The New Gospels (1996)
Album Artwork
Track List
Title Length
1 Galilee 11' 41"
2 The Word ' "
3 Power ' "
4 The Gift 10' 22"
5 The Magnificat ' "
6 The Welcoming 10' 34"
7 Welcome a Star ' "
8 The Way 8' 46"
9 The Baptism ' "
10 Tempt Him 4' 24"
11 The Sermon on the Mount 8' 7"
12 The Lord's Prayer 3' 30"
13 The Road to Jerusalem 6' 43"
14 Trail and Error 7' 35"
15 Await The Hour 5' 24"
16 The Cross 5' 16"
17 Children of Mine 15' 3"
18 The Last Verse ' "
Artist List
Name Instrument
Rick Wakeman Keyboards
David Paton Bass
Garfield Morgan Narration
Ramon Remedios Vocals (Tenor)
The New Gospels Choir Choir
Catalogue
Type Cat No. Label Country
CD HRHCD001 Hope Records UK
Cassette HRHC001 Hope Records UK
Miscellaneous Information
Equipment Studio Engineering
• Korg
• Kurzweil
• Sound Crystal Sound Cards
• Octava Microphones
• Bajonor Studios, Isle of Man May-Jun 1995
• Strathbrook Parish Church (Choir)
• Stuart Sawney
Rick's Perspective
Notes
Almost there with this one!!! I'm very proud of this work although I would still like to redo the choir. It really needs a huge 90 piece choir if the truth be known. I would also like to do a couple of little rewrites and there are two more pieces I would like to add....will it never end as regards this oratorio I ask myself? I would also like to perform it with a full orchestra....dream on Wakey!!!!!
Wakey's Verdict
If you're not sure, try and catch a live performance. That should sway you hopefully!
Little Known Trivia
The re-write first came about at the request of the late Roy Castle who wanted me to perform it in Liverpool Cathedral for his Roy Castle Lung cancer Charity. I finished the re-write with one day to spare.
Reviews

Peter Kistemaker on 12/07/2000 [Other reviews by Peter Kistemaker ]

Oh boy, was I dissapointed after receiving both the video and the CD. High expectations after reading his book "Say Yes" drove me to buy this work of Rick Wakeman, but after 5 minutes my expectations decended to a new low record. With the rock opera Jesus


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

I think this is a great album - I should make it clear from the start that I am a Christian which perhaps makes me biased. Because of my beliefs I love the message that the music is giving. However on a purely musical level, it rates very highly also. The outstanding track for me is "Children of Mine" which musically has a Tubular Bells feel. The narrated passage telling the story of the two apostles meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus gives me goose-bumps every time I listen to it. The one small criticism I have of the album is the occasional excessive amount of vibrato in Ramon Remedios's voice - whose is otherwise excellent. Interestingly when seeing Ramon on Rick's recent church tour I detected no vibrato in his singing.


Joost Warners on 11/12/1997 [Other reviews by Joost Warners ]

This is one of the most beautiful consistent pieces of work delivered by Rick. Or anyone else for that matter. Sure, it is different, but that is what makes it so special! There are stunning melodies, sung by Ramon Remedios, backed with a choir. The keyboard accompaniment is quietly complex and very fitting. Unfortunately, the choir sounds a bit 'thinnish' at times, but once you're used to that.. Enjoy! This version is different from The Gospels in the absence of a drum computer, and the choir parts are much more elaborate. There are also two titles added, and the order of the tracks has been rearranged so as to give the album a more fluent story-line.