Live at Hammersmith (1985)
Album Artwork
Track List
Title Length
1 Arthur 13' 5"
2 Three Wives 16' 51"
3 Journey 21' 56"
4 Merlin 7' 41"
Artist List
Name Instrument
Rick Wakeman Keyboards
Chas Cronk Bass/Backing Vocals
Gordon Neville Lead Vocals/Percussion
Rick Fenn Guitar/Backing Vocals
Tony Fernandez Drums
Catalogue
Type Cat No. Label Country
CD RWCD02 President UK
Vinyl LP RW2 President UK
Cassette RWK02 President UK
Miscellaneous Information
Equipment Studio Engineering
• Hammersmith Odeon live on 9th May 1985 • John Acock (Mixing)
• Denis Blackham (Mastering)
Rick's Perspective
Notes
A pretty half decent live album in as much as it as least an honest appraisal of how my live performances were at that time. Not much else to say about it really. I thought the cover was dreadful when I first saw it, but after all these years I have warmed a little to it's "dreadfulness"!
Wakey's Verdict
If you collect live albums in order to compare how the different pieces have changed over the years, then this is a must.
Little Known Trivia
There was a power failure during the show and so I walked to the front and told jokes for 45 minutes. At the end of the show I was told that I had to pay a penalty for going into overtime. I protested that it was not my fault because of the power failure and in fact I had done pretty well by telling gags for almost an hour. I was then politely told that the power was actually put back on after 3 minutes but I had carried on doing a stand up act regardless. I paid the fine
Reviews

Reniet Ramirez on 12/04/2000 [Other reviews by Reniet Ramirez ]

I really love when Rick plays with a whole band with electric guitars and everything. This is a perfect album if you want to hear him rockin' in full speed. The guitar solos are very, very good. Try "Three Wives" first, to taste it.


Ben Jordan on 27/07/1999 [Other reviews by Ben Jordan ]

Here you will find out what Rick's classic works sounded like in 1985, as played to a live audience. Represented is a medley from the King Arthur album, 6 Wives Of Henry VIII, and a very watered-down version of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, all usin


Alvaro Gallegos on 13/12/1998 [Other reviews by Alvaro Gallegos ]

A simple and very good live recording. Its repertoire is not varied because only features excerpts from his three most popular works. The "Arthur" excerpts are the best of the album. "Journey" doesn't sound very well, this version a little unexciting. If you want to buy one of his live CD's: I recommend you this one.


Mats Landstrom on 20/10/1997 [Other reviews by Mats Landstrom ]

Basically "stripped down to rock band medleys" of the classics from the first 3 albums. Same musicians as on Silent Night. The sound is quite weak and I don't like the singer.