We'll do our best to categorise these changes throughout this newsletter, but as there is a certain amount of cross collateral between the areas you may have to do some cross referencing yourselves!
Crimes of Passion is now at long last available on CD, with an additional track from Maggie Bell thrown in for good measure.
African Bach is being prepared for pressing, and so hopefully before too long, everything will be available!
For the really insane amongst you who like to collect everything, Rick's track Thoughts of Love is now part of a K-TEL CD entitled Highlights of Silent Dreams. It is available only in Germany, but if you want one then please contact K-TEL direct at K-TEL international (Switzerland).
Rick is completing recording of what he describes as his first serious classically orientated piano work.
It is entitled The Heritage Suite and is being recorded at the finest known classical recording studio at Guildford University with the highly acclaimed engineer, Ken Blair.
Ken is the same engineer that Rick used to record the Marina Milic classical albums, which incidentally are due for release in early April.
The Heritage Suite is written in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century European style of composition and is in fact so difficult to play Rick has had to do some serious practise. One piece in particular took over three hours to record!
There are twelve pieces in all, with the total running time extending to around the fifty minute mark.
The recording has been done on a sixth month old Steinway concert grand, which should certainly please all the purists out there.
The release date is initially planned to coincide with a concert performance at the Museum Theatre on the island at the end of April - the Heritage Trust are also producing a full colour, A4 style glossy booklet that can be bought as a limited edition to accompany the CD. We will certainly have some here exclusively for RWCC members.
During the last week of February, Adam flew to London for a photo session for the front cover. Whilst in London he also discovered much of the night life of the area and at the end of the week was, to use a well worn musical expression "completely shagged out".
Adam now wants to live in London.
Soliloquy was also mastered and cut at Abbey Road. The album consists of fifty minutes worth of Adam's compositions with him singing and performing on every track. He used top session players on backing vocals, guitars, bass and percussion which included the now infamous Greasy Wop (Tony Fernandez).
Following the European tour, Adam will be touring the radio stations of the UK for a couple of weeks doing promotion, so keep an ear out in your area and try and catch him on the air.
Adam has also signed an exclusive publishing deal for two years with Edward Kassner music. Publicity photos have all been taken at President's offices. Would you believe by Tony Fernandez's nephew, Jimmy (lovingly known as mini Wop).
Adam will be forming a band in May and hopes to do some club dates in order to prepare for the Wakeman with Wakeman tour at the end of the year in which he will open the show with his band, Rick will do the second half and then the pair of them will combine for a "third" half to finish proceedings off.
Rick is under no illusions that it is going to be a very difficult tour with small audiences, many of whom will not have seen him play before. It undoubtedly will make a loss but this is tempered with the hope that it is preparing a touring market for the future.
The tour is being done very much on a shoestring budget with everyone doubling up on jobs.
Whilst this list is not complete, it does contain the majority of the shows already booked.
Brian now acts exclusively for Rick and is currently renegotiating Rick's entire musical situation.
The two have been friends for quite some time and belong to the same mutual admiration society and so agreement was reached with no difficulty at all as regarding musical content and other possible musician involvement.
Rick is looking forward to this recording and touring project immensely which should see the light of day early 1994 which is not that far away.
Rick and Bob have been good friends for many years now and Rick thoroughly enjoyed chatting away in a nice informal manner.
The same day, Rick pre-recorded an interview for 1FM about the life of David Bowie. Rick rambled away for hours, but you can rest assured that will be whittled down to minutes by the time the programme goes out!
Apparently no decision has been made as yet as to release in other countries but it is hoped that it will not be too long after the UK release.
Most of you are probably aware that all the royalties from sales go to the Christian charity "ASSIST" of which Rick is a strong supporter.
Jemma takes her grade one piano exam the second week of March.
Rick's first golf tournament of the year is at Chester in the British Airways Open on March 4th. Adam is also playing in the same tournament.
The Rosser and Davies album will be completed during April and released in early summer - they have just signed up for a six week pantomime this Christmas.
Rick has resigned as chairman of the Isle of Man branch of the Lord's Taverners due to pressure of work, but remains a member.
Some of you may have spotted the television cameras picking up Rick in three recent football matches. Millwall against Brentford, Queens Park Rangers against Manchester United and England against San Marino.
Projects to do include completing the Rosser and Davies album and the Wakeman plays YES for Tring international.
The next few months will be made up of recording and hopefully touring. The countries on offer at the moment are South Africa and South America with Japan also in there as a strong possibility.
The other recording projects that Rick wants to do this year include a re-recording of The Gospels, another "classical" piano suite as well as a synthesiser/classical choir recording.
If all things went well as regards The Heritage Suite, then Rick would love to tour the very small one hundred seater classical type theatres and perform the work just on a grand piano.
Plans are still going ahead for a sequel of Journey to the Centre of the Earth, both for recording and performing and once the initial funding arrives, (from where, we know not yet) everything will be geared towards this project.
finally we must thank all of you who wrote such lovely letters to us about the Wakeman with Wakeman tour. Adam especially is still ploughing through his ever increasing mail, (mostly from the opposite sex)!
If any of you happen to be holidaying during the European epic tour and are able to catch a show, please say hello to the lads as they do get very homesick and none of them are particularly fluent in English let alone a foreign language!