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Rick Wakeman


Symphonic Prog

4.09 | 834 ratings

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5 stars This progressive rock record is very keyboards oriented: this record is among the Yes keyboardist's best one. Wakeman imagines the biography of the 6 wives of Henry VIII through a beautiful, elegant, melodic, classic music. He uses tons of vintage keyboards: piano, organ & church organ, moog, mellotron, harpsichord among others. The style has nothing to do with the Yes' Close to the edge and Fragile albums: there are no lead singers: there are rather a couples of beautiful female choirs, very well suited for the album theme. There are some pleasant bells sounds. There are some electric & acoustic guitar parts, but they are very discrete and in the background, in order to yield the way to the spectacular keyboards. However, the drums and electric bass are very present, often fast and elaborated. The extremely progressive "Catherine Howard" is ABSOLUTELY outstanding from A to Z! Some members of Yes, especially the drummers Alan White and Bill Bruford, participate to the music.


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