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Rick Wakeman

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3 stars Well, I thought, I'm a sometime Wakeman fan and its getting near Christmas; so I saw this available and thought I'd give it a go. I was mistakenly under the impression it was entirely piano, but there's large amounts of synth. Its not unpleasant but the best pieces are those that are piano led, in particular track 3, Christmas is coming, one that I'm not familiar with. RW adds some nice touches; the album never (quite) descends into elevator music because Wakey plays like he really cares about the music. However it is in truth, average at best.

Head says 2 stars; heart says 3 - heart wins, it being this time of year!

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Posted Monday, December 3, 2007 | Review Permalink
3 stars 'Tis the season, and what better way to usher it in than to listen to the Caped One's renditions of classic Christmas songs.

In this album, Rick takes some of the most insipid and simplistic Christmas songs, translates them into a classical style with a dominant keyboard sound and let;s you enjoy the tasty sonic goodness. Old standards such as "Away in the Manger" and "Silent Night" are practically unrecognizable after Rick gets through reworking them, and that';s a good thing. Rick is well known for "classifying" simple tunes (usually in the style of a specific composer) but here he seems to have put a bit more thought into arrangements than normal.

Three stars, but a very very likeable three stars.

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Posted Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | Review Permalink

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