Presentation on theme: "Solo projects: Rick Wakeman and Mike Oldfield …. Late seventies: solo projects (albums) Almost every band had members who… Often the precursor to breakup."— Presentation transcript:
Solo projects: Rick Wakeman and Mike Oldfield …
Late seventies: solo projects (albums) Almost every band had members who… Often the precursor to breakup of bands –O. Osborne from Black Sabbath –John Lord from Deep Purple –Ken Hensley from Uriah Heep –Roger Waters, Richard Wright and David Gilmour from Pink Floyd –Rick Wakeman and Chris Squire from Yes –Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins from Genesis Interestingly, Led Zeppelin is an exception. Wakeman & Oldfield: both similar and different.
Rick Wakeman One of the best keyboardists of the time (voted second best after Emerson) Served on and off in Yes Concept albums, often with lavish theatrical shows –About the six wives of Henry VIII –King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table –J. Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth –G. Orwell’s 1984 (already in the 1980s) Emerson treated classical composers more often
King Arthur Post Roman Britain –Legions withdrawn in 407 A.D. Acc. legend, born at Tintagel Castle –What part of Britain is shown on the map?
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, 1975 „WHO SO PULLETH OUT THIS SWORD FROM THIS STONE AND ANVIL, IS THE TRUE- BORN KING OF ALL BRITAIN.” Studio concept album Expensive shows, also performed on ice! Went gold selling 12 million copies Arthur (from cassette) –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7_h p27j-ZI&list=PLA721A01547FFB056https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7_h p27j-ZI&list=PLA721A01547FFB056 The Last Battle –http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=hH1bUeuuGX0http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=hH1bUeuuGX0
Arthur lyrics Upon a New Year's day A host of knights did pray That from the anvil one could draw the sword. As each knight took his turn They found the anvil, held it firm; None worthy of a future King and Lord. Sir Kay the bravest knight Appeared to try his might He dreamed of being King, as all the rest To Arthur Sir Kay called to search And bring for him a sword In earnest Arthur set about his quest. A churchyard in the wood The sword and anvil stood And Arthur drew the sword out of the stone The anvil now defeated His quest for the sword completed A sword that was to place him on the throne A sword that was to place him on the throne. Sir Hector and Sir Kay saw the sword And knelt to pray Then gently took it from young Arthur's hand They marvelled at his quest Proclaiming to the rest Arthur is the King of all this land Arthur the King of all this land.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth –The London Symphony Orchestra –Narration by actor David Hemmings –Poorly received by A&M management, but it went gold both in US and UK, and became a multi-million dollar seller
Criminality Chamber of Horrors from Criminal Record, 1977 –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdjkwQUNqtYhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdjkwQUNqtY Plagiarised „Erdély induló”? –„Felhangzott a szó, zeng az induló, Győztesek megint, régi zászlaink. Nézd a gúnyhatárt, széttiporva már, Várnak újra mind, ősi bérceink.” –Intentional (premeditated)? –„Who would know, anyway?” –Would Janos Kadar’s communist regime start a lawsuit against W. for pilfering the tune of a song considered nationalistic and chauvinistic?
Mike Oldfield Guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer Debut album Tubular Bells, 1973 –Inaugural album of R. Branson’s Virgin label –Multi-layered recording –O. playing 20 different instruments –Minimalist approach –Side 1 (of 49 minutes overall!) kOsxEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LFCG7 kOsxE
Later career Original video? –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4eZJh3FFg0&feature=BFa&l ist=AL94UKMTqg-9AgjfFKyslVjjCygL-jz-eH&lf=list_relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4eZJh3FFg0&feature=BFa&l ist=AL94UKMTqg-9AgjfFKyslVjjCygL-jz-eH&lf=list_related Incantations, 1978/79 –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeVd78LicaQ&feature=BFa&l ist=AL94UKMTqg-9AgjfFKyslVjjCygL-jz-eH&lf=list_relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeVd78LicaQ&feature=BFa&l ist=AL94UKMTqg-9AgjfFKyslVjjCygL-jz-eH&lf=list_related Tug of war between the artist and record company who wanted popular popsong singles: –Shadow on the Wall, 1983 (cassette/video below with Roger Chapman, ex Family) –Five Miles Out, –On album Amarok, 1991, a Morse signal sends R. Branson to hell: „f*** off R.B.” Tubular Bells remade –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSRJvq4Wd48http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSRJvq4Wd48
Shadow on the wall lyrics (excerpt) Shadow On The Wall :::l Like A Shadow On The Wall Treat Me Like A Prisoner Treat Me Like A Fool Treat Me Like A Looser Use Me As A Tool Waste Me Till I'm Hungry Lose Me In The Cold Treat Me Like A Criminal Just A Shadow On The Wall (Repeat Chorus 1) Like A Shadow On The Wall Treat Me Like I'm Evil Freeze Me Till I'm Cold Beat Me Till I'm Feeble Grind Me Till I'm Old Wire Me Till I'm Tired Push Me Till I Fall Treat Me Like A Criminal Just A Shadow On The Wall (Repeat Chorus 1) Black Shadow On The Wall ALBUM & 7" VERSION: Shadow On The Wall Shadow On The Wall Black Shadow On The Wall
Five miles out lyrics falling, falling What do you do when your falling you've got 30 degrees and your stalling out And its 24 miles to the beacon there's a crack in the sky and the warnings out Don't take that dive again Push through that band of rain Five miles out Just hold your heading true Got to get your finest out Your number 1 anticipating you Climbing out Just hold your heading true Got to get your finest out Your number 1 anticipating you Mayday, Mayday, Mayday Calling all stations This is Golf Mike Oscar Victor Juliet IMC CU.NIMB.ICING In great difficulty Over The traffic controller is calling Victor Juliet your identity I have lost in the violet storm Communicate or squawk emergency Don't take that dive again Push through that band of rain Lost in Static 18 And the storm is closing in now Automatic 18 - Got to push through - Trapped in living hell Your a prisoner of the dark sky The propeller blades are still And the evil eye of the hurricane's Coming in now for the kill Our hope's with you - Rider in the blue Welcome's waiting, We're anticipating You'll be celebrating, when you're down, and braking Climbing out - climbing climbing Five miles out - climbing climbing Five miles out Just hold your heading true Got to get your finest out Climbing Climbing Five miles out Just hold your heading true Got to get your finest out Climbing Climbing Climbing out Just hold your heading true Got to get your finest out Climbing Climbing Five miles out Just hold your heading true Got to get your finest out Climbing Climbing, Climbing out Just hold your heading true Got to get your finest out
Homework Listening to the music identified here Wakeman and Oldfield readings –Critics critical appreciation –Comparison with the students’ own insights