The latest addition to our current feature album playlist is a real showstopper! It is a new release from a man who has sold over 50 million albums. Aside from records with many groups such as Yes and The Strawbs, Rick Wakeman has released more than 100 albums as a solo artist alone!
Piano Portraits came out in January this years and, upon release, reached number 6 on the UK Albums Chart, becoming Rick’s highest charting album in the UK since 1975. Reaching the Top 10 these days is somewhat meaningless compared to the heady days of the 70s, but be in no doubt that this is truly worthy of success!
The album was made following the positive reception to Rick’s live radio performance of his piano arrangement of “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie following the singer’s death in January 2016. A subsequent single of the track was released in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support later in the year.
After Wakeman received offers from several music labels to produce an album of piano arrangements, he picked Universal. He has chosen a roster of songs that are his favourites or that he has played on as a session musician and as a member of Yes together with some classical pieces and original material. It is good to have the man back really “on form” and he is going to be promoting this new album on a 10-day tour of the UK between May and July of this year.