Wakeman played a key role in the final shape of the group's fourth record, Fragile, creating a fierce, swirling sound on an array of electric and acoustic pianos, synthesizers, and Mellotrons. Fragile was a hit, driven by the chart success of the single "Roundabout," and Wakeman was suddenly elevated to star status. Yes' next album, Close to the Edge, expanded his audience and his appeal; his instruments were heard almost continually on the record.
During the making of the record in , Wakeman also recorded his first solo album, an instrumental work titled The Six Wives of Henry VIII, which consisted of his musical interpretations of the lives and personalities of said six royal spouses. Public reception of Yes' album, Tales from Topographic Oceans, was mixed, and the critics were merciless in their attacks upon the record.
Wakeman exited the group before the album's supporting tour. His new solo album, Journey to the Center of the Earth, adapted from the writings of Jules Verne and featuring a rock band, narrator David Hemmings , and full orchestral and choral accompaniment, was released to tremendous public response in both America and England, where it topped the charts.
In , his next album, The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, was given a grand-scale premiere at Wembley's Empire Pool, although it also cost Wakeman a fortune to stage the event on ice. During this same period, Wakeman began working on film scores with the music for Ken Russell's Lisztomania, which was a modest hit.
In , Wakeman returned to Yes, with whom he would continue recording and touring for various stretches over the next three decades. None of this bothered his fan base, which rapidly expanded to encompass those he picked up through his work with lyricist Tim Rice on a musical adaptation of George Orwell's , and his burgeoning film work, which included the music to movies about the Winter Olympics and the soccer World Cup competition.
Additionally, he became a regular on Britain's Channel 4. Wakeman's audience and reputation survived the '80s better than many prog rock stars of his era as he continued releasing albums on his own label. In , he and three of his Yes bandmates formed Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe and released their lone album in This lineup would eventually merge with Yes' other working half to release the comeback album Union. Throughout the '90s, Wakeman remained prolific, recording a handful of solo piano albums like Heritage Suite and The Piano Album , as well as composing scores for films like Bullet to Beijing and Midnight in St.
He also briefly rejoined Yes to record their Keys to Ascension album, though he left the band before touring began. The trouble is — how shall I put this — I felt that some Yes music was, in the backing tracks, too rhythmically based. And once that happens, you start to lose the melody content. We used to start with a melody, and then we would build around the melody.
Mettler: This is true. With a melody like that one, you can play around with it and still know what it is. Wakeman: Yeah! There are no set rules for what we can and cannot do. I absolutely love it! So I can include it? Do you have another one in the pipeline?
Wakeman: There is gonna be a third one this Christmas, called Christmas Portraits. As we sit here today, what are your thoughts about the surround format in general?
Mettler: It gives us that added dimension to what you do, for sure. Would you encourage more surround in the future for, well, anything from your catalog?
Mettler: You must also be happy to see that the vinyl revival is still going on as well. Edition see all. Collector's Edition.
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