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Rick Wakeman - Rhapsodies album

Rick Wakeman - Rhapsodies album
  • Performer Rick Wakeman
  • Title Rhapsodies
  • Date of release 1979
  • Country Europe
  • Style Art Rock, Pop Rock, Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock
  • Other formats VOX ADX MIDI WMA AU APE AC3
  • Genre Rock
  • Size MP3 1626 mb
  • Size FLAC 1598 mb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 581

Rhapsodies is a double LP by keyboardist Rick Wakeman, which was released in 1979. It was his last studio release on A&M. Pedra da Gavea" – 4:11. Animal Showdown (Yes We Have No Bananas)" – 2:40 (Wakeman, Frank Silver, Irving Cohn). Rhapsody in Blue" – 5:26 (George Gershwin; arranged by Tony Visconti). Wooly Willy Tango" – 3:24.

Most of Wakeman's albums revolve around a concept; this double album's only concept is of a collection of "rhapsodies," which here seems to mean "enthusiastic and improvisational pieces. The album is instrumental except for the opener, "Pedra de Gavea," where the electronically treated vocals are presumably by Wakeman himself. Most of the pieces are concise for Wakeman, and very lively and bright, with engaging lead parts and well-chosen keyboard sounds (something Wakeman has not always managed).

Rhapsodies ‎(2xLP, Album, Gat). AMLX 68 508. South Africa. Rhapsodies ‎(CD, Album, Num, RE, RM). A&M Records.

Band Name Rick Wakeman. Album Name Rhapsodies. Other productions from Rick Wakeman.

Rick Wakeman's eight album from his solo career since 1971, named Rhapsodies released in 1979 as double album. He is a very versatile keybord player and I mean he can very easy crosses from realy jazzy parts to almost disco beats in only few minutes, even seconds.

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Rhapsodies Tracklist. 1. Pedra da Gavea Lyrics.


A1 Pedra De Gavea
A2 Front Line
A3 Bombay Duck
A4 Animal Showdown (Incorporating Yes We Have No Bananas)
A5 Big Ben
A6 Rhapsody In Blue
A7 Wooly Willy Tango
A8 The Pulse
A9 Swan Lager
B1 March Of The Gladiators
B2 Flacons De Neige
B3 The Flasher
B4 The Palais
B5 Stand By
B6 Sea Horses
B7 Half Holiday
B8 Summertime
B9 Credits

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – A&M Records Ltd.
  • Published By – Rondor Music (London) Ltd.


  • Acoustic Guitar, Engineer, Producer – Tony Visconti
  • Arranged By – Rick Wakeman (tracks: A1 to A4, A5, A7 to A9, B1 to B9), Tony Visconti (tracks: A4)
  • Written-By – D. Heyward* (tracks: B8), Greig* (tracks: B9), G. Gershwin* (tracks: A6, B8), Tchaikovsky* (tracks: A9), R. Wakeman* (tracks: A1 to A5, A7 , A8, B1 to B7, B9)
  • Written-By [Yes We Have No Bananas] – Silver* (tracks: A4), Cohn* (tracks: A4)


3 panel inlay printed both sides. Grey cassette with black on-body print.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
AMLX 68 508, AMLX 68508 Rick Wakeman Rhapsodies ‎(2xLP, Album, Gat) A&M Records, A&M Records AMLX 68 508, AMLX 68508 Europe 1979
SP·6501, SP-6501 Rick Wakeman Rhapsodies ‎(2xLP, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records SP·6501, SP-6501 Canada 1979
AMLX 68 508 Rick Wakeman Rhapsodies ‎(2xLP, Album, Gat) A&M Records AMLX 68 508 South Africa 1979
UICY-94248 Rick Wakeman Rhapsodies ‎(CD, Album, Num, RE, RM, SHM) A&M Records UICY-94248 Japan 2009
844134-2 Rick Wakeman Rhapsodies ‎(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial) Hope Records 844134-2 1999