1 used from £3.99

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £5.34

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Colour:
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
      

Six Wives of Henry the 8twakeman,Rick [CASSETTE]


Available from these sellers.
1 used from £3.99

Amazon's Rick Wakeman Store

Visit Amazon's Rick Wakeman Store
for all the music, discussions, and more.

Product details

  • Audio Cassette (13 Feb. 1992)
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B00000EAIH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 959,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Catherine of Aragon
2. Anne of Cleves
3. Catherine Howard
4. Jane Seymour
5. Anne Boleyn/The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended
6. Catherine Parr

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By ChrisP on 9 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
As with some other reviewers, I think this was Ricks best release of the 70s, and probably ever. Reasons? The things which I think let most of his subsequent releases down were one of the following: Dodgy vocalists, a limited range of instruments, or possibly in some cases an excess of instruments. Here, there are no embarrassing vocal performances, there are no unnecessary orchestras and choirs that age badly, yet it has the fullness of sound and instrumentation that is lacking on his synth only releases.

Highlights? The acid jazzy Ann of Cleves, with great drumming from Alan White (how many of Rick's tracks can be said to have great drumming?) and a Santana-like feel in places - unique among Rick's pieces. Also the gloriously baroque Jane Seymour - I remember playing this to my mother (a totally classically influenced piano teacher and organist) and watching her face as the strictly orthodox yet complex organ is suddenly augmented by one of the most in-your-face moog interruptions ever. Stunning. And finally, by Anne Boleyn - just the most perfect balance of classical and rock instrumentation - the closing section of the Day thou gavest... is just incomparable.

All in all, utterly 70s, yet utterly timeless, always fulfilling and never embarrasing. The question for me is ... why the heck couldn't Rick seem to tick all the boxes ever again?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Aug. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This was Wakeman's first solo recording and still is his best. Its interesting that Amazon does not have a sound sample of Catherine Parr, the best and most well known track on the album. If more people heard it Amazon would be deluged with orders.
Wakeman showed at the time that someone who was trained and the Royal Academy of Music could play and compose 'rock' music.
His keyboard technique has to be seen and heard to be believed, and having done so, you understand that this album shows off all those skills. Nothing he has recorded since comes close to the quality of all his massive abilities.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bring_back_the_60s on 26 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
The Six Wives Of Henry VIII is my favourite of Rick Wakeman's solo work. It is the most consistent album he recorded. My favourite track is Anne Of Cleves with its haunting keyboard intro and fantastic rhythms that carry the song. Several members of Yes do contribute to this album including both drummers, even Steve Howe plays guitar on the opening track. The production and effort put into this album makes it a classic from the 1970s.
I highly recommend this despite its reputation of being overblown, its a great piece of music.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Lewis on 2 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first heard this on a hissing vinyl on a mono record player. It sounded great all the same. Having purchased the CD recently to replace my worn out vinyl, I listened to it again and again. Sadly short in length (about 35 mins), but the power of Wakeman's keyboards are finally reproduced on the CD without the buzz and distortion of the old needle on vinyl. A classic at a bargain price from a keyboard master. If you're looking for a first Wakeman CD to buy, you could do worse, try Myths and Legends or, if you can get hold of it, Criminal Record. Sounds good, doesn't seemed to have aged (but Wakeman has updated it), and it still sounds good 30 years on.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Goodman on 16 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
What more can you say about this Album,
Rick was a bit sidelined from YES on Tales from Topographic Oceans which was well overlong and tedious
so Rick decides to release his own solo project in the meantime and WOW!!!What an Album
The Interchanges and Sweeps of the Keyboard Maestro are absolutely Amazing and could listen to this Album all Day
Check out the Excellent "Catherine Parr".
Every Track is spellbinding and this Album has to rate as an All Time Classic.
Rick Wakeman a British Rock Keyboard Legend at his Brilliant Best
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I remember hearing this album around at a friends house years ago when a school boy whose ears were relatively untouched by the world of rock. I was impressed by the album then, but subsequently as times changed I sadly forgot Rick and his Wives. A little while ago this album re-entered my life and although it is a flawed period piece, it is still quite fun to listen to from time to time.

For those who don't know, this is a collection of mainly keyboard pieces with occasional support from band and vocals. Stylistically this album is all over the map- incorporating elements of rock,Baroque,ragtime,English pastoral and more ,it is remains entertaining- if only because of the verve and fairly awesome playing and arranging abilities that Wakeman demonstrates throughout. Yes it is a little bombastic and silly in places-not to say dated - but name me a prog rock band who couldn't be accused of committing similar sins. Yet,at least Rick has written a few catchy tunes (the brilliant 'Catherine Howard' is a good example),the playing is inventive without being boringly overbearing and none of the segments outstay their welcome.

I am by no means a prog fan - but even I can say, this is a good listen and well worth considering for your music collection.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Julian Stevens on 18 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
My personal favourite, before he got into all that overcooked pomp rock, and now revitalised with the benefit of excellent 24 bit Digital Remastering, though just who did it or where aren't credited. Though advertised as a Japanese reissue (which is what I ordered before the price went stratospheric), my copy was manufactured in Australia under licence from NRQ London and came from a supplier in Russia! So maybe Japan isn't any longer the only source of a DR'd edition ~ I dunno, I'm just very glad I managed to get a reasonably priced copy when I did.

Six Wives now sounds altogether crisper and fierier (sans tape hiss as well), with plenty of amazingly fleet fingered playing from our Rick, ably supported by the likes of Bill Bruford and Alan White, Chris Squire, Steve Howe and various other luminaries of the 1972 London scene. Like most other reviewers, I've never heard a better Rick Wakeman album either. Ann of Cleves remains my favourite track, with tremendously nimble bass playing from Dave Winter (never seen his name on any other album) and great drumming from Alan White (whose playing here is a lot more impressive than his work with Yes, if you ask me) propelling along a decidedly jazz influenced little odyssey.

Recorded at Trident & Morgan Studios, principally by Ken Scott and David Hentschel and produced by Mr W who was obviously very much on a creative roll at the time. This is a classic album of its era and I suspect that it shouldn't be too hard to find a DR'd edition at more or less regular UK prices, which is worth doing as it is a very worhtwhile improvement on the original CD issue.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for similar items by category


Feedback