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RICK WAKEMAN & MARIO FASCIANO: BLACK KNIGHTS AT THE COURT OF FERDINAND IV

Rick Wakeman

 

Symphonic Prog

2.68 | 34 ratings

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octopus-4
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3 stars First of all, let's underline some things:

1) Not all the Italian singers are opera singers 2) The lyrics are not in Italian. Naples language is not understood by all the Italians, too. 3) This is NOT a new age album

Now let's see what this albun is, instead. Black knights is a contamination. The songs structure and chords are typical of Naples folk of 18th and 19th century, but the arrangements and of course, the keyboards are prog.

The concept itself is historical, so if you ever heard anything of that tradition, you can be transported back in time. Mario's voice has a high pitch, so that Jon Anderson's voice would have been good as well on those songs.

It doesn't add anything to Rick Wakeman's huge collection, but it doesn't have anything to do with "operas" like A Suite of Gods. The characteristic sound of Rick's keyboards and some passages sound very familiar. I know that it had a follow-up, but I don't know anything about it.

Give it a try, at least for the curiosity to listen to something unusual.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |

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