The Seven Wonders of the World (1995)
Album Artwork
Track List
Title Length
1 Pharos of Alexandria Intro 0' 43"
2 Pharos of Alexandria 9' 40"
3 Colossus of Rhodes (I) 0' 43"
4 Colossus of Rhodes 7' 4"
5 Pyramids of Egypt (I) 0' 38"
6 Pyramids of Egypt 6' 30"
7 Hanging Gardens of Babylon (I) 0' 53"
8 Hanging Gardens of Babylon 5' 10"
9 Temple of Artemis (I) 0' 58"
10 Temple of Artemis 6' 27"
11 Statue of Zeus (I) 0' 47"
12 Statue of Zeus 5' 36"
13 Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (I) 0' 42"
14 Mausoleum at Halicarnassus 11' 12"
Artist List
Name Instrument
Rick Wakeman Keyboards
Garfield Morgan Narration
Stuart Sawney Percussion Programming
Catalogue
Type Cat No. Label Country
CD RWCD27 President UK
Miscellaneous Information
Equipment Studio Engineering
• Stuart Sawney
Rick's Perspective
Notes
I really like a lot of this album as there is some really good all round playing and some nice thematic melodies and solos. The problem was that I always knew it was never going to get any airplay or publicity and so sadly I had to watch it fail to become the 8th wonder of the world.
Wakey's Verdict
One of the best of the instrumental prog rock albums that I have produced. Well worth a listen.
Little Known Trivia
The idea for an album with this title was first decided upon in the 1970's and indeed in my racehorse ownership days, there was indeed a race named after the title. The Seven Wonders of the World Handicap Hurdle, which sadly never happened on the day because of a frozen course!!!
Reviews

Brandon Cohen on 21/09/2000 [Other reviews by Brandon Cohen ]

Hi I am Brandon I am an almost 12 year old boy. This particular album helped me in 3 projects for school. I got an A+ on each. I put on a song while I presented it to the class, they were all blown away because they listen to Eminem and all this other crud. Thanks Rick


Julian Simpson on 23/07/1999 [Other reviews by Julian Simpson ]

Encouraged to buy this album based upon some of the reviews on this website, I have to admit to being disappointed. Except for the notable exceptions of the first (The Pharos of Alexandria) and the last (The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus) I find the rest somewhat bland. The two aforementioned tracks hold my interest due to the variety of instrumentation and occasional mood changes. The other pieces of music are all rather one paced - they are too long for that - and seem to wash over me.


Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen on 20/01/1999 [Other reviews by Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen ]

I had high hopes with this one, and it is a good and relaxing album, but it is not among Rick's best work. But it is good. The return of a narrator gave me hopes of hearing something like "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", and I suppose it was unwise to raise that kind of expectations. But apart from this not being able to match his early work, it still is an album I quite enjoy, especially "The Hanging Gardens of Babylon". The entire album is soft and very synthetic, with no trace of piano. This fact makes it sound like a softer version of "Zodiaque", but with narration. Like "Zodiaque", it also has a marked Jean-Michel Jarre feel to it.


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

Wonderful! Instrumental except for the narration at the beginning of each piece describing the 7 ancient wonders of the world. This is in the same class as 70s works like Criminal Record or Six Wives only with a more modern sound. The arrangements chosen are so beautiful and each tune really has its own character. Some are soft and laid back and others powerful and full of musical climaxes. I wish Rick makes more of this kind.


Denilson Neves Rampin on 23/06/1997 [Other reviews by Denilson Neves Rampin ]

Rick has always been a versatile composer, especially concerning History. In the CD, the Seven Wonders are told through the keyboard. He creates an involving atmosphere and an unique stile to reveal the greatness of each one of the past great wonders. Special attention to the short narrative by the actor Garfield Morgan that preceeds each track, reminding us the times of "Journey to the Centre of the Earth".