Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record

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Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record
Studio album by Rick Wakeman
Released November 1977
Recorded April – June 1977
Mountain Studios
Montreux, Switzerland[1]
Genre Progressive rock
Length 39:04
Label A&M
Producer Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman chronology
White Rock
Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record is the seventh studio album by English progressive rock keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Released in 1977, the album is a loosely-based concept album on criminality. Wakeman intended the record to be similar to his first conceptual release, The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1973), but it did not turn out as he wished.[1]

The album is entirely instrumental, with the exception being "The Breathalyser" in which Bill Oddie, one third of the comedy trio The Goodies, provides vocals. The record features Chris Squire and Alan White of Yes fame, on bass guitar and drums respectively. From a musical perspective, the music reflects the title of each track, similar to Six Wives.

Equipment used[1][edit]

  • Steinway 9' Grand Piano
  • Minimoog synthesizer
  • Polymoog synthesizer
  • Hammond C3 organ
  • Birotron
  • Mander Pipe organ - recorded at the church of St. Martin, Vevey, Switzerland
  • RMI computer keyboard
  • Harpsichord
  • Fender Rhodes 88 electric piano
  • Hohner clavinet
  • Baldwin electric harpsichord
  • Church organ

Limited edition[edit]

In 2006, Hip-O Select released a limited, numbered edition (5000 copies) compact disc, the first CD issue of the album ever available outside of Japan. The album has subsequently been re-issued on CD by Real Gone Music and is currently in print.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Rick Wakeman

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Statue of Justice"   6:20
2. "Crime of Passion"   5:46
3. "Chamber of Horrors"   6:40
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Birdman of Alcatraz"   4:12
2. "The Breathalyser"   3:51
3. "Judas Iscariot"   12:15



  1. ^ a b c d "Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record (1977)". Rick Wakeman's Communication Centre. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review