The Gospels (1987)

The Gospels

#Track TitleLength
1St Matthew - The Baptism4m 25s
2St Matthew - The Welcoming4m 55s
3St Matthew - The Sermon on the Mount8m 24s
4St Matthew - The Lord's Prayer3m 40s
5St Mark - The Way3m 49s
6St Mark - The Road to Jerusalem6m 28s
7St Mark - Trial and Error8m 0s
8St Mark - Galilee3m 35s
9St Luke - The Gift5m 35s
10St Luke - The Magnificat4m 20s
11St Luke - Welcome a Star5m 7s
12St Luke - Power4m 26s
13St John - The Word2m 48s
14St John - The Hour5m 29s
15St John - The Children of Mine14m 17s
16St John - The Last Verse1m 15s
Artist Name Instrument Track (where known)
Rick WakemanKeyboardsAll
Ramon RemediosVocals (Tenor)All
Robert PowellNarratorAll
The Eton College Chapel ChoirChoirAll
Type Cat No. Label Country Other Title
Vinyl LPSMR729StylusUK
Equipment Studio Engineering
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Rick's Perspective
Why oh why did I let myself agree to making albums on budgets woefully lower than necessary to make a good finished article. This is the worst example of my falling into this trap. I so wanted to record this music but had little or no money to do it with and the end result, although deeply from the heart, is dreadfully recorded and mixed. Thank heavens I was able to rectify it at a later date.
Wakey's Verdict
A bit of Wakeman history and that's about all.
Little Known Trivia
The tenor vocal was recorded on the deck of a boat on the River Thames at Walton in Surrey in the middle of winter!

Paul on 3rd February 2005 [Other reviews]

I found it, at the time, certainly very refreshing as music goes. It was nice to listen to music (an album) that was far away from the run of the mill (rubbish) that the charts were pushing out. From what I remember listening to, I thought it was well thought out as an album and the design of the cover certainly caught my eye!

Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen on 12th October 2000 [Other reviews]

This album is among Rick's best 80s work, and shows us the man thinking big again, like in the mid-70s. The sound is very different though, due to new synthesizer technology and Ramos Remedios' voice. The narration and the choir are both in place, but the orchestra is missing. However, Rick's doing a very decent job, making all the instrumental sounds himself. The music is generally good on this album. All in all, it is a Wakeman album a fan should possess.

Siggi Zielinski on 13th September 1999 [Other reviews]

Contains great singer, very good compositions and ascetic keyboards but the awfully sounding drum-machine makes it sound like a cheap demo recording sometimes. It needs and deserves a re-recording! [Ed - like the New Gospels?]

Levente Toth on 21st April 1997 [Other reviews]

A quite innovative, daring and undeniably successful musical experiment based on the four Gospels. Blending synths, choir, Ramon Remedios' tenor vocals, Robert Powell's tranquil narration, it reflects the mood of a serene church reunion. With well-controlled emotional charge, it passes from moments of inner calm to passages of intense dramatic beauty.