The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Rick Wakeman is a 1972 instrumental concept album that tells the story of the six wives of King Henry VIII. The album is a showcase for Wakeman’s virtuoso keyboard skills, and it features a wide range of musical styles, including progressive rock, folk, classical, and even jazz.
Wakeman uses his keyboards to create a vivid and evocative portrait of each of Henry’s wives. For example, the song “Catherine of Aragon” is a majestic and stately piece that captures the grandeur of Catherine’s court. The song “Anne Boleyn” is a more lively and playful piece that reflects Anne’s youthful exuberance. And the song “Catherine Howard” is a dark and dramatic piece that reflects the tragic end of Catherine’s life.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII is a truly epic album. It is a challenging and rewarding listen, and it is one of the finest examples of instrumental progressive rock ever recorded.