Lisztomania (album)

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Soundtrack album by Rick Wakeman
Released November 1975
Recorded 1975
Studio Island Studios Mobile; RAK Studios Mobile; mixed at Island Studios and Olympic Studios, London[1]
Genre Progressive rock
Length 32.12
Label A&M
Producer Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman chronology
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(1976)No Earthly Connection1976
Professional ratings
Review scores

In 1975 Rick was asked to oversee and compose a lot of the music for the film Lisztomania, which was directed by Ken Russell. Rick was also given a part in the film in which he played the god Thor.

A soundtrack album was later produced by Rick, which was subsequently turned down by A&M Records, much to Rick’s disgust. There were huge disputes going on at the time and they basically hated everything he produced even though he was selling albums for them in multi-millions.

After rejecting Rick’s soundtrack master, A&M then produced this soundtrack of their own which had very little of Rick on it and yet they still thoughtfully put his name on the front cover along with that of Roger Daltrey, Rick was furious to say the least and hated the soundtrack album vehemently and told the press accordingly
2/5 stars[2]

Lisztomania is a 1975 progressive rock soundtrack album by Rick Wakeman for Ken Russell's film Lisztomania, a biography of Franz Liszt.

Some tracks feature The Who's Roger Daltrey singing lead vocals. The album was later upgraded as The Real Lisztomania by Wakeman because he was dissatisfied with the original release.

When Allmusic rated the album they said "The soundtrack to Ken Russell's movie provided Wakeman with a canvas upon which to work his magic (or do his damage—it depends upon one's attitude) upon the music of Franz Liszt and, to a lesser degree, Richard Wagner. Actually, much of what is here is more substantial than the material on Journey or Myths and Legends, which can be attributed largely to the composers' contributions."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Rienzi/Chopsticks Fantasia" (Richard Wagner/Ferenc Liszt) - 4:20
  2. "Love's Dream" (Liszt/ lyrics: Roger Daltrey) - 4:25 - vocal: Roger Daltrey
  3. "Dante Period" (Liszt) - 2:05
  4. "Orpheus Song" (Liszt/ lyrics: Jonathan Benson, Roger Daltrey) - 3:10 - vocal: Roger Daltrey
  5. "Hell" (Liszt/ translation: John Forsythe) - 1:59 - vocal: Linda Lewis

Side two[edit]

  1. "Hibernation" (Rick Wakeman) - 1:11
  2. "Excelsior Song" (Liszt/ lyrics: Wakeman, Ken Russell) - 2:32 - vocal: Paul Nicholas
  3. "Master Race" (Wagner) - 0:45
  4. "Rape, Pillage and Clap" (Wagner) - 3:09
  5. "Funerailles" (Liszt/ lyrics: Jonathan Benson) - 3:48 - vocal: Roger Daltrey
  6. "Free Song (Hungarian Rhapsody)" (Liszt) - 1:57
  7. "Peace At Last" (Liszt/ lyrics: Jonathan Benson, Daltrey) - 2:59 - vocal: Roger Daltrey




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