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Rick Wakeman


Symphonic Prog

3.00 | 14 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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3 stars The musical curriculum vitae from keyboard virtuoso Rick Wakeman is both impressive as whimsical, some albums are refused by second-hand record shops because they won't sell (no names!). After a turbulent life with alcohol abuse, several divorces and megalomaniac behavior, Rick Wakeman has turned into a decent and loving father, peacefully living between his beloved wife, children and lots of animals on The Isle Of Man. The music on this album is in the vein of this pleasant and balanced life. Wakeman delivers his marvellous acoustic pianoplay but he is playing more electronic instruments than on Classical Connection I. This evokes the 'polished classic progrock' from Sky (in "Art", "Soul" and the strong "Opus") but also Trace in "Farandol" (from Bizet) featuring Bill Bruford, Chris Squire and Steve Howe (on acoustic guitar). My highlight is the version from The Beatles their known piece "Eleanor Rigby": lots of varietion and great guitarplay by David Paton along bombastic keyboards from Rick Wakeman. A more varied and exciting album than Classical Connection I.
erik neuteboom | 3/5 |


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