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Rick Wakeman


Symphonic Prog

3.57 | 470 ratings

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3 stars This is a pretty decent album for Rick Wakeman and that says a lot considering the quality of some of Wakeman's later albums!

The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table marks a definite improvement compared to Journey To The Centre Of The Earth in the vocals performance. The performances here fit nicely in regard to the instrumental passages and, surprisingly enough, even the the narration actually manages to adds nice mythical atmosphere to the overall feel of this album.

So why would I still be giving it the good, but non-essential rating? Well, to tell you the truth there aren't any real stand-out tracks for me here, that is with the slight exception of The Last Battle that builds up a great finale towards the end. Merlin The Magician is one track that I actually think slightly ruins the overall mood because it's here that Wakeman really lets his ego out by playing some of the most over-the-top instrumental sections that sound very much out of place compared to the rest of the material. I also dislike the panning effect that dominates the ending section of that particular composition. Sir Galahad also starts off with an out of place instrumental intro but the second part of the track really makes up for that minor flaw.

The end of The Last Battle makes this performance seem better that what it actually is, but this feeling starts to fade away with every repeated listen and what I'm left with is just another good, but non-essential release.

**** star songs: Arthur (7:26) Lady Of The Lake (0:45) Guinevere (6:45) Sir Lancelot And The Black Knight (5:21) Sir Galahad (5:51) The Last Battle (9:41)

*** star songs: Merlin The Magician (8:51)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |


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