Silent Nights (1985)
Album Artwork
Track List
Title Length
1 Tell 'Em All You Know 3' 25"
2 The Opening Line 3' 43"
3 The Opera 6' 25"
4 Man's Best Friend 4' 20"
5 Glory Boys 3' 15"
6 Silent Nights 3' 54"
7 Ghost of a Rock'n'Roll Star 3' 30"
8 The Dancer 3' 15"
9 Elgin Mansions 5' 20"
10 That's Who I Am 4' 15"
Artist List
Name Instrument
Rick Wakeman Keyboards
Catalogue
Type Cat No. Label Country
CD RWCD01 President UK
Vinyl LP RW1 President UK
Cassette RWK01 President UK
Miscellaneous Information
Equipment Studio Engineering
Rick's Perspective
Notes
Written and recorded during what I lovingly refer to as "My Great Unwanted Period", as whatever musically I tried at the time was received with total disinterest by media and press alike! In fact I was so fed up at the time that I even turned half the songs into Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band type of efforts. "Ghost of a Rock and Roll Star" and "The Dancer" being classic examples. Then in contrast there are prog rock tracks such as The Opera and then of course the almost poppy Silent Nights track.Written and recorded during what I lovingly refer to as "My Great Unwanted Period", as whatever musically I tried at the time was received with total disinterest by media and press alike! In fact I was so fed up at the time that I even turned half the songs into Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band type of efforts. "Ghost of a Rock and Roll Star" and "The Dancer" being classic examples. Then in contrast there are prog rock tracks such as The Opera and then of course the almost poppy Silent Nights track. Confused? I was!
Wakey's Verdict
If you want to hear what I was recording when I was somewhat confused as to what direction to go in, then this is the album for you.
Little Known Trivia
The beautiful cloak that I wore on the back cover of the album was borrowed from Liberty's in London especially for the photo shoot. I wish I'd bought it.
Reviews

Aurelio de Moraes on 14/07/2003 [Other reviews by Aurelio de Moraes ]

This is probably the best album Rick composed at the 80īs.He doesnīt uses amazing sounds at the keyboards,but the atmosphere of the songs is very interesting. The most beautiful one is "Manīs best friend", that you can listen and think how you like your dog, if you have one. The style of the album reminds me a lot of Brazilian rock from the 80īs. I just donīt understand why some people doesnīt like this album!


Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen on 08/06/1998 [Other reviews by Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen ]

This album illustrates nicely quite a lot of what I DON'T like about the 80s. It sounds like music left out of "Phantom of the Opera", which Rick desperately tries to turn into rock'n'roll. It is not exactly bad, it is just so extremely typical of the 80s


Mats Landstrom on 24/09/1997 [Other reviews by Mats Landstrom ]

Most songs on this album are quite straightforward melodic rock. Not many classical influences here compared with Rick's other work. Musically unadventurous with a weak production.