Oliver Wakeman & Clive Nolan announce Tales By Gaslight 3CD Box Set
Oliver Wakeman reunites with Clive Nolan after 20 years to issue a 3CD Box Set - Tales By Gaslight featuring remastered versions of their ‘future prog classics’ Jabberwocky and The Hound Of The Baskervilles along with a new disc Dark Fables.
The Tales By Gaslight box set, comprising 3CDs each with a 16-page booklet and 3 individual Art prints of the three covers, will be released by Burning Shed on 23rd April.
Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Arena) and Oliver Wakeman (YES, Strawbs) first combined their considerable keyboard and compositional talents to create two rock opera/concept albums.
Jabberwocky, released in 1999, was based on the famous Lewis Carroll poem. It was followed by The Hound of The Baskervilles (2002), inspired by the Sherlock Holmes novel penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The project was always intended to be a trilogy of musical interpretations of literary classics, but an album inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was shelved because of a lack of record company funding.
This box set package also includes a third disc, featuring previously unreleased pieces that were intended to complete the trilogy. This third disc, Dark Fables, contains over 30 minutes of music conceived for the abandoned Frankenstein album.
Nolan and Wakeman also found pieces which were unused from The Hound of The Baskervilles. These include The Man Called Sherlock which was the original version of the Overture and 221B, inspired by Sherlock Holmes’ famous address.
Unusually for the time, the first two albums featured a host of guest performances, including narration by Wakeman’s father Rick and actor Robert Powell. Former YES guitarist, the late Peter Banks, Magnum vocalist Bob Catley and singer Tracy Hitchings appeared on both albums. Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen lent his talent to The Hound of the Baskervilles along with members from the bands IQ and Threshold. The unique artwork was created by Rodney Matthews for the original Jabberwocky release. Peter Pracownik was the creativity behind The Hound of The Baskervilles artwork 20 years ago and has returned to this trilogy by lending his talents to the new Dark Fables artwork.
In keeping with the spirit of the two previous albums, the new recordings feature the talents of, amongst others, Gordon Giltrap, Paul Manzi (Arena, Oliver Wakeman Band, Sweet) Andy Sears (Twelfth Night) and David Mark Pearce (Oliver Wakeman Band). Also included is an original reading of the Jabberwocky poem by Rick Wakeman.
The Tales By Gaslight box set contains 3 CDs each with 16-page booklets including lyrics, previously unseen art work and many stories behind the creativity from both Wakeman and Nolan. The first 250 box sets will also include a 4th limited edition numbered art print of the box set cover signed by Clive Nolan and Oliver Wakeman.
You may have noticed the addition of the new Oliver Wakeman logo which was designed by Rodney Matthews! There have also been a few minor tweaks to the website.
Oliver Wakeman Store now on Burning Shed & new website logo
There is now a dedicated store for Oliver at Burning Shed. More products are due soon! There has also been a minor tweak to the website with the addition of the lovely Rodney Mathhews logo!
Yessounds Podcast featuring Ravens & Lullabies
A new episode of Roman Guzman's Yessounds podcast has been released. This one has a special focus on Oliver and Gordon Giltrap's "Ravens & Lullabies" record.
You Make Me Believe on BBC TV
The single was promoted on the BBC News last night!
You Make Me Believe NHS Charity single
Oliver was delighted to be asked to get involved with this wonderful charity single for this NHS hospital (University Hospital Birmingham). You Make Me Believe - UHB Charity Christmas Single https://youtu.be/ohooRceFXW8. Please buy the single or donate to this very worthy cause if you can!
I Saw Three Ships Christmas single re-release
This is a glossy repackaging of 'I Saw Three Ships' in a gatefold CD sleeve to match last years 'In the Bleak Mid-Winter release. It is available directly from Rodney Matthews' website.
Carrie Martin 'Entity' released
Carrie Martin's third album featuring Oliver on Piano and String arrangements. This is the third album Oliver has played on for Carrie. This time he appears on the track Those Days. The album also features Gordon Giltrap and ex-Bad Company guitarist, Dave Bucket Colwell. It is available directly from Carrie's website in either CD or vinyl format.
Yendor Kickstarter campaign fully funded!
Fantastic news. Thanks to everyone who contributed towards making this happen! Yendor, an animated short film will be animated along with the Oliver Wakeman soundtrack.
Video from Trinity album available on YouTube
The Heavy Metal Hero track from the Trinity album has come to life! CG 3D animation by Sean Naden. Featuring Rodney Matthews, Jeff Scheetz, John Payne and Oliver. It can be seen on Rodney's YouTube Channel.
From a Page available in limited edition Blue Vinyl
The YES record From a Page is now available in Limited 180g light blue opaque vinyl. It can be purchased directly from the YES section of the Burning Shed store.
Digital copy of the Yendor audiobook now available on Bandcamp
Oliver provided the 18 minute soundtrack for the Yendor Audiobook. It is now available as a digital download or CD from Bandcamp
Digital copy of Trinity album now available on Bandcamp
Digital copy of Trinity album now available on Bandcamp
5 star review for the Yendor audiobook!
Lovely review of the Yendor audio book and soundtrack on the DMME website
In the Bleak Mid winter new review
New review of the Christmas single 'In the Bleak Mid-Winter' available to read here.
Yendor audio book with Oliver's 18 minute soundtrack now available!
Now available! 'Yendor - The Journey of a Junior Adventurer', the children's story by fantasy illustrator Rodney Matthews, is now available in hardback AND on audio CD with narration by Sarah Matthews and a full-length soundtrack by Oliver Wakeman.
YouTube review of Trinity and In the Bleak Mid-Winter
Join host Pete Pardo from Sea of Tranquility for a YouTube review of the new album from acclaimed artist/drummer Rodney Matthews, guitarist Jeff Scheetz, and keyboard player Oliver Wakeman, along with plenty of other friends, titled 'Trinity'.
Oliver to appear as part of the Prog From Home concert on May 9th
The Prog Report is putting on an all-star Prog From Home concert, which will take place next Saturday (May 9) at 2PM Eastern and feature performances by such notables as Mike Portnoy, former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and Neal Morse.
You can watch the show, which is being made "in support and celebration of doctors, nurses, first responders and all health-care workers," from the Prog Report's YouTube channel. It will include contributions from such prog notables as Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater, Ray Wilson (Genesis), Oliver Wakeman, Paul Bielatowicz (Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy), Michael Sadler (Saga), Nick Barrett (Pendragon), Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train) and Bruce Soord (the Pineapple Thief), and will also feature some special guests. You can see the full list of artists at Prog Report.
Reviews for Trinity added to the reviews section
The website has now been updated with some reviews of the Rodney Matthews & Jeff Scheetz with Oliver Wakeman record Trinity from various websites. We will continue to add more to the site as we find them!
Oliver to appear on Roman Guzman's show this evening
Oliver and Rodney and Sarah Matthews talk about the upcoming Yendor Audio book and Soundtrack provided by Oliver! It can be seen here...
Reviews for From a Page added to the reviews section
The website has now been updated with some reviews of the Yes record From a Page from various websites. We will continue to add more to the site as we find them!
Oliver appears on the new Light Freedom Revival Jon Anderson tribute CD
A 4 CD tribute to Jon Anderson by the John Vehadija project Light Freedom Revival. Oliver appears on one of the CD's performing keyboards.
Oliver appears on the new John Holden album
John Holden's new album 'Rise and Fall' released today and features Oliver on two tracks.
Oliver interview in Prog Magazine
This months Prog magazine features a six page interview with Oliver talking about his career and the new Yes From a Page record.
Oliver the appear on the new David Cross and Peter Banks album
Oliver appears on this album whihc features the guitar of the late Peter Banks.
The guitar (Peter Banks) and violin parts (David Cross) for this album were recorded on the 10th August 2010 in an afternoon of improvisation. The resultant album was produced by Tony Lowe and David Cross and the guest appearances were recorded during 2018 and 2019