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Live, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Catherine Parr / Beware Your Enemies (11:07)
2. Out There (13:17)
3. No Earthly Connection (8:06)
4. Dance Of A Thousand Lights (5:48)
5. The Cathedral In The Sky (10:36)
6. White Rock (3:15)
7. Wurm (9:29)

Total Time 61:38

Line-up / Musicians

- Rick Wakeman / keyboards
- Ashley Holt / vocals
- Ant Glynne / guitars
- Lee Pomeroy / bass

Releases information

Release date: March 19, 2012
Label: Gonzo Multimidia

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Review by ProgShine
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4 stars RICK WAKEMAN is a complex guy, not only musically. I took a fair amount of time to get his music but today I can say he's one of my favorites in the Prog scene. Many think that he started his career with YES, which isn't true, he had recorded with many peopl as a studio musician and it includes the STRAWBS.

RICK WAKEMAN's career is full of downs and lows. During 73 to 76 Rick was on rise, his records sold millions: The Six Wives Of Henry VIII (1973), Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1974), The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of Round Table (1975) & No Earthly Connection (1976). With the changes in Prog things weren't different to the keyboard wizard. His records would not reach the same quality for 2 decades.

This CD, In The Nick Of Time (2012), was recorded in the tour of his album Out There (2003). This was a record that brought him to his good old Prog. After a couple of years doing only piano concerts he decided that was time to get his band back together and go full on stage and recordings. So he brought The English Rock Ensemble back (adding a New to the name) and made a conceptual record about the possible life that exists beyond Earth. Outter space. The musicians were his long partners Tony Fernandez (drums) and Ashley Holt (vocals) and the new mates were Ant Glynne (guitars) and Lee Pomeroy (bass). In The Nick Of Time (2012) was released in March via Gonzo Multimidia and I have to say that this is a great live album and I don't even like live recordings.

It's a great set list that covers a little of both worlds, Rick's classics and new material. Including songs from The Six Wives Of Henry VIII ('Catherine Parr', doubled with 'Beware Your Enemies'), No Earthly Connection (which is in fact a meddle of 'Music Reincarnate ? The Spaceman' and 'Music Reincarnate ? The Realisation'), Return To The Centre Of Earth ('Dance Of A Thousand Lights') and 2 tracks from Out There ('Out There' & 'The Cathedral In The Sky'). To complete the set, a weird choice, 'Würm', a section of 'Starship Trooper', a YES classic. Weird because this is a guitar song, and here the whole band shines.

And all of the great music comes with a 20 page booklet, 6 of them with a great article wrote by Rick himself and lots of pictures.

This is a great show that should be heard asap.

Review by kev rowland
5 stars In 2003 Rick released a new album, 'Out There', with The New English Rock Ensemble. The line-up was his touring band of the time, so he was joined by drummer Tony Fernandez, bassist Lee Pomeroy, guitarist Ant Glynne and singer Damian Wilson. Now I have a few of Rick's albums (okay, most of them), and when I heard it I was just blown away and I rated it as one of my albums of the year. So, I was extremely eager to catch him on the tour to promote the album and it was a major surprise to everyone (including Rick) when Damian dropped out of the tour just a couple of days before it was due to start. So, the choice was to either cancel the tour or to find someone at extremely short notice who was familiar with at least some of the material. Step forward one Ashley Holt who of course had sung on both 'Journey' and 'King Arthur' among others. He has a very different vocal style to Damian, and of course knew none of the new album either, so there had to be a radical shift in the setlist (hence the album title).

So everything was in place for this to be a disaster, but instead the show I saw was an absolute triumph with all of the audience understandably annoyed that Damian wasn't there, but very pleased indeed that Ashley was the person who had stepped into the breach. The DVD was released in 2004, but for some strange reason it took until 2012 for this CD to be made available but at least it is here now. My biggest issue with it is that it is way too short at just over an hour, and while there are some songs on the CD that are not on the DVD it is also true the other way around so why not make it a longer album and more like the setlist?

But, this is worth getting just for the version of "Out There" alone where Ashley doesn't attempt to hit Damian's notes but instead uses control and passion to make it his own while the rest of the band simply rock. Ant is a revelation here, as while he is content to provide the muscular support required by Rick he is not adverse to moving to the fore when the time is right. And any album that contains versions of "Catherine Parr" and "Wurm" is going to sit well with progheads isn't it? Absolutely brilliant.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
4 stars The truth is out there

The studio album Out There, released in 2003, is in my opinion one of the very best albums that Rick Wakeman has ever created (outside of Yes). The present live album was recorded on the tour in support of that excellent album. The title In The Nick Of Time refers to the fact that Damian Wilson--who sang lead vocals on the Out There album--decided to leave the band just before the tour was about to commence and thus had to be replaced at the last minute. Thankfully Ashley Holt was able to step in "in the nick of time".

Holt is, of course, a long time associate of Wakeman, having sung on many classic Wakeman albums. Though I do like Holt, I strongly prefer Wilson. The latter singer, perhaps best known from Prog Metal band Threshold and Neo-Prog band Landmarq, is indeed one of my favourite vocalists and he was part of what made Out There such a great album. Here Holt gives his best shot at singing the two best songs from that album (the title track and Cathedral Of The Sky), but when hearing the result it becomes very clear that these songs were in fact written with Wilson's very different voice in mind. Holt is capable and his performance is not bad, but slightly strained.

Sadly there are no recordings of Wilson singing songs from the Out There album live as he left before the tour began, but there are live recordings of him singing for Wakeman on earlier occasions (one example is the brilliant live CD Out Of The Blue which I rated with the full five stars). Nonetheless, it is interesting to hear how Holt was able to tackle the Out There material. Cathedral Of The Sky was included also on the Made In Cuba live DVD, also with Holt on lead vocals, but as far as I know the present album features the only officially released live version of the title track from Out There. Other interesting tracks are Dance Of A Thousand Lights from The Return To The Centre Of The Earth album and White Rock.

We who are fans of Rick Wakeman are really blessed with lots of material, including many fine live albums and videos. When this live album was released 2012 I didn't bother to get it since I was somewhat saturated with Wakeman live releases at that moment. In The Nick Of Time features a similar line-up and a somewhat similar set list to the Made In Cuba live DVD which I already had, so even if I really liked that one I thought that I didn't need this one as well. Well, now some years later I was ready for more Wakeman live and gave this album a spin. And though I would say that it does fall behind the aforementioned Out Of The Blue, it is a very worthy live release in its own right. Personally I would recommend to start with that live CD as well as the Out There studio album, but if you still want more after that then In The Nick Of Time is an excellent addition to your collection.

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