Album of the Week: Gastank Box Set on PledgeMusic

Album of the Week: Gastank Box Set on PledgeMusic

Gastank was an English television show that aired between 1982–1983 in the United Kingdom on Channel 4 hosted by former Yes keyboard maestro Rick Wakeman.

The show featured a mix of interviews with 1970s musicians and impromptu performances where the guest artist would join Wakeman and his house band in playing re-arranged versions of their classic songs, or entirely new pieces created for the show.

The format was very informal with the setting likened to a bar where Wakeman would interview the guest over a drink or two followed by their performance in front of a small studio audience sitting in groups at tables.

Wakeman would frequently cite the show as an opportunity for musicians from different bands to get the opportunity to work together. During its run, the show featured guests as diverse Ian_Paice, Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle, Godley and Creme, Eric Burdon and Phil Lynott.

Verdict: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Aston, Wakeman, Status Quo perform Little Lady and Rain and Rick Parfitt has a chat with Rick Wakeman on Gastank on the 15th January 1983.

Quote from Rick

For many years, many of you have been asking us to release this material from the show I presented with Tony Ashton back in the early 80’s. Gastank was an opportunity for iconic musicians from different bands to get the opportunity to perform live together. 

I can now happily announce that much of Gastank is now available . I hope it brings back memories and for those not around when the programmes went out , enjoy some unique performances.

The limited edition, signed 3-CD box set includes never before released on CD. Performances taken from the 80’s TV show.

Track Listing

CD 1

  • Gastank theme – Rick & the band
  • Little Lady – Rick Parfitt & Rick’s band
  • Rain – Rick Parfitt & Rick’s band
  • Catherine Howard – Rick Wakeman
  • Raggy – Tony Ashton
  • He Give Up To – The Cimarrons
  • Cigarettes! – Tony Ashton.
  • Heart Attack – Eric Burden, Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • Trying to Get Back to You – Eric Burden, Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • R & R medley/BeBop a Lula – Eric Burden,Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • Aeroplane – Tony Ashton
  • Man Smart, Woman Smarter – Andy Fairweather Low, Godley & Creme & Rick’s band
  • Wide Eyed and Legless. – Andy Fairweather Low, Godley & Creme & Rick’s band
  • In the midnight hour. – Andy Fairweather Low, Godley & Creme & Rick’s band
  • Gerrard street. – Ronnie Scott & Rick’s band
  • The Six Wives (medley) – Rick Wakeman & band
  • Blackpool’s 1st Twist Victim – Maggie Bell, Tony Ashton & Rick’s band
  • Crazy – Maggie Bell & Rick’s band

CD2

  • TV Set – Tony Ashton
  • Growing Up – Phil Lynott, John Sykes & Rick’s band
  • The Man’s Fool – Phil Lynott, John Sykes & Rick’s band
  • Keyboard Improv – Rick Wakeman & Tony Ashton
  • Mellow Yellow – Donovan & Rick’s band
  • Le Nya – Donovan & Rick’s band
  • Staring Outta Windows – Chris Farlowe, Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • Stormy Monday Blues – Chris Farlowe, Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • Lucille – Chris Farlowe, Alvin Lee, Ian Paice, Rick Parfitt & Rick’s band
  • I May be Wrong, But I Won’t be Wrong Always – Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • Tell Me Baby What’s on Your Mind – Alvin Lee & Rick’s band
  • Rick intro
  • Resurrection Shuffle – Ian Paice, Harry Casie & Rick’s band
  • Possibly – Ian Paice, Harry Casie & Rick’s band
  • My Babe – Suzie Quatro, Steve Hackett (harmonica) & Rick’s band
  • CC Rider – Suzie Quatro, Steve Hackett (harmonica) & Rick’s band

CD3

  • Mr Soft – Steve Harley & Rick’s band
  • The Hangman – The Strawbs & Rick’s band
  • Elgin Mansions – Rick Wakeman
  • Jam & The Blues – Tony Ashton, Rick & the band
  • Twist & Shout – John Entwistle, Ricks band
  • Go America – John Entwistle, Steve Harley, Rick and the band
  • California Man – Roy Wood, Rick and the band
  • I Got My Eyes on You – Roy Wood, Rick and the band
  • Gone But Not Forgotten – Rick Wakeman
  • He’ll Have to Go – Frankie Millar & Rick’s band
  • My Soul Wants to be With Jah – The Cimarrons
  • Camino Royale – Steve Hackett
  • Hackett’s Bogie!! – Steve Hackett + Rick and the band
  • Beside the Seaside – Tony Ashton
  • Instrumental. – Rick & his band
  • Gastank – Tony Ashton