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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Pachelbel - Canon in D
2. Birdman of Alcatraz
3. Catherine Howard / Catherine of Aragon
4. Seasons of Change
5. Jane Seymour
6. The Nursery Rhyme Concerto '
7. Children of Chernobyl
8. The Recollection / Dance of a Thousand Lights
9. And You and I / Wondrous Stories
10. Guinevere / Lancelot and the Black Knight
11. Help / Eleanor Rigby
12. Clair de Lune

Line-up / Musicians

- Rick Wakeman / keyboards

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
4 stars This DVD features Rick in a one man show; no band and no vocalist either. The fact that he is all alone on stage seems to focus his playing and display his enormous talent more than ever. His playing here is fantastic and the DVD features great sound and picture quality as well as many zoomed in moments on his fingers.

Between songs Rick tells stories and jokes. He is a funny guy too!

The pieces of music he chooses to perform are exceptional too - he performs selections from his most well known albums including Journey to the Centre of the earth, The Six Wives of Henry IIX and King Arthur as well as Birdman Of Alcatraz from Criminal Record. In addition to this he plays songs of Yes, The Beatles and some classical music. The Yes songs are not very interesting as instrumentals but the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby is given a radically different and very interesting arrangement.

This DVD is highly recommended for Wakeman fans.

Review by Neu!mann
3 stars Rick Wakeman's year 2000 UK tour is documented here on both CD and DVD, in an attractive twin package immodestly titled "The Legend, Live in Concert". Recognizing his keen sense of self-deprecating humor, I imagine the ex-YES keyboard wizard probably had a good laugh at that.

Normally I would recommend the more lasting pleasures of the audio disc over a concert DVD, which doesn't always reward repeated plays. But in this case the opposite is true, and the visual presentation adds some life to music even diehard fans would have to admit isn't very exciting, stuff an old pro like Wakeman could (and probably did) play in his sleep.

And besides, the best part of the show (Wakeman's often hilarious between-song banter) is left off the compact disc. Never mind the music, flawless as it is: this guy is a natural comedian. A quick sample of his wit: "he is a little different", talking about YES bandmate Jon Anderson, "he's the only person I know who's trying to save this planet by living on a totally different one".

The DVD itself was directed with respect and good taste, in the manner of a PBS fundraiser broadcast. It's a pleasure to watch (and hear) Wakeman play without all the usual bells and distracting whistles: the philharmonic orchestras and choirs, the clouds of dry ice (and ice skaters: remember his "King Arthur" tour?) and so forth. Here the maestro is alone on a small stage in front of a politely seated middle-aged audience, many of them older than Wakeman himself. Maybe it's all too polite at times: compare the soporific walk-on music here, a synthesized string arrangement of that middlebrow concert favorite, Johann Pachelbel's "Canon in D", with the more contemporary music of Stravinsky employed by YES to introduce their concerts back in the 1970s.

And the orchestral samples used here by Wakeman are an acquired taste. Even his solo acoustic piano has some MIDI strings attached, diluting the authenticity of his performance and making it sound more programmed than played. There are moments (for example the excerpts from "Journey to the Center of the Earth") when listening to him is like being dipped into a vat of sticky digital molasses.

But the cathedral organ sound used in "Jane Seymour" (from arguably his best solo album, "The Six Wives of Henry VIII") is impressive. And the "Nursery Rhyme Concerto" is a hoot: "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" done in the style of Mozart; "Hickory Dickory Dock" as if by Maurice Ravel, and so forth (he later pulls a similar trick with THE BEATLES). A couple of old YES tunes are excavated also, but hardly improved in the wholesome muzak renditions played here.

In all, a memorable evening with a virtuoso talent, and an engaging raconteur as well. It may not attract any younger fans, but their parents will certainly appreciate it.

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