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THE NEW CONCEPT ALBUM FROM THE KEYBOARD LEGEND – LIMITED EDITION CD+DVD
Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman releases his new concept album ‘A Gallery Of The Imagination’ on 24th
February 2023 via Madfish
The conception of the album began at the age of five. Rick’s childhood piano teacher, Mrs Symes, taught him
that musicians with instruments are like an artist with paint; something that Rick carried through his life,
creating sonic paintings through his composition.
Wakeman says: “One of my great loves is going to museums & art galleries & seeing all the different types of
art, so I thought, why not a music gallery ?… A Gallery Of The Imagination ? People can paint their own mind
pictures to the different types of music that are on the album. It is very diverse & for me it works very well
because the concept holds it all together”.
Just as you might find a vast array of styles in an art gallery, Wakeman presents a plethora of musical
aesthetics throughout the record. Inspired by the menagerie he created; Rick recalled the advice of his beloved
teacher & has presented these tracks as pictures in a gallery; A Gallery Of The Imagination. Amongst the many
clear prog influences & soaring Moog solos, Wakeman treats the ears to two solo piano numbers, which reflect
Rick’s classical roots & his love of the romantic period. On the other eight unconventional vocal tracks, Rick
showcases the distinctive descriptive music carefully around the poetic lyrics.
"It is a very tactile album” Rick explains. “I’d like to feel that people can actually touch the music.” - fans are
encouraged to create their own artworks inspired by the music, which one day Rick hopes to be displayed.
The line-up on 'A Gallery Of The Imagination' - as with Rick's previous album 'The Red Planet' - features The
English Rock Ensemble: bassist Lee Pomeroy, guitarist Dave Colquhoun, drummer Ash Soan & on vocals Hayley
Sanderson, famous for her work as a vocalist on UK TV Show ‘Strictly Come Dancing.’
This limited edition of the album is presented in a brilliant case with slipcase featuring alternative artwork,
alongside a 16 page booklet plus a 5.1 surround sound mix of the full album on disc two.