requires a committment,
and with our schedule it wouldn't be fair.
- I have
read his favorite prayer, but would be interested to know his favorite
verse or passage?
Ch 8 VV1-8 (this chap/verse may be incorrect, I'm checking - Wayne)
- I noted
after purchasing 'Country Airs' a similarity between the piano line
used in "Quiet Valleys" as being the same melody line in
the piano/string opening to the ABWH "The Meeting", but
with small variations. Is it meant to be?
no - but curiously there is a link between "The Meeting"
and "Nina" on the Family Album. Both pieces have the
- I know
that Rick likes to play music in a number of different styles. Has
he ever considered doing an album on which he plays one or two pieces
in various styles? One of my favorite classical albums is Pachelbel's
Greatest Hit (singular). It is a collection of the famous Canon in
D played by a number of different groups in different styles and arrangements.
I would love to hear Rick do something like that, perhaps with Merlin
or Catherine Howard, (two of my very favorites ;-) or with anything
that suits him.
an interesting idea, but I'm not sure that it would be commercially
viable, and sadly I can't afford to release things that aren't
these days. I'm not sure that the general public would appreciate
hearing the same thing over and over again, even though you obviously
- Peter Gawlocki
- Is any
of his music available in orchestral score?
he perform with an orchestra, if invited?
of course, subject to the conditions mentioned before.
- Dave Taylor
is Rick going to do another full-on prog ROCK album, like Criminal
would require a major label to be interested, and they aren't.
the lyrics to the Yes song Awaken from GFTO really inspired by the
Christian novels by Calvin Miller, The Singer/The Song/The Finale.
honestly don't know, you'd have to ask Jon
- Is Rick
really going to play guest keyboards on the next Iona album?
to my knowledge - but I'd love to if they asked
there any other really good Christian progressive rock bands that
Hope Records are working with?
certainly interested in various bands, but other projects have
meant that I haven't put as much time into Hope as I would like
at the moment. We're hoping to push it forward in the new year.
there any present or former members of Yes (besides Rick) that are
sympathetic to the Christian viewpoint?
I really don't know, and certainly wouldn't presume to talk about
others personal beliefs. In the same way, I never push my own
beliefs on to anyone else
are Rick's never realized dreams, in the musical field?
record one more epic really. Although if it all ended tomorrow
for any reason, I really couldn't and wouldn't complain. I'd love
to do a remake of King Arthur and the infamous "Return to
the Centre of the Earth". It would be great to get something
released in the 25th anniversary year, but as I said a minute
ago, they need a major label on board.