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Rick Wakeman


Symphonic Prog

4.09 | 834 ratings

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4 stars In a word: "sweeeeet"

Wakeman's debut is fresh and enticing - a dazzling display of keyboard wizardry with the weight of a gifted band of musicians behind him (including Yes colleagues Squire, Howe and Bruford). Even given the hit-and-miss songwriting found on later Wakeman albums, "6 Wives" is surprisingly consistent and keeps your fingers away from the stop button - mainly because there's no lyrics and no vocals (Rick's weakness IMO).

For the prog-rock newbie, however, "6 Wives" can be considered somewhere towards the deep end. It takes a good few listens before you really begin to appreciate it but, saying that, if you like the short extracts on Yes' "Yessongs" (highly recommended for the prog newbie), there's no reason why you won't enjoy the album.

It's certainly one of the best Wakeman solo offerings I've heard (given their number, life is far too short to play them all :-D) and so far it's the one I believe showcases his keyboard skills best.

coldsun | 4/5 |


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