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THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII

Rick Wakeman

 

Symphonic Prog

4.06 | 562 ratings

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4 stars The original sound that's been copied a thousand times.

Yes has created great stuff, but at the same time restrained so much the core of the musicians that albums like this one had to be liberating for Wakeman. And boy, to me it's a real surprise because I started with the imitations and threw the Grand Master on the other side of the room, claiming not having to do with Yes.

But was I surprised when I heard it, well, this is a solo project with limited Yes atmospheres!

Wakeman had the luxury of knowing some of the best rock musicians of the early 70's, so he called pals and got major back-up, especially in the bass and drums departement. The concept is very appealing and original, althought he precised that he played by a personnal conception of the characters in relation to the keyboard instruments. So it's not completely historical after all...quickly forgiven as soon as it plays!

I started by Trace, then moved to Triumvirat then switched to Pär Lindh Project. Honestly, I could frankly pinpoint precise sequences that proves that all three had their influences with this album.

More accessible than Trace, more challenging than Triumvirat, Wakeman's Six Wifes of Henry VIII has charm and panache...an for such a lower price!

Menswear | 4/5 |

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