MFVP116CD The Burning
Produced by Rick Wakeman and Alan Brawer
Released on December 1981
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C ue in the crackling campfire. Thank you. And now for the tale of Rick Wakeman, who ran screaming from Yes like a man on fire. Burned out after rough passage on topographic oceans, Wakeman played the roving wraith, inhabiting English graveyards (Six Wives), subterranean worlds (Journey), old castles (Myths) and prisons (Criminal Record). He ate what was offered: soundtracks, commissions for live events, etc. Thus the works of Wakeman are a mixed bag, with the soundtracks settling on the bottom. I never had a burning desire to hear this soundtrack, since I’ve been burned before by other prog keyboardists (Emerson, Banks, Franke). But Wakeman, like Vangelis, seems to approach these things as he would an album of new music, making them more than mere asterisks in the starry sky of opi. In fact, the first half of the album (called The Wakeman Variations) features new tracks based on the original score, enjoyable as much as the music of White Rock. The second side is straight from the film, spooky synthesizer stuff that borrows (and builds on) John Carpenter’s score to the first Halloween. Tracks like “The Burning” and “Shear Terror” belong with the best horror movie music from the period. So what The Burning offers is half an album of the usual Wakemanic tonic (“Theme from the Burning,” “The Chase Continues”) and half an album of smart, creepy film score. In the middle and out of place are two film tracks with a Southern spin: “Doin’ It” and “Devil’s Creek Breakdown.” Ignore them. But the rest of The Burning is better than I imagined, important for fans and collectors because it showcases Wakeman’s facility for horror music and a new instrument that delivers some great sounds, Sequential Circuits’ Prophet 10 (two Prophet 5’s put together, as if you couldn’t do the math).

TRACK LISTING

  1. THEME FROM THE BURNING
  2. THE CHASE CONTINUES (PO'S PLANE)
  3. VARIATIONS ON THE FIRE
  4. SHEAR TERROR AND MORE
  5. THE BURNING (END TITLE THEME)
  6. CAMPFIRE STORY
  7. THE FIRE
  8. DOIN' IT
  9. DEVIL'S CREEK BREAKDOWN
  10. THE CHASE
  11. SHEAR TERROR

    Music by Rick Wakeman

CREDITS

RICK WAKEMAN -- Yamaha grand piano, Hammond organ, Hohner clarinet, Prophet 5 synthesiser, Prophet 10 synthesiser, Korg synthesisers, Yamaha CS-80 electric piano, ARP Omni, mini moog
MIKE BRAUN -- drums
ALAN BRAWER -- 6 string electric guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar, percussion, 5 string banjo, musical director
KEVIN KELLY -- electric bass, engineer, mixing
Liberty DeVitto -- drums (8,9)
Mike Gareau -- "melodic" 6 string electric guitars, fiddle (8,9)
Brian Mathews -- narration (6)
Arlen Roth -- 6 string electric guitars, pedal-steel guitar (8,9)
Jeff Kracke -- engineer

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK December 1981 Charisma LP CLASS-12  
GER 1981 Charisma LP 6302 176  
JPN 1981 EMI/Toshiba LP WTP-90107  
US 1982 Varese Sarabande LP STV-81162  
UK February 4, 2007 Music Fusion CD MFVP116CD  

 

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