Tribute (1997)


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#Track TitleLength
1Norwegian Wood05:52
2You've Got To Hide Your Love Away07:22
3The Fool On The Hill05:17
4Eleanor Rigby08:04
5Come Together04:17
6While My Guitar Gently Weeps06:06
7We Can Work It Out05:59
8The Help Trilogy04:46
9Things We Said Today03:56
11She's Leaving Home05:13
Artist Name Instrument Track (where known)
Rick WakemanKeyboardsAll
Fraser Thorneycroft-SmithGuitarAll
Phil LaughlinBassAll
Stuart SawneyPercussion ProgrammingAll
Type Cat No. Label Country Other Title
Equipment Studio Engineering
  • Korg
  • Kurzweil
  • ART effects
  • Voice Crystal sound cards
  • Matrix amplification
  • Celestion monitors
  • Vestax hard disk recording
  • Bajonor Studios, Isle of Man
  • During Aug 1996-Jan 1997
  • Stuart Sawney
Rick's Perspective
This came about because of Eleanor Rigby which a private company asked me to record along with other Beatle's classics. Some of the tracks really worked but Eleanor Rigby didn't! I have yet to get a definitive recording of my version of this piece that I am happy with!!
Wakey's Verdict
Worth having just for "Help"!!!
Little Known Trivia
A copy was sent to Paul McCartney of whom I am a huge fan. There was never any acknowledgement that he received it so to this day I don't know whether he liked the CD or not!

Alvaro Gallegos on 11th May 2000 [Other reviews]

A very fun record!! Rick treats this well-known songs like if they were his owns. Its sound is not complex. Accompanied by suberb guitarist Fraser Thorneycroft-Smith, the themes and their variations get a very special effect, it's not like to hear these famous tunes one more time but to hear them refreshned. Rick plays like always, including Mini Moogs and Piano to draw the main melodies. Even Stuart Sawney's electronic drums sound very nice here. A great album to hear, specially "Blackbird", "Help", "Norwegian Wood" & "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

Downeast Bruce on 15th February 1998 [Other reviews]

An absolutely wonderful CD! Rick covers some of the Beatles best songs in his own unique style. Some of the tracks are downright upbeat and quite energetic, while other selections are mellowed very sweetly. "Eleanor Rigby" and "While My Guitar Gently W

Joost Warners on 11th December 1997 [Other reviews]

An album full of Beatles covers, but not in the usual way. Inspired by the well known Prokofiev version of Eleanor Rigby, many other well known Beatles tracks are made hardly recognizable by the notorious Wakeman treatment. Styles on this album range from very quiet to about as uptempo as it will get on any of Rick's albums. A great variety of sounds are used, including the plastic sounds many people despise so much, but also moogs and organs, and there's some great guitar work by Fraser Thorneycroft-Smith. This album seems to give a nice overview of Rick's nineties sound.