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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fantasy (7:13)
2. Peace of mind (4:15)
3. Intermost thoughts (6:16)
4. Visions of light (4:32)
5. Higher planes (6:43)
6. Astral traveller (4:55)
7. Dream on (5:46)
8. Thought waves (3:59)
9. Drifting patterns (6:03)
10. Future memories (4:37)
11. Levitation (8:20)
12. Moondreams (4:21)

Total Time: 67:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Rick Wakeman / keyboards, composer, arranger & producer

Releases information

Artwork: Véronique Kassner (photo)

Another relaxation music album

CD President Records ‎- RWCD 28 (1995, UK)
CD Sattva Music ‎- SKV 028 CD (1996, Germany) Re-titled "Visions Of Paradise", new cover art

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
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Review by Easy Livin
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2 stars Easy listening

The rather uninspired booklet accompanying this album is largely made up of adverts for other Rick Wakeman new age albums. It does however state that this is "An album of keyboard based orchestral music". Such a description while perhaps accurate, is rather misleading.

"Visions" is yet another of Rick Wakeman's new age music releases, performed by Wakeman alone, and recorded in his studio on the Isle of Man. It consist entirely of relaxing keyboard melodies, played at a single pace. There's no variety to the music, no virtuoso flourishes, no drama or excitement, and little variation in the sound.

The music is certainly pleasant, if totally unchallenging. The impression is given that Wakeman is on cruise control, knocking out these tracks one after the other, and completing the album before tea time. That may be a little unfair, as I'm sure he spent some time and effort on the compositions, but each melody is prolonged in such a way as to make say a one minute interlude piece into a seven minute track.

A times the music sounds rather home made, along the lines of that created on midi files. The lack of authentic bass, drums guitar etc., renders the hour plus of listening somewhat tedious. I'm sure if this music were to be performed by an orchestra, it would sound highly proficient, although even then the lack of variety could prove challenging.

As with many of Wakeman's albums of this period, "Visions" bears little relation to his superb early solo works, or indeed to his times with Yes (the track "Astral traveller" here is not the one on "Time and a word"!). Recommended only for insomniacs, or those wishing to create an atmosphere for other activities.

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