Oliver Wakeman has the honor of being one of the few musicians to have played and recorded with some of progressive rock’s most respected guitarists.
In 2001, several years before becoming a member of YES, Oliver and guitarist Steve Howe worked together on the album The 3 Ages of Magick. Completed by an array of talented musicians, this album has become a hidden gem in the YES recording family tree.
After holding the keyboard position for YES from 2008 to 2011, Oliver teamed up with fellow British guitar legend Gordon Giltrap to record their award-winning album Ravens & Lullabies, a collection of rock and acoustic tracks featuring singers Paul Manzi (Sweet) and Benoit David (YES).
20 years after its original release, The 3 Ages of Magick is paired with the Ravens & Lullabies album in the new Collaborations 3CD box set. Featuring remastered versions of both albums plus the previously unreleased acoustic live album, From A Stage features music from Wakeman & Giltrap’s many years of collaboration across the UK.
The Collaborations box set, comprising 3 CDs each with a 16-page booklet and individual cover art prints, will be released by Burning Shed on April 11th.
The 3 Ages of Magick, released in 2001, is an instrumental album based on the style of the great prog solo records of the 70s. Featuring Steve Howe on 11 of its 13 tracks, the album is both sweet and outlandish in its an equal measure. The album, based on stories from British folklore, uses traditional instruments to help tell each story. This remastered version also includes three bonus tracks not available on the original version.
10 years later, Oliver and another legendary guitarist, Gordon Giltrap, joined forces after meeting at one of his father’s (Rick Wakeman) Christmas gigs where they both performed.
Ravens & Lullabies allowed Oliver and Gordon to interweave their acoustic musical abilities in the Lullabies section of the record. The Ravens aspect of the album allowed Gordon to be reintroduced into the progressive community in which he had been a leading figure in his heyday when releasing albums such as Fear Of The Dark and Perilous Journey (which contained his hit song “Heartsong”). This remastered version also includes the bonus studio tracks, “The Forgotten King”, “Bach’s Praeludium” and a new version of Gordon’s classic “Roots” which were only included on the limited edition double disc release of the original. . Also included is a new recording, a version for piano and classical guitar of Oliver’s track “The Wedding Approaches”.
This set also includes a third disc, From A Stage. During lockdown Oliver was approached by the sound engineer at one of the Giltrap/Wakeman gigs to say he had found a multitrack recording of a Christmas gig where Oliver and Gordon had performed with the guest special Paul Manzi (Sweet). This provided a great opportunity to create the live album From A Stage featuring Oliver and Gordon’s renditions of songs from their 20+ year catalogs. Including the warmth and musical interplay that has become a hallmark of their often sold-out shows, the recording includes songs such as “Heartsong”, “Glimmer of Light” and “Roots”.
The Collaborations box set contains 3 CDs each with 16-page booklets featuring lyrics, never-before-seen artwork and many stories behind the creativity of Wakeman and Giltrap. The first 250 boxes will also include the 4th art print of the box cover numbered and signed by Oliver Wakeman.
A “Moneyfacturing” lyric video of the box set is now available for viewing. The track is taken from the Wakeman/Giltrap Ravens & Lullabies disc in the box set and features Paul Manzi (Sweet).
Oliver says, “It’s one of my favorite band songs I’ve ever written and recorded, so I can use a lot of my keyboard collection.” It’s a radio-friendly song that also reminds people what a great electric guitarist Gordon is! »
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