Morning Has Broken (2000)

Morning Has Broken

#Track TitleLength
1Now Thank We All Our Lord4m 6s
2There Is A Green Hill Far Away3m 46s
3Glad That I Live Am I3m 25s
4All Things Bright And Beautiful4m 4s
5Jesu, Lover Of My Soul3m 18s
6Jerusalem3m 34s
7O Come, O Come, Emmanuel5m 54s
8All People That On Earth Do Dwell3m 18s
9I Vow To Thee, My Country3m 3s
10Hills Of The North, Rejoice3m 23s
11When I Survey The Wondrous Cross3m 22s
12Morning Has Broken3m 25s
13Abide With Me4m 7s
14The Day Thou Gavest3m 46s
Artist Name Instrument Track (where known)
Rick WakemanKeyboardsAll
Type Cat No. Label Country Other Title
CD1490055Kevin MayhewWorldwide
Equipment Studio Engineering
  • No info
  • Bajonor Studio, IoM during Apr-May 2000
  • Stuart Sawney
Rick's Perspective
This was a gentle album of hymns played on the piano and in the same style as Christmas Variations. I think this as an album worth having if you have a faith and want something a little different in your collection.
Wakey's Verdict
I like it!
Little Known Trivia
Sadly it has hardly sold anything!!

Andy Long on 21st February 2003 [Other reviews]

In the tradition of his more classical works Wakeman has recorded this collection of traditional hymns in inspiring instrumental arrangements. It has taken him eight years from the initial concept to the finished album and the time and effort that Rick has put into the pieces gives this collection a feeling of commitment from the heart. Rick says this is 'one of the most satisfying recordings I have ever made' and as you listen to his variations on the traditional melodies you will begin to see the joy that this work gave him. Obvious inclusions had to be the version of 'Morning Has Broken' that Rick originally recorded with Cat Stevens and the current concert favourite 'The Day Thou gavest Lord Has Ended'. The album also brings together tunes that all will be familiar with, whether from a religious background or not. 'All Things Bright And Beautiful', 'Jerusalem' and 'Abide With Me' are amongst the well-known titles. Rick has recorded the melodies mainly on piano with a keyboard accompaniment. Fans of Rick's rock output might be surprised at the volume of classical, spiritual and ambient material he has released, as a visit to his website will reveal. 'Morning Has Broken' is a great introduction to another side of the rock legend. 9/10

Russ Parrish on 29th March 2001 [Other reviews]

This album is a masterpiece. Rick has chosen 14 of his favourite hymns, and what good choices. One normally associates such tunes with an air of simplicity, however Rick works his magic well and weaves his subtle intricacies throughout. Piano is the main instrument and this is a perfect addition to the "Christmas Variations" album. A timeless selection including "Morning has Broken" which can really be claimed as "Rick’s own" piece.