Country Airs (Original) (1986)
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|This was an album I never wanted to do. In truth at the time I desperately needed the money. Times were really difficult and sales of my albums had hit rock bottom. I was offered £5,000 to make a "new age" piano album and so I went for some long walks in the country and came up with the music. I recorded it over two days at a cost of £2,000 and kept the balance to pay off some very pressing bills. Overall, the music turned out to be pretty half decent and I enjoyed the experience of making a solo piano album.|
|The first of the "piano" albums, so collectable if you can find the original.|
|Little Known Trivia|
|The only real live performance of the album actually took place in Japan and a bootleg recording actually exists of part of the show....and I have it.|
Matt Parish on 30th October 2019 [Other reviews]
Imagine being on a picnic by a stream near a forest and closing your eyes to hear the wonderous nature around you. This is the soundtrack to such a day. Simply B-ambi-ent...
Robert Nancarrow on 26th May 2013 [Other reviews]
I was surprised to note Rick's comment that this wasn't an album that he wanted to record. On hearing it, on its release in 1986, I was overwhelmed by its lightness of touch and its ability to evoke vivid images. In some senses, it seemed a particularly mature undertaking and demonstrated Rick's undoubted talent as a musician and composer.
Kevin M on 28th April 2013 [Other reviews]
I found the CD used at a music store for $1. This is one of the best 'New Age' style piano CD's I have ever heard. Amazing!
Criag on 22nd February 2010 [Other reviews]
As someone who was in the habit of buying all things "YES" when this album came out, the music on it came as a complete surprise. To this day, it is one of my absolute favourite CDs. I was very confused however, when I was upgrading from my original cassette to CD. It seems retailers were also confused, as I was sold the new version in the original cover. I had no idea it had been re-recorded and to my mind the original is far superior.