Label: A&M Records - SP-69859 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Prog Rock
It is an instrumental progressive rock album with its concept based on his interpretations of the musical characteristics of the wives of Henry VIII. As he read a book about the subject on his travels, melodies he had written the previous year came to him and were noted down. Musicians from Yes and from Strawbsthe group Wakeman was in prior to Yes, also play on the album.
It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Sou Só - Solange - Solange of America in for overcopies sold in the United States.
The tracks were rearranged with sections, including a track dedicated to Henry himself, that were left off the original album due to the limited time available on a single record. In AugustRick Wakeman joined the progressive rock band Yes as a replacement for their original keyboardist Tony Kaye. Wakeman chose it after the label asked him what he would want as a present and remembered he had seen the car in the building's parking lot.
Wakeman was disappointed with his playing early on in the Fragile Tour, so he used his solo album as a way of cheering himself up.
He assembled some rough ideas onto a tape but upon playback, he thought they had lacked any strong direction. I would concentrate on one of the wives and then music just came into my head and I would write it down. Sometimes I was flying, other times I was on stage, or just in front of the piano at home The six wives theme gave me the thread, the link, I needed to give me Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives Of Henry VIII reason for putting these pieces of music together.
Although the style may not always be in keeping with their individual history, it is my personal conception of their characters in relation to keyboard instruments. Recording took place in London at Morgan and Trident Studios between February and October during gaps in recording and touring with Yes. It was to be named Henry VIII and His Six Wives with a track dedicated for Henry himself, but Wakeman had recorded the tracks on the wives first and used up the available space on a vinyl record.
He decided to leave the Henry track and rename the album accordingly. Wakeman described working on it as "difficult and cumbersome", but said the project was eventually a rewarding one. After the album was played in the office, Wakeman "sensed that something was not right in the room. There was pretty much silence Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives Of Henry VIII it finished".
To make matters worse, Wakeman recalled the head of the label's UK division felt the album would be too difficult to sell, and another attendee estimated that around 50, copies had to be sold to become profitable.
The album's cover photograph was taken at the Madame Tussauds Behind My Back - Beats The Hell Out Of Me - Beats The Hell Out Of Me museum in London, where a figure of Richard Nixon can be seen in the background as the curtain was not fully closed.
The basis of "Catherine of Aragon" was originally a piece that Wakeman wrote for Fragile with a working title of "Handle with Care". Its title came about as staff at Trident Studios recommended the tape's storage box be labelled something misleading to lower the risk of theft and the tapes being sold as bootlegs.
The box that had the song's tape in had a label that read "Handle with care for the Joe Loss Orchestra", which Wakeman took and adapted for the track's title.
We were going through it part by part and I couldn't see how all the parts were going to match up. It was all stored in his head. Wakeman describes "Anne of Cleves" as a "rather free-form" track, "almost having no form at all, there was a contradiction in what everyone was playing. The guys in the band thought I was completely barking, but it had to be like that. While recording "Anne Boleyn", a dream Wakeman had about attending her execution caused him to include a version of " St.
Hopkins is credited on the album, the piece is generally attributed to Reverend Clement Scholefield. Wakeman brought along Cronk and Cousins to play the additional parts. Prior to recording they got drunk in the studio bar. Wakeman recalled: "It seems most of them, rather than watch repeats, switched over to Whistle Test and saw my preview of 'Henry' Following the album's release on 23 January it topped the album charts in four countries.
By Julythe album had soldcopies. The album received a mixed reaction from music critics upon release. Though the album was seen by some as one of the worst examples of the progressive rock genre,  the record was well received by others.
Time magazine named it one of the best pop albums of describing the album as "an astonishing classic-rock hybrid". Apple noticed "a brilliant feel for tasteful impressionistic composition", having made "an exceptionally interesting instrumental album with superb production".
He also praised the production and mixing, and picked "Catherine Howard" as the album's best track. Barsocchini, who thought the album is "something just short of amazing" and "a supremely textured work which transcends most of the finest keyboard work being done in pop music today". Excerpts from the album were first performed during Wakeman's solo spots on Yes's Fragile Tour from — Rick Wakeman .
InWakeman wrote a letter asking to perform the album live at Hampton Court Palace. He was denied permission, and "got the impression that what Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives Of Henry VIII had asked was tantamount to treason". A stage was constructed outside the main palace entrance to seat 5, people. All tracks written by Wakeman. Clement Cotteril Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives Of Henry VIII arr.
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