The Word and Music (1996)

The Word and Music

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#Track TitleLength
1The Story of Noah08:30
2The Birth of Moses05:07
3The Fiery Furnace07:46
4The Lion's Den06:30
8Gideon's Army14:16
Artist Name Instrument Track (where known)
Rick WakemanKeyboardsAll
Nina WakemanNarratorAll
Type Cat No. Label Country Other Title
CDHRHCD 002Hope RecordsUK
CassetteHRMC 002Hope 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 a sort of spin off from the Prayers album but had additional religious music and saying as well as a few songs. In retrospect I should have lumped this together with Orisons to make a double package.
Wakey's Verdict
The idea was right but perhaps the execution not quite would it could have been.
Little Known Trivia
There is a poem on the album written for my mother more than 70 years ago and was recited by my ex wife and it was not until after the pressing had been done that I realised that she had got one very important line wrong. It will be re-recorded one day with a different voice and the right words!

Andy Long on 17th April 2003 [Other reviews]

If 'Orisons' draws heavily on 'Prayers' then this album draws similarly on 'In The Beginning'. Like it's sister album 'The Word And Music' has a meditative quality that will immediately appeal to those with a leaning towards the spiritual side of life. In this instance the narrations are all Bible Readings, read by Nina. For the Bible Scholar out there, they are taken from the Cambridge Daily Reading Bible, which means that they are well suited to reading aloud The subject matter deals with well-known character, Moses, Noah, Daniel etc and the setting of these tales against the backdrop of Rick's subtle yet effective keyboard work makes this a compelling listen, As I believe both 'Prayers' and 'In The Beginning' are now deleted these two albums are excellent value for just a fiver each.