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RICK WAKEMAN AND THE ENGLISH ROCK ENSEMBLE: LIVE IN BUENOS AIRES (DVD)

Rick Wakeman

 

Symphonic Prog

4.03 | 13 ratings

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genbanks
4 stars A great concert with a good set list. The only problem is that sometimes the Rick's keyboard is not in front enough in the mixing (unless for my taste). Some of the live tracks versions are superb and someother not at all. But the show as a visual enterteinmet is very good.

The highlights are

Catherine Howard: Great version playing with much soul by Rick. Far better than the original one (and longer)

Journey to the centre of the earth: I never liked so much the original album of this epic, mostly because the narrator, and because seems to be too long. This live version condenses all in 16 minutes, and sounds great. The keys by Rick are fantastic and the Damian Wilson voice fits well.

1984: A new version which combines the Overture with The Hymn in a good way. The track starts with Wilson singing the Hymn (very well) and then continues in the Overture, in which the begining is memorable.

Starship trooper: The first half, with Damian Wilson in voice is not a great thing, but the second half, with Adam Wakeman in the keyboard guitar and Rick with his historical solo is outstanding.

The others tracks are well performed but nothing exceptional. Merlin the magician is good but I don't like so much the version of Lancelot, it lacks of solemnity. Cahterine Parr is good but no more than this. I don't like the songs The Visit and Buried Alive.

As a progressive rock show it's an excellent addition. 4 stars.

genbanks | 4/5 |

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