The Piano Tour Live Video (1997)

The Piano Tour Live Video

#Track TitleLength
1Buy A Broom
2Elgin Mansions
3A Glimpse of Heaven
4Space Oddity
5Life on Mars
6And You And I
7Wonderous Stories
8The Meeting
9The Nursery Rhyme Concerto
10Gone But Not Forgotten
11Morning Has Broken
12Eleanor Rigby
13The Lord's Prayer
14The Day Thou Gavest Lord, Hath Ended
Artist Name Instrument Track (where known)
Rick WakemanKeyboardsAll
Type Cat No. Label Country Other Title
Video PALHRV003Hope VisionUK
Equipment Studio Engineering
  • Kurzweil
  • Korg
  • Technics
  • Octava
  • A.R.T.
  • Voice Crystal Sound Cards
  • Celestion
  • Matrix Audio
  • Recorded live at King's Church, Newport, Gwent on 8th Dec 1996
  • Stuart Sawney
  • Nigel Hunter
Rick's Perspective
Recorded in America, this was one of the first solo piano concerts that I ever did and was the inspiration behind many of the future church tours. It was very simple but very true in performance.
Wakey's Verdict
Looks dated now, but still worth a look.
Little Known Trivia
It was the first time I ever played Morning Has Broken as a solo instrumental piece.

Andy Long on 21st February 2003 [Other reviews]

The latest release from Rick Wakeman's Hope Vision is the 100-minute concert video The Piano Tour Live . This release features Rick's concert at the King's Church in Newport on the recent tour in it's entirety. Of course there is already a concert video available, Simply Acoustic (HRV 002), filmed in America. I met Rick at a recent gig in Swansea and asked him why he thought people might want to buy both releases. 'The British tour was very different from The American one,' he explained. 'We've tried to make sure that's reflected in the videos, so there are a lot of different pieces of music on them and different stories too. When I toured in America all the Churches had great P.A. systems and beautiful grand pianos so I played all the pieces on their pianos. Of course it's not like that in Britain, we had to take all our equipment with us so I had the chance to use other keyboards as well.' It is apparent from watching the videos that the presentation is vastly different and that, where there is repetition of material. For instance the two David Bowie pieces, Space Oddity and Life On Mars are arranged for electronic keyboards for the British video, giving them a more atmospheric feel, whereas the piano arrangement is more natural. Both videos contain a selection of Yes material but Simply Acoustic includes some of Rick's better known solo material, Catherine Howard and Merlin The Magician, whilst The Piano Tour Live includes the humorous Nursery Rhyme Concerto, and arrangements of The Lord's Prayer and The Day Thou Gavest Lord Has Ended. The film crew at King's Church have done a very impressive job so each of the videos has it's own merits. 9/10