The Legend of King Arthur is a BBC series that tells the classic story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table
Runtime: 30 minutes
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The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is the third solo album from the English keyboardist Rick Wakeman, released in March 1975 on A&M Records. His third rock concept album, Wakeman based it on the legend of King Arthur and various figures and events associated with him including Guinevere, Lancelot, and Merlin. He started on the album following his heart attack in July 1974, and recorded it with his five-piece band The English Rock Ensemble, the New World Orchestra, and the English Chamber Choir. King Arthur received mostly positive reviews, though some labelled it a symbol of progressive rock excess. It reached number 2 on the UK Albums Chart and number 21 on the US Billboard 200. It was certified Gold in the US, Brazil, Japan, and Australia. The album was promoted with a world tour in 1975 that included three shows at Wembley Arena performed as an ice show, the last time it was performed in its entirety until 2016. The album was reissued in 2015 with a LP Quadrophonic mix, and re-recorded in 2016 with additional parts previously removed from the original score due to time constraints.
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Upon his return to England from his North American tour, Wakeman and his band retreated to Morgan Studios in Willesden, London to record King Arthur from 10 October 1974 to 10 January 1975. The line-up of Wakeman's band had changed by the time of recording, with Gary Pickford-Hopkins and Ashley Holt on lead vocals, Jeffrey Crampton on acoustic and electric guitars, Roger Newell on bass, Barney James on drums, and John Hodgson on percussion. They were joined by the New World Orchestra, an ensemble formed by musicians picked by David Katz that included members of the London Symphony Orchestra, conductor David Measham, the English Chamber Choir with choirmaster Guy Protheroe, and the Nottingham Festival Vocal Group. Before recording could begin, the band had to wait for their equipment to be transported from the US and repaired, after the roadies had damaged the flight cases carrying their instruments. Rehearsals then took place for around two and a half weeks. An early idea for the album had engineer Paul Tregurtha inform Wakeman that what he wanted was “technically impossible”, partly due to the lack of available tracks on the recording machine to produce his desired final mix. Wakeman encountered some difficulty with the songwriting as many of the stories described in the books gave different accounts. After reading eight books himself, he picked the details he found the most “colourful” which included taking a passage from a children's book on the subject. He settled on four widely known stories and two lesser known, and proceeded to adapt them to music and lyrics. Much of the album was based around the three swords based around the legend: the sword Arthur pulled out from the stone and anvil, the Excalibur which some believe was instead handed to Arthur by the Lady of the Lake, and the one associated to Galahad. Wakeman wrote violin arrangements on “Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight” that were so fast for the players, biographer Dan Wooding wrote they “collapsed with laughter”. After some false starts, they played the music correctly after Wakeman instructed them they play twice as fast as he originally wanted. “I thought I'd teach the ones who were cocky a lesson”.
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