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2.52 | 36 ratings | 3 reviews | 6% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. International Flag (2:12)
2. The Dove (Opening Ceremony) (2:36)
3. Wayward Spirit (3:20)
4. Latin Reel (theme From G'olé) (2:44)
5. Red Island (5:04)
6. Spanish Holiday (2:43)
7. No Possibla (2:54)
8. Shadows (3:38)
9. Black Pearls (2:52)
10. Frustration (3:10)
11. Spanish Montage (2:46)
12. G'Olé (2:54)

Total time 36:53

Line-up / Musicians

- Rick Wakeman / keyboards, piano, harpsichord, Korg synth, sequencing, arranger & producer

- Mitch Dalton / acoustic guitars
- Jackie McAuley / acoustic guitars
- Tony Fernandez / drums

Releases information

Soundtrack for the documentary of the 1982 FIFA World Cup held in Spain, directed by Tom Clegg

LP Charisma ‎- CAS 1162 (1983, UK)

CD Music Fusion ‎- MFVP123CD (2006, UK)

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RICK WAKEMAN G'Olé ! (OST) ratings distribution

(36 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(6%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
Collectors/fans only (44%)
Poor. Only for completionists (14%)

RICK WAKEMAN G'Olé ! (OST) reviews

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Review by greenback
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3 stars "G'olé" is WAKEMAN's worst album. The formula is short and simple songs. Sometimes the bass is accentuated and I think it is synthesized. The sound is very artificial, like the 1984 record, the keyboards are modern but they sound bland, without real refinement. Some songs are rythmic full of percussions, giving some fiesta atmosphere. The piano parts are better, but WAKEMAN here is not at his best. There are some backing vocals like church choir, but I think it is completely irrelevant here. Do not expect another Judas Iscariot song here. The songs often have a slow rythm and it seems to go nowhere. The songs are even not catchy at all: mostly they won't retain your attention. There is even an experimental bit, which is COMPLETELY awful! Nevertheless there is a good track: a good combination of Spanish? guitar and harpsichord, which tries to make you believe WAKEMAN is transformed into a MIKE OLDFIELD. In conclusion, refinement and subtlety are rare here.
Review by Zitro
1 stars Rick Wakeman, A legendary brilliant and vituosic keyboard player and songwriter. Composer of classic works such as 'Gone But Not Forgotten', "Merlin', 'Judas', and 'Catherine of Aragon'. He is rivaled only by Keith Emerson in skills. He also is a vital member of Yes who helped make the band symphonic with classical keyboard orchestrations.

So, what gift of genius does he present us? An extremely lifeless and bland instrumental soundtrack with some of the worst synths I have ever heard. The songs are extremely simple and straight-forward which can be very boring to listen to more than once. They are either mellow sleep-inducers with no hints of good melodies, or happy bouncy terrible tunes.

Avoid this album!! It is the soundtrack of the world cup in which my country emerged champions, yet I still pass a horrible time when I spin this disc.

Wakeman failed to make the goal ...

Latest members reviews

5 stars It seems that most fans praise highly Wakeman's early great works like The Wives and The Journey and this album is best forgotten. For me the opposite is true. I think his early masterpieces are mechanical and monotonous compared to this delicate joyful piece of magic. The only song that f ... (read more)

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