Keyboardist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Rick Wakeman's The Real Lisztomania Limited Edition Box Set is now available for pre-order. This is an extremely rare find as the master tapes were long since considered destroyed. Back in 1975, Wakeman was asked to oversee and compose a lot of the music for the film Lisztomania, which was directed by Ken Russell. The musician was also given a part in the film in which he played the god Thor.
A soundtrack album was later produced by Wakeman, which was subsequently turned down by A&M Records, much to his disgust. There were huge disputes going on at the time and they basically hated everything he produced even though he was selling albums for them in multi-millions. It is not commonly known that they actually turned down Journey To The Centre Of The Earth initially and it was only by forcing the contract that Wakeman had signed with them, that it was ever released. They also initially didn't want to release The Six Wives Of Henry VIII until some vocals were put on it!
After rejecting the Lisztomania soundtrack master, A&M then produced a soundtrack of their own which had very little of Wakeman on it and yet they still thoughtfully put his name on the front cover along with that of Roger Daltrey. The keyboardist was furious to say the least and hated the soundtrack album vehemently and told the press accordingly. It sold accordingly well. However, the movie went on to become one of the biggest cult films of all time. To find this original soundtrack is quite unbelievable as there was only one master ever in existence and yet somehow it has managed to survive more than 25 years in a box amongst some old football shorts. It was originally released as part of the fabled Treasure Chest box set of a limited edition of 500 on the Voiceprint label, copies of going for over £500 on eBay.
The tapes have been carefully re-mastered and all concerned believe that this is truly something special. Wakeman's idea was always to try and produce a completely different type of soundtrack and he produced this one by making it into a form of story with intermittent hilarious narration that runs throughout spoken by Paul Nicholas.
Guest vocalists include Roger Daltrey, Paul Nicholas & Linda Lewis. It may be more than 40 years since these altercations, but as they say, “Better late than never.” It's certainly a very different soundtrack to any that have ever been produced in the world of film music. It's very funny too, which is perhaps what we have come to expect from Rick with humor and music in one.
The box set, as well as other items, available will be shipped from UK for early April 2018
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Rick Wakeman's official website: http://www.rwcc.com/