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Rick Wakeman


Symphonic Prog

3.73 | 343 ratings

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Tony Fisher
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1 stars All I can say is that I bought this on the day of issue based on the strength of Six Wives. I played it once and that was the last time it left its sleeve until 30 years later when I listened to it to write this. It sounds worse now than it did then; pompous, pretentious and overblown. Sure the orchestra play well, but the material is uninspiring, some of the band's playing is mediocre, especially the vocals, and no matter how good Wakeman is, he can't salvage it. The narration is fairly tedious (no reflection on David Hemmings, a fine actor) and the whole thing comes out as the sort of mess that made some people laugh at prog. And that gave us punk and the death of many fine prog bands (Druid for one). Thanks a bundle.
Tony Fisher | 1/5 |


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