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#2826158 - 01/05/17 04:42 PM Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken
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Okay, so I'm sitting here in a cafe with a double espresso. I'm browsing Rick Wakeman videos when I'm supposed to be grading assignments. heh heh

Audio only, Rick is a great storyteller, recounting how Cat Steven's big hit came to be.



Don't know if it's been posted here before, but Rick is funny enough to warrant another go if it has.
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#2826162 - 01/05/17 05:13 PM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: timwat]
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Great story. Thanks for the link.
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#2826164 - 01/05/17 05:20 PM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: Donsta]
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great story, thx Tim smile

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#2826198 - 01/06/17 04:44 AM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: timwat]
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Lots of laughter in this story.
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#2826199 - 01/06/17 04:49 AM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: miden]
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This is absolutely briljant.

Gotta love the humor of the Brittish people! (Hi Aidan wave)
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#2826212 - 01/06/17 05:29 AM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: miden]
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Wow... and what a beautiful performance of that song! Thank God for Rick Wakeman!
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#2826226 - 01/06/17 06:26 AM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: HammondDave]
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Excellent story. Thanks Tim! roll

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#2826278 - 01/06/17 10:41 AM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: JerryA]
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Rick is an international treasure. I got to meet him at the first Moog Fest in 2004, which was also his 55th birthday. I even had a piece of his birthday cake! We discussed an old Keyboard article I had read where he talked about erasing all presets from a synthesizer and programming his own from scratch to fully understand the instrument. He was totally engaged in the conversation - a truly genuine person.

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#2826285 - 01/06/17 11:08 AM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: AWkeys]
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Very cool. But goddammit every time I hear somebody play like this it makes me want to just hang it up because I am so not worthy. But still I can never hear enough of these guys in somewhat unconventional settings as this.
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#2826300 - 01/06/17 12:08 PM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: sleepngbear]
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It's a pleasure to listen to Rick tell stories. He does it so well. Here's another one I found while I checked out the OP's video:


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#2826303 - 01/06/17 12:17 PM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: sleepngbear]
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just listened. twothumbs
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#2826324 - 01/06/17 02:23 PM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: davedoerfler]
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So often, I forget that Rick was the guy on those Cat Stevens songs. Quite possibly his most soulful line, on that traditional song that was already so well-known but now is almost always thought of in the Cat Stevens context because that guy delivered.
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#2826398 - 01/07/17 12:36 AM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broke [Re: Buzzzzzzz]
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Originally Posted By: Buzzzzzzz
It's a pleasure to listen to Rick tell stories. He does it so well. Here's another one I found while I checked out the OP's video:



Really funny. I would pay just to see Rick doing stand-up comedy.
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#2826401 - 01/07/17 01:12 AM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broke [Re: RudyS]
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Spinal Tap is a knock knock joke compared Wakemans real life.
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#2826523 - 01/07/17 05:52 PM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broke [Re: Baldwin Funster]
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Rick is a superb musician.......

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#2826525 - 01/07/17 06:00 PM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: sleepngbear]
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Originally Posted By: sleepngbear
Very cool. But goddammit every time I hear somebody play like this it makes me want to just hang it up because I am so not worthy. But still I can never hear enough of these guys in somewhat unconventional settings as this.


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#2826847 - 01/09/17 08:32 AM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: HammondDave]
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It all had a happy ending:


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#2827455 - 01/11/17 07:47 PM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: Buzzzzzzz]
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I never knew that RW played piano on the Cat Stephens version,even though I've tried to cop that style whenever I've played MHBroken over the past 40 yrs! And since recently learning Bowie's Life On Mars, the simularity in piano style is suddenly evident. shocked
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#2827746 - 01/12/17 06:52 PM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: Jon May]
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I really enjoyed this!
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#2827752 - 01/12/17 07:05 PM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: Reverend Rhythm]
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Actually, his rendition is sort of amazing, all sorts of color you don't usually hear.
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#2827815 - 01/13/17 05:21 AM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: cphollis]
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My dad used to play a lot of Cat Stevens and I remember this story of Rick playing on it. If you listen there is a lot of Bach or Baroque influence on the track. I should try to learn this.


Edited by Outkaster (01/13/17 05:29 AM)
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#2827816 - 01/13/17 05:32 AM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: Outkaster]
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RW's playing was brilliant on this song.
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#2828057 - 01/14/17 02:42 AM Re: Rick Wakeman: Story of Morning Has Broken [Re: bennyray]
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Thanks for posting. Enjoyed that. He came to Perth a few years back and did a two man show with Jon Anderson. Music was ok / good (it was prog rock Yes repertoire - they really needed a band) but the banter was great.

One of our digital radio stations here in the UK (BBC 6 Live) has had lots of Bowie features recently. R plays on the Hunky Dory album. They had some audio of him chatting about it. Don't know if it's UK only access - worth a listen if you're outside the UK but you can stream it.

Btw - Jon Anderson's voice was still stunning. He just sounded the same as he did on those 70s recordings. I was really impressed.
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