The Six Wives Of Henry VIII

Release date
26 Jan 1987
Running length
6 tracks
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5 Anne Boleyn 'The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended' 6:37 7,299
6 Catherine Parr 7:08 22,499

About this album

The Six Wives of Henry VIII is the title of a 1973 concept album by progressive rock keyboard player Rick Wakeman. It was his first solo album released in the US, though several other members of the band Yes, to which Wakeman belonged at the time, appeared on various tracks.

The compositions are Wakeman’s impression, in music, in the European Classical tradition, of each of Henry VIII’s six wives. The album performed respectably on the charts, and is viewed as one of Wakeman’s strongest solo works.

An updated (2009) version titled “The Six Wives of Henry VII - Live at Hampton Court Palace” has the additional tracks “Tudorture”, “Defender of the Faith” (based on Henry VIII) and “Tudorock”, and different and expanded arrangements of the tracks original to the 1973 album.

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  • lihei


    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • headgear56

    Simply an awesome album.

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • wendell3

    I would argue that Criminal Record is the better album, but this is a classic indeed.

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    This album is an awesome milestone of the whole progressive rock history, inspired many other musicians at that time and todays.

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • activewaste

    I have to say that Catherine Parr is my favourite, and who can resist the awesome grove on Anne of Cleves, but all pieces on this album is noteworthy. Great album.

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Nonliin

    Wakeman's best

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Rodrigo-TAS

    Jane Seymour!

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Darkhorse74

    Mi favorito!!!!. Pedazo clasico!

    1 Aug 2010 Reply

    ¡Pedazo de disco!

    27 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Spec3

    This is my second fav LP or CD what ever you perfer from the Master Rick Wakeman My fav is King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

    13 Jun 2010 Reply
  • pualzibang

    The concert at Hampton Court Palace was amazing. Specially when Rick played the church organ... and when he played Tudorock with his son Adam!

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • xmirkkax


    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • GrizzlyMike

    Beautiful music to match Jane Seymour's beauty.

    4 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Cher_vlad

    Wonderful music!

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
  • spideman

    i am impressed

    12 Jul 2009 Reply
  • nicolasbj


    28 Jun 2009 Reply
  • douglasharr

    Always liked Journey to the Center of the Earth more than Six Wives but never had the chance to see Rick with orchestra and choir until he performed Six Wives at the castle of Henry the VIII this month. Absolute thrill of a lifetime - and yes, Jane Seymour was the best as Rick ascended a staircase in gold cape to play on a mock full church organ - full review here:

    31 May 2009 Reply
  • dscaini

    the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! d

    16 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Timicianu

    Not Bad...

    26 Feb 2009 Reply
  • lgrawe

    hab mich ma in meine "alten Zeiten" zurückversetzt..... war schon gut

    13 Nov 2008 Reply
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