Live at Hammersmith (1985)

Live at Hammersmith

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#Track TitleLength
2Three Wives16:51
Artist Name Instrument Track (where known)
Rick WakemanKeyboardsAll
Chas CronkBass/Backing VocalsAll
Gordon NevilleLead Vocals/PercussionAll
Rick FennGuitar/Backing VocalsAll
Tony FernandezDrumsAll
Type Cat No. Label Country Other Title
Vinyl LPRW2PresidentUK
Equipment Studio Engineering
  • No info
  • Hammersmith Odeon live on 9th May 1985
  • >John Acock (Mixing)
  • Denis Blackham (Mastering)
Rick's Perspective
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

Bruce Treadwell on 19th June 2020 [Other reviews]

Wow, it's 2020 and I gain even more respect for this album over the years, it's from a 1985 performance. What a great capture of the voices Rick was using in the early to mid 80s. To me, this is a hidden gem amongst his vast catalogue. If you come across a copy, buy it, you will thank me later. I actually have a mint vinyl copy, which I treasure. My favorite track - The Three Wives, a 16+ minute medly that's so rich!

Reniet Ramirez on 12th April 2000 [Other reviews]

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 27th July 1999 [Other reviews]

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 13th December 1998 [Other reviews]

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 20th October 1997 [Other reviews]

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.