In the Rick Wakeman segment of last Saturday’s Odds & Sods, I discussed his comeback album: 1984. It was released in 1981 and was a collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita fame. It’s almost as if Keith Emerson had collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein.
Oddly enough, Wakeman did not like Orwell’s book but made the concept album anyway. There’s no accounting for taste.
The album art was done by the ubiquitous Hipgnosis:
Here’s Rick Wakeman performing 1984 live:
What? No cape?