2001 News


28th December Panto time... Oliver, fiancee Lisa, brother Adam and his wife Terri all braved the elements to pay a visit to see dad in panto at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro where they met up with sister Jemma for a family get-together. The pantomime has received rave reviews and all the kids (of whatever age) in the audience were certainly having a good time.
25th December Oliver receives a Deerstalker hat (a la Sherlock Holmes) from Clive as a Christmas present......
9th December Oliver was in attendance at the Classic Rock awards ceremony in December and appeared on stage to have a chat via telephone link up to his dad, Rick, who won the best Keyboard player. Oliver was again voted for by the readers for this award and Oliver was also quite chuffed to see Three Ages voted in the top 16 best albums of the year. Many thanks to all who voted.

Oliver also had a good chance to catch up with Clive Nolan (who was appearing as part of the band Pendragon) and they did an interview due to be printed in next months Wondrous Stories publication.

Oliver also had a chance to meet up with Damian Wilson who was supporting Pendragon with his own acoustic band. Many visitors to the site well may have heard of Damian from Rick's English Rock Ensemble band but few will know that Damian had already worked with both Oliver and Adam before joining Dad's band. Oliver and Damian have previously worked on a couple of ideas, nothing of which has come to fruition but who's to say what the future brings.

Congratulations again to Martin Hudson of the CRS for organising a great evening.
8th December 'Chakras' has been delayed for a month until the end of December, we have now been told. Apologies to those who were hoping to purchase these as Christmas presents! Here is the latest update on commissioned releases:
CHAKRAS CD / Oliver Wakeman. To be released end of December 2001. Catalogue number BH 790092
60's, 70's & 80's QUIZ CD's. These CDs are planned for October 2002. Catalogue numbers unavailable.
2nd December The track "The Enchanter" from 'The 3 Ages of Magick' is available on the Argentinian Magazine "Mellotron" cover CD along with tracks from, amongst others, the new Arjen Lucassen project "Ambeon"! If the collectors amongst you would like to get hold of a copy then email Andres Valles (andresvalle@interlink.com.ar) who puts the magazine together. The 3 Ages of Magick was given an indespensable review which is the highest accolade they can bestow, of which Oliver is very proud. The review can be found here, translation thanks to Andres Valles.
27th November The Hound is currently at the pressing plant have the first run of promo copies pressed. The release date is still scheduled for 4th February next year.
13th November 3 Ages was the 4th best selling CD according to the November issue of 'Wondrous Stories' magazine.

Oliver will be attending this year's Classic Rock Society Awards Night in Rotherham on the 8th December. Pendragon, with Clive Nolan, will be the main act with support from Damian Wilson. This promises to be a great evening! Information on ticket sales is available by contacting Martin Hudson at MHudsonrok@aol.com.
5th November The satellite radio channel Total Rock will be conducting an on-air interview with Oliver on Saturday 10th November at 19:00 GMT. For those of you able to receive Sky Digital, Total Rock broadcasts on channel 885. They also broadcast via the internet. More information on this and Total Rock in general is available from their website at http://www.totalrock.com. This channel played Oliver's "Mind Over Matter" last Friday evening during a session with special guest Martin Hudson from the Classic Rock Society.

The mastering for 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' is now complete.
2nd November Oliver Wakeman and Lisa Dennison announce their engagement. Congratulations and best wishes to them both from those of us here at the website!
18th October The mixing for Hound has been completed and the mastering is due in late October/early Nov.
10th October Mixing on the Hound Album has begun with Karl Groom (3 Ages/Jabberwocky) once again in the chair.
6th October Many of you who also visit the RWCC website may have noticed the unusual news item that Oliver's father, Rick, is to appear in panto this Christmas in Truro, Cornwall. Rick has always had a love for pantomimes and all of Rick's children have been dragged to them on many occasions! A few visitors may find this quite a strange move for a musician of Rick's calibre but after having had such a difficult couple of years we are all looking forward to seeing Rick having a good time and doing what he does best - entertaining people and making them happy. Oliver and his partner Lisa will no doubt attend a few of these performances along with the webmaster of this site and we hope to meet any visitors to this site there.
Oh yes we do, etc...

The latest news from the commissioning label is that 'Chakras' is now due to be released in November.
5th October 'The 3 Ages of Magick' was the 5th best selling CD in this month's 'Wondrous Stories' chart. Oliver would like to pass on his congratulations to all at Wondrous Stories and the Classic Rock Society on its tenth anniversary.
10th September There is now an independent Oliver Wakeman Mailing List active on Yahoo! Groups, set up and moderated by Tatiana, a regular contributor to this website. Check it out here...
9th September Some of the more eagle-eyed visitors to this site may have noticed an article in this month's Record Collector. The article was based around the cast and release of Oliver's next project 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. However, mention was made about an album of keyboard-backed poetry for this year's Armistice Day. We felt that we should let you know what this is about and as to why we hadn't mentioned it before....
Oliver was commissioned to write some incidental music for an album of World War One poetry readings. The work is due out as an album towards the end of the year and it is hoped that the readings along with some of the music will appear on Radio 4 on Armistice Day. Oliver has also written the incidental music for the other three CD's in the set; 'Love & Romance', 'Epics' and 'Nature & Pastoral'. This music, along with the 'Chakras' album, is commissioned work of which Oliver is proud, but does not consider to be solo albums and should not be treated as such. For the collectors or poetry lovers amongst you, we will keep you informed of all avenues of Oliver's involvement with these projects. Tim Jones, one of the editorial assistants of Record Collector, was present at the '3 Ages' launch party and had a lengthy chat with Oliver and also wrote a review of '3 Ages' for the magazine which is printed with Record Collector's kind permission.
8th September Work has begun on the booklet for the Hound of the Baskervilles album designed again by Opus Designs who did the '3 Ages of Magick' booklet. The artwork has been painted by noted artist Peter Pracownik who was also responsible for the latest Limp Bizkit album cover. This gave Oliver some kudos with his younger brother Luke and his friends and Oliver no longer feels quite so 'over the hill'!
1st September The recording for the 'Hound of the Baskervilles' album (Nolan & Wakeman) is pretty much done. Just a few more backing vocals, and some keyboard finishing touches to go; then it's time for the mix. Performers on the album so far have been...
Clive Nolan - keyboards and BVs
Oliver Wakeman - Keyboards
Karl Groom - Guitars
Arjen Lucassen - Guitars
Pete Banks - Guitars
John Jowitt - Bass
Peter Gee - Bass
Tony Fernandez - Drums
Robert Powell - Narrator
Bob Catley - vox
Tracy Hitchings - vox
Ian 'Moon' Gould - vox
Paul Allison - vox
Ashley Holt - vox
Michelle Young - vox
Ewa Albering - Flute
Jo Greenland - Violin
Paul Wrightson - BVs
23rd August All recording for the Hound album has now been finished and mixing has begin. Karl Groom (who mixed Jabberwocky and 3 Ages) is in the chair once again.
16th August Unfortunately it would appear that due to a clerical error, the US release date for 'The 3 Ages of Magick' previously advised on this website is now incorrect and we would like to apologise for this 'bum steer'. We have it on the best authority that the correct US release date for the album is now just under a month away, on the 11th September. For those of you who cannot wait, you can always order it via the Voiceprint website at www.voiceprint.co.uk.
14th August Oliver has been recording his piano parts for the 'Hound' at Thin Ice studios, where things are continuing to take shape. Peter Banks is due in to the studio shortly to lay down more guitars, followed by Ashley Holt of the Original English Rock Ensemble, who will be contributing vocals to the project.
23rd July The '3 Ages of Magick' is released in Europe today!
20th July Voiceprint have announced details of the US release of 'The 3 Ages of Magick' - it will be released in the States via distributor DNA, who supply all the major stores - with a release date of 14th August. The catalogue number will be different to the European RES144CD - it will be RSG2049. All major stores should stock this. DNA choose two titles per month from their releases (about 15) to concentrate their promotions on and they have chosen '3 Ages' as one of them! If you have trouble locating it for any reason you can always order it via the Voiceprint website at www.voiceprint.co.uk.

New Horizons have published a detailed review of 'The 3 Ages of Magick'. Click hereto be taken to their site.

Michelle Young, one of the backing vocalists on 'Jabberwocky' has completed a track for the 'Hound of the Baskervilles' project.
5th July "The 3 Ages of Magick" was officially launched last night at the 12 Bar Club in Central London's 'Tin Pan Alley'. The evening featured a 30 minute live set of some of the material from the album with a few other bits thrown in for good measure. The live set featured Oliver on Piano, Tim Buchanan on Acoustic Guitar and Tony Dixon on Whistles and Uilleann Pipe. The set list was as follows:
Intro theme - (new arrangement of the Ages of Magick)
A new piece with no title as yet!!!!!
Lutey and the Mermaid (from 3 Ages)
The Whales Last Dance (from 3 Ages)
She Moves Through the Fair (traditional)
Standing Stones (from 3 Ages)
Hy Breasail - outro theme (from 3 Ages)

A great time was had by all and the music was extremely well received. Oliver was ably supported by partner Lisa Dennison (who helped him endure the 7-hour journey from Devon), father Rick (shortly returned from doing a 'Return to the Centre of the Earth show with choir and orchestra in Canada) and all the members of the '3 Ages' band (with the exception of Steve Howe who was leaving early in the morning for the Yes tour and was unable to attend). Also there were many of Oliver's friends who had visited him for the show, Richard Hudson (Strawbs drummer and writer of the hit single Part of the Union), Clive Nolan (co-writer of the Jabberwocky album and the forthcoming 'Hound of the Baskervilles' album), Tracy Hitchings (singer on the Jabberwocky album), Anne Sudworth (album cover artist), Mike Philps (co-owner of the Opus Music with Oliver), Angus Walker (ITN political reporter often seen in the early hours of the morning making reports) and various magazine representatives - Martin Hudson (editor of the Wondrous Stories Magazine), Simon from New Horizons, Wayne Smith who runs the RWCC website & several chaps from the pro-audio company Allen & Heath.

The run up to the launch saw Oliver receiving loads of calls from various people who had been invited, but who were unable to make it - a couple of people Oliver was hoping to see were Bob Catley (caught up in the studio with the new Magnum Album), Oliver's brother Adam (co-incidentally at a launch party as part of the backing band for the new Lisa Stansfield album in Germany) and Oliver's mum who was unable to attend due to work commitments. The launch was viewed by all who saw it as a great start to the new album and we hope to start printing reviews of the album and the gig in the near future. Oliver would like to publicly thank Tony and Tim for making the journey to London with him to perform. Their help was very much appreciated.

Tracy Hitchings has recently been in to Thin Ice Studios to complete her vocals for the 'Hound' project. Arjen Luccassen (of Ayreon fame) has also added some more guitars to the album.

Inspired (hopefully) by the album launch he attended this week, Wayne Smith of the RWCC has added a '3 Ages' page including samples of the album. Click here to jump to it.

The Voiceprintwebsite now has '3 Ages' available to purchase, even though the official release is not until the 23rd of this month.
23rd June One month exactly to go before '3 Ages' is released!
16th June Martin Hudson of the Classic Rock Society has carried out an interview with Oliver which has some interesting insights into how the '3 Ages' album came about. The interview along with the first review can be found in next month's issue of 'Wondrous Stories' (July 2001). For details of obtaining a copy contact MHudsonrok@aol.com.
9th June Paul Allison is in Thin Ice studios recording his contributions to the 'Hound of the Baskervilles' album. Work has now resumed and a more rapid rate on this album now with the remainder of the recording scheduled to be finished over the summer. Mixing will take place towards the autumn and a release of early 2002 is planned. This actually works out very well for Oliver as the releases of all his albums looked as if they were all going to be practically the same date!!! They are now as follows:
'The 3 Ages of Magick' - Oliver Wakeman with Steve Howe - 23rd July 2001 - Resurgence
'Chakras' - Oliver Wakeman - October 2001 - Origins
'The Hound of the Baskervilles' - Oliver Wakeman & Clive Nolan - Early 2002 - Verglas
7th June Oliver and Steve met at Hatch Farm Studios in Chertsey (studio where various boy bands have been recorded) to be filmed answering questions about '3 Ages' for the American release. Some of the film will appear on the Voiceprint website (the group of companies of which Resurgence is a part), so keep visiting their site!
1st June The June 2001 issue of 'Wondrous Stories' featured an interview with Steve Howe. Part of the interview focused on the '3 Ages' project and Steve had this to say:
"Yes that was a nice project. Oliver played me some work that he wanted to do and said to me 'would you play some guitar on it?' So we started talked about how this could be done and how I might appear on a couple of tracks and suddenly the idea sort of grew. I could see how prepared he was and how much stuff he could do at home, which was colossal, on his keyboard set up. So he was generating this and then I said to him 'why don't I, instead of just playing guitar, work through all the songs with you and sort of suggest which should be in, what should be done and just give some guidance. Not so much musical or in the preparatory state but just adding ideas or subtracting things, so he'd have someone to spin off."
"He'd bring in a new track, we'd pull the track apart and he'd bring in another one and I was impressed with this. So we refined the tracks together and the next thing I know I'm on all of the tracks but in two different ways. I'm kind of a support player and play some things in the background and other tracks I come blaring out of the speakers, you know, I'm interacting with Oliver confrontationally there and it's quite exciting. I get quite a huge solo on Spanish guitar on the last track of the album so it's an interesting development for working with somebody whose seems to be familiar but the main reason I worked with Oliver is because he has his own version of what he wants to do. He's developing his own style and he's kind of wealthy as a music person and a terrific player. I think the album will hopefully be seen as his opening out album where he's kind of saying 'this is the kind of thing I'd like to do'. It's so much him and only on a few tracks do I play around purposely wanting him to be not competing with me at all. It's his album and I'm trying to help him with it and I think I kept that in mind all the time."
(Reprinted with permission.)
23rd May At long last we have news of an official release date for the '3 Ages of Magick'! In the UK at least, the launch date for this album is two months today, on the 23rd of July, and will be on the 'Resurgence' label.
22nd May Tony Fernandez is currently spending some time at Thin Ice Studios, recording his contribution to the 'Hound of the Baskervilles' album.
25th April Oliver has recently been commissioned to write the theme for an audio quiz CD - more news on this when we have it!

Contracts for '3 Ages' have been signed - a release date should only be a matter of days away!

'Chakras' has been given a proposed release date of October - details of the label and exact date to follow when we have them...

At long last work has resumed on the 'Mothers Ruin' project. Oliver is hoping to make this his next major project. We must point out though that the project is still in its early stages and Oliver has all the promotional work involved in 3 Ages and Chakras to deal with along with the finishing of the Hound of the Baskervilles so don't hold your breath for a quick release - but there should be plenty to satisfy your voracious appetites in the meantime!
23rd April The Oliver Wakeman Website wins the '2001-2002 Golden Web Award'.
4th April Arjen Luccassen (Ayreon - The Electric Castle) has recorded a guitar solo for the Hound of the Baskervilles.
31st March The commissioned recording 'Chakras' is now complete, having been mastered this week by Rob Aubrey at Nomansland. The finished package has been delivered to the publisher and we will let you know release information as soon as we have it.
29th March The '3 Ages of Magick' is nearing its final stages of release. The cover layout is almost finished and we hope to have a release date for you in the very near future. The new '3 Ages of Magick' website section will be up and running very soon.

Due to the workload that Oliver and Clive Nolan are experiencing at the moment, the 'Hound of the Baskervilles' album is not going to be released in May as originally expected, and it is anticipated that the release will now be in the Autumn. This album is very special to Oliver and Clive who have put a lot of hard work into the album and want to make sure it gets the attention to detail that it deserves. Watch this space for news of the album as it develops!

Oliver, whilst finishing the 3 Ages album, was approached to write a Relaxation/New Age album based on the Seven 'Chakras', energy centres within the body. Oliver has been working on this album for the last two months. The album is a very mellow affair and has been warmly received by all who have heard it. The music is similar in style to 'The Dolphins Dream' on the Heaven's Isle album released in 1997. The album has been mastered by Rob Aubrey who was responsible for the mastering of 'The 3 Ages of Magick'. Oliver is extremely pleased with the results and we will have more news about the release of this album when we get it.
20th February The '3 Ages' Album is due to be mastered this week by Rob Aubrey at Nomansland.
18th February Bob Catley, who played "The Boy" on 'Jabberwocky', has been into the Thin Ice Studios to record his contribution to the 'Hound of the Baskervilles'. Bob's vocals feature on four of the tracks on the Hound project.
30th January We are now able to confirm that Steve Howe is the mystery guitarist on the new Oliver Wakeman album "The 3 Ages of Magick". This album has now been mixed and we hope to have a pre-release copy very soon. Steve, who is also the executive producer, has been working closely with Oliver on the album since 1998. The recording was completed in late 2000 and the mixing responsibilities handled by Karl Groom (who also mixed 'Jabberwocky') at Thin Ice Studios. The cover artwork has been supplied by Anne Sudworth, a respected fantasy artist who has recently had her work published in a Paper Tiger book.
The personnel line-up is as follows:
Oliver Wakeman - Keyboards, Pianos & Hammond Organ
Steve Howe - Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Steel Guitar
Dave Wagstaffe - Drums & Percussion
Tim Buchanan - Fretted & Fretless Bass
Tony Dixon - Uillean Pipes, Whistles & Flutes
Jo Greenland - Violin
14th January 2001 We are pleased to announce that fantasy artist Anne Sudworth is providing the artwork for "The 3 Ages of Magick". Her work can be viewed at http://www.annesudworth.co.uk.
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