Orisons (1996)


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#Track TitleLength
1A Wish1m 34s
2An Instrument of your Peace1m 40s
3A Prayer For Creation2m 7s
4A Closing Door2m 46s
5A Prayer For All1m 50s
6Persecution1m 29s
7The Empty Vessel1m 57s
8Silent Prayer4m 39s
9God's Lily1m 29s
10Devotion3m 7s
11Paul's Prayer1m 33s
12Prayers of Prophets3m 3s
13David's Great Prayer3m 2s
14The Lord's Prayer3m 27s
15God's Creatures
16Egyptian Doxology
17Trust1m 14s
18Alone With Him1m 44s
19The Family1m 59s
20The Only God3m 35s
21Thank-you2m 46s
22An Evening Prayer1m 39s
Artist Name Instrument Track (where known)
Rick WakemanKeyboardsAll
David PatonBass1/14
Mary HobdellNarratorAll
Nina WakemanNarratorAll
Ramon RemediosVocals (Tenor)1/14
The Bishop of Sodor & ManNarratorAll
The New Gospels ChoirChoir1/14
Type Cat No. Label Country Other Title
CDHRHCD 003Hope RecordsUK
CassetteHRMC 003Hope RecordsUK
Equipment Studio Engineering
  • Kurzweil
  • Korg
  • Technics
  • Voice Crystal Sound Cards
  • Bajonor Studios, Isle of Man during June 1996
  • Stuart Sawney
Rick's Perspective
This was based around the original prayers and reading on the original Prayers album. It contains background keyboards with the spoken word by my ex-wife. Therefore it will not be re-pressed when current stocks have run out!
Wakey's Verdict
I liked it at the time!!!
Little Known Trivia
Orisons is an old English word for prayers.

Andy Long on 2nd April 2003 [Other reviews]

To paraphrase the infamous office poster : you don't have to be a Christian to enjoy this - but it helps! Orisons draws heavily on the previous album 'Prayers' and opens with the beautiful 'A Wish' from 'The New Gospels'. The title itself is actually an old English term meaning 'Prayers' and, like the aforementioned release, 'Orisons' brings together a collection of prayers, some from The Bible, others from great theologians like Martin Luther and Francis of Assissi and even one by Rick's Great Grandfather. All are set to appropriately ambient music and are narrated by Nina, Mary Hobdell and the Bishop of Sodor and Man. Like it's partner album 'The Word And Music' this is going to appeal mainly to Rick's Christian fanbase but I think that it's meditative quality would be enjoyed by fans of some of his new age stuff too.