Full title: Recollections: The Very Best Of Rick Wakeman.
Personnel: Rick Wakeman (keyboards); David Measham (conductor); London Symphony Orchestra (various instruments); Ashley Holt, Liza Strike, Judy Powell, Barry St. John, Garry Pickford-Hopkins, English Chamber Choir (vocals); David Hemmings, Terry Taplin (spoken vocals); John Dunsterville (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, background vocals); Jeffrey Crampton (acoustic & electric guitars); Steve Howe, Mike Egan, Dave Lambert (guitar); Dave Cousins (banjo); Martyn Shields (trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn, background vocals); Reg Brook (trombone, bass trombone, background vocals); Roger Newell (bass, background vocals); Chris Squire, Les Hurdle, Chas Cronk (bass); Tony Fernandez (drums, percussion); Bill Bruford, Alan White (drums).
Producers: Rick Wakeman, Tony Visconti.
Compilation producer: Mike Ragogna.
Engineers: Ken Scott, Paul Tregurtha, Pete Flanagan.
Includes liner notes by Bill DeYoung.
Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (Universal Mastering).
With all of his lengthy suites and unified concept albums, Rick Wakeman's solo work would appear to be very difficult to anthologize. As the first Wakeman compilation available domestically in the U.S., that's what Recollections: The Very Best of Rick Wakeman (1973-1979) sets out to do. The two tracks from Journey to the Centre of the Earth are edited excerpts, but otherwise all the material is present in its original, full-length form. Most of the other pieces (14 in all) are from The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Myths & Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, White Rock, and Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record -- most of them cohesive concept works that devoted fans will already have. By its very nature, Recollections can't be anything other than a sampler for casual fans, but in that respect it functions very well. ~ Steve Huey