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Rick Wakeman


Symphonic Prog

3.75 | 232 ratings

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2 stars I was astonished to see how many albums of Wakeman ProgArchives collected so far! This guy even beats Zappa in number of releases, thus setting a real example of a hyperproduction! So the question is: how many of these albums are really worth hearing? I wonder is there any Wakeman fan owning a complete set? Now, about "Criminal Record" - it is not bad, it is still 70s era and prog masters are hanging around, trying to offer more ideas left over from the peak period of the genre and they usually fail. But here are two good compositions: "Statue of Justice" and "Judas Iscariot", opening and closing the album. The rest are uninventive keyboard play arounds, although "Breathalyser" is interesting blues-like number featuring vocals. I always preferred "Six Wives" or "Journey to Center of the Earth" to this one, which is listenable but really unimportant issue, while the Wakeman's overloaded catalogue makes it even less worth mentioning. For fans only.
Seyo | 2/5 |


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