Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rick Wakeman Releasing New Compilation Featuring Steve Hillage, Nik Turner, Steve Howe, William Shatner and Others

This Friday (April 15), Purple Pyramid records will be releasing a new collection of performances by legendary Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. For more than four decades, Wakeman has established himself as a visionary showman without peer, the creator of some of the most extravagant performances, breathtaking soloing and imaginative passages ever preserved on record, or executed on stage.

Aptly titled Starship Trooper, this amazing collection contains 2 previously unreleased tracks including a powerful rendition of Tool's Sober plus several more brilliant cover songs of The Who, Pink Floyd, and The Doors including 5 never before heard versions! The compilation also includes performances by Gong’s Steve Hillage, Yes's Billy Sherwood, Steve Howe and Tony Kaye, William Shatner, Colin Moulding, Jerry Goodman, Nik Turner, Carmine Appice and more!

"Over the last few years I have performed on many tracks as a 'guest' but never before has anybody put some of the best of those I played on into a compilation. It's always challenging to be involved in tracks of other people's music and other people's arrangements as it often makes you think and play differently and certainly on many of these tracks I play in quite an unexpected way, but there again, much of my life has been pretty unexpected anyway!"

The liner notes were written by modern rock scholar Dave Thompson, who says of Rick Wakeman, "This most personable of superstars has made inroads into the worlds of journalism, broadcasting and acting - professions which his eye for spectacle, story telling and stylishness might well have made inevitable all along. But he also happens to be among the most gifted, visionary and brilliant performers his chosen instruments have seen."

Track List:

  • Sober
  • Are We To Believe
  • Random Acts (Revisited)
  • Dynamics Of Delirium
  • Love Reign O'er Me
  • Crime Of The Century
  • The Great Gig In The Sky
  • I'm Not in Love
  • Starship Trooper
  • Check Point Karma
  • Change
  • Nobody Home
  • Light My Fire