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SIMPLY ACOUSTIC (VHS)

Rick Wakeman

 

Symphonic Prog

4.05 | 3 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars Apart from the fact that this concert was filmed in a church and that it was published by a company called Hope Vision there is not really anything much religious about it. Rick himself though, states on his website that you'll like this only if you have a faith and also have a broad mind as to where you think religion should be coming from. If you don't then avoid this one like the plague!!!! (www.rwcc.com). I don't agree with him on the first part. I am a devout atheist myself and love this video! If you like Rick's piano playing, and if you can get passed the religious references, you'll love this one too.

The concert is just Rick on a grand piano. The performances are all wonderful! The set list is amazing and it includes songs by The Strawbs, Cat Stevens, David Bowie, Yes and ABWH, as well as songs from Rick's solo albums. And to top it all, Rick tells jokes and stories between every song. The stories are about topics such as Jon Anderson's alien behaviour; how much Rick got paid when he recorded Morning Has Broken with Cat Stevens; David Bowie's song-writing technique and how Rick was arrested for driving with too much alcohol in his blood.

My only complaint is that Rick keeps touching his nose all the time during the stories! Why Rick? This is more annoying than the religious connotations! Otherwise, this is a fantastic video. I hope they release it on DVD one day.

I ordered this VHS video from Rick's own website for only 5 and I received it only 4 days after I placed my order! If you like Rick's grand piano playing I urge you to do the same.

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |

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