The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Live at Hampton Court Palace is a live album from English keyboardist and composer Rick Wakeman, released through Eagle Records on 5 October 2009. The album is a live recording of the second of two sold-out concerts on 2 May 2009 at Hampton Court Palace in London.
First ever LIVE performance of the entire 1974 album, with 2009 versions of its original songs and new compositions for the occasion, 1st and 2nd May 2009 at Hampton Court Palace. Defender of the Faith", here now included, was cut from the original album for lack of space. were correct, but I always missed his excesses and the pomp his first releases had. Well, "The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Live at Hampton Court Palace" is not only Rick's dream made real, but the dream of every long time fan. From the moment I saw him entering to the Palace court dressed with a royal cape, followed by six women in the role of Henry's wives, I knew the Cape Crusader was back, of course looks older, more calmed, but it was a trip to the 70's and at last the chance to see a concert with all the abusive exuberance. he displayed almost four decades ago.
Rick Wakeman – The Six Wives Of Henry VIII Live At Hampton Court Palace. Label: Eagle Records – EAGCD406.
This spectacular 94-minute concert was recorded live with the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra in 1975, at the Sydney Myer Concert Bowl in Melbourne Australia to a 30,000 audience. This mammoth sell-out concert to tens of thousands was at the end of the 'Journey Tour' to promote the album "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", which sold over 12,000,000 copies worldwide
Rick Wakeman's "The Six Wives Of Henry VIII" is one of the landmark albums of the seventies, a critical and commercial success that has sold in excess of 15 million copies worldwide. In May 2009, Rick Wakeman finally achieved his long held dream of performing the entire album live at Hampton Court Palace. It was the first time the whole album had ever been performed in concert & included the Henry VIII track "Defender Of The Faith," that had to be cut from the original album for space reasons, plus new opening and closing pieces.
Album by Rick Wakeman. Catherine Of Aragon (2009). Kathryn Howard (2009). Defender Of The Faith. Katherine Parr (2009). Anne Of Cleves (2009).