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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

3.84 | 58 ratings

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4 stars Just finished watching the Blue Ray version in gorgeous HD. Six Wives has long been one of my favourite keyboard albums notable not just for Rick's superlative technique but also for the quality of the compositions. The original album is possibly the only truly succesfull classic/rock crossover with Yes drummers (Bill Bruford and Alan White) supplying powerfull support along with other great musicians such as Chas Cronk. For this particular live interpretation Rick settled on good quality if not very exciting musicians such as the solid Tony Fernandez on drums and his son Adam supplying extra keyboards. Adding orchestra and choir adds a sense of occasion but also seems to dilute the power as everything is played at a stately pace.Perhaps therein lies the problem. This is a great concert with proper classical credentials but sadly the real dynamics and power contained on the 1973 studio album have flown out the window .Its certainly fun in places but also a little creaky.There is also just too much settling into a repititive groove on some extended parts that feels like padding. My personal reservations aside this is an extremely polished and well recorded live DVD and I doubt very much whether there is anything else out there that can satisfy fans of symphonic keyboard based prog as well as this does.
richardh | 4/5 |


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