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Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives Of Henry VIII - Live At Hampton Court Palace (DVD) CD (album) cover


Rick Wakeman


Symphonic Prog

3.77 | 48 ratings

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4 stars I Borrowed this release from a friend last week, since then I gave it a lot of spins, even got the audio extracted and put on CD to listen in the car. Although I'm a RW fan, I rate only a few albums of his solo output as good or great. Six Wives, Journey, Unearthly Connection, Criminal Record re the best in my opinion. And of course his contribution to YES, with a great highlight on Going For The One. Live albums I find mostly mediocre, mostly because of soundrecording or bandquality. RW is always playing very nice. This albums is in my top 3 of RW live albums and I think it's going to be number one in time. The other two will be Out of the Blue and Live at Hammersmith. The setting for this particular concert is really great, as was intended to be back in 1973, when Six Wives was released. And oh boy, I love it. It's majestic, bombastic, emotional even humurous at times. RW is playing very inspirated, and of course very fast in soloing, but the band, orchestra and choir are also in great form. The soundrecording is great.... well what else can I say about this one.. Highlights are Jane Seymour (great organ!!!) and the Henry VIII track Defender Of The Faith. Very much recommended! 4 stars.
Atykin | 4/5 |


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