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Rick Wakeman

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2 stars Album that shows Rick Wakeman's grand piano skills. Nothing Progressive here. That could end this review, but let's add some more thoughts.

From this tracklist, what could we expect. When Jordan Rudess did similar thing, only with Dream Theater's song one year ago, it was more Prog than this collection of classical music (& few others) covers. We know what this album is about, Rick knew it as well.

3(-), nice homage to his classical education, quite enjoyable, because this music can be interesting to listen from time to time, but really nothing revolutionary, not by far. Hell, this is not even trying to be and as I said, we all know it.

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Posted Friday, May 7, 2010 | Review Permalink
4 stars Has any one individual released more albums than Rick Wakeman? I don't suspect so, indeed I sometimes wonder if Rick himself actually has a copy of each album he has released. "Always With You" is most practically a prog rock musician demonstrating what he can do in the classical arena. 10 songs written by others and interpreted by Rick combined with 2 Wakeman originals. Based on the titles chosen here this could almost fit under the category Rick lists on his website as "Christian".

The album is both brilliant and enjoyable. For those who have friends that do not understand prog rock, or worse yet think "rock musicians have no talent" this album can provide a wonderful way of introducing them to an alternative view.

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Posted Sunday, January 16, 2011 | Review Permalink

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