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OUT THERE

Rick Wakeman

 

Symphonic Prog

3.82 | 103 ratings

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wbiphoto
4 stars I have the DVD version of this project and will be getting the CD in the future. For now, my review is of the DVD.

For starters, the animation is not top shelf. Compared to the Minds' Eye series Out There is, well, honestly, amateurish.But, I understand that these projects can get very expensive so I'm not going to harp on about the video quality and animation. It's serves a purpose and the NASA sound and video clips are OK for the nostalgic in all of us.

That being said, the music is SUPERB! This is one of THE BEST prog bands in the world. RICK WAKEMAN has put together his best ensemble since leaving YES. I can't imagine any serious WAKEMAN fan saying otherwise.

Ant Glynne can play the guitar as well as anyone in prog. The few times he lets it rip he shreds like the best of the best. Most of the time, though, he's reduced to a power chord comping role, helping to keep the rhythm section tight and punchy.

For you bass aficionados, the bonus features of the DVD show a live concert clip of Lee Pomeroy playing some NASTY, NASTY bass.

Tony Fernandez is pretty much another limb growing out of Wakeman. The two have been making music for several decades that the two men move as one unit. Tony's drumming is flawless, as usual.

The vocals are along the heavy metal upper register flavor. I'm not a big fan of that style, but I have to admit that Damian Wilson can sign his tail off! After a while the vocals are a bit fatiguing for my taste, but I can appreciate the talent that this man has.

Finally, RICK WAKEMAN. What can be said? He's the master of symphonic prog. IMO, he has mastered symphonic prog like no other artist or band. His tasteful use of B3 and piper organs in a heavy rock setting are sublime.

You will be treated to an excellent mix of digital and analog synths, featuring Rolands, GEMS and Moog Voyager. RW's soloing is restrained and never so overbearing that it takes over the music. Perhaps that is the biggest plus of this band, namely, that they operate as a UNIT.

An EASY FOUR STARS and an excellent symphonic prog effort.

wbiphoto | 4/5 |

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