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Rick Wakeman - Rick Wakeman And The English Rock Ensemble: Live in Buenos Aires (DVD) CD (album) cover


Rick Wakeman


Symphonic Prog

3.97 | 18 ratings

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4 stars Watching this DVD is something that brings good memory for me personally. Thanks Erik for adding this live DVD in this set. This live performance by keyboard master is very similar with the performance of Rick Wakeman and English Rock Ensemble couple of years ago - to be exact on 21 February 2002 - in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was my first experience watching the show "real" after I have been listening to Rick's music for 29 years. It's a worth it as the live performance was awesome and I was at the front row, Rick's wing and had a chance being photographed on stage. This live set has almost the same line-up; only the guitarist has changed but it does not change the overall quality of this live DVD.

I really enjoy watching this DVD as Rick performed his classics from Arthur "Lancelot and the Black Knight" (5' 24") as the show opener and followed excellently with excerpts from "Six Wives" album "Catherine Howard/Catherine of Aragon" (12' 0") . I can see here that the band plays this live set more dynamically especially with the energetic stage act of Ant Glynne whom reminds me to Japanese guitarist for HTP (Hughes and Turner Project). Tony Fernandez also plays his drums with energy and passion. "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" (16' 16") is also performed in almost the same style like The Hammersmith live performance. The only thing that I miss so much is my all-time favorite Rick Wakeman's song "The Prisoner" from the "No Earthly Connection" album. It was performed wonderfully in Jakarta but I don't know why it is not featured here. In terms of lead vocal, I prefer Ashley Holt's voice than Damian Wilson who does not seem to fit with Rick's music - he has less power, as Erik said.

Recommended. Keep on proggin' .!

Gatot | 4/5 |


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