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Rick Wakeman


Symphonic Prog

3.73 | 342 ratings

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3 stars This must have been a grand achievement for its for its time but the momentum of this over-the-top performance of the famous Jules Verne classic Journey To The Centre Of The Earth has lost some of its spark over the years.

I enjoyed this album the first few times I've listened to it, but after it actually settled in it all became a bit tiresome. The first complaint that everyone already mentioned is the narration that abrupts the music flow almost after each passage. This is a minor problem considering the narration sections were removed on later compilations. By far the biggest drawback for me are the two lead vocalists that are below my average preference standard and I actually consider myself not too picky when it comes to vocals in general.

To summarize, the music is good, arrangements are great, except for vocals and the narrations could have been skipped entirely. Therefore it's a good, but non-essential for an average progressive rock fan. You can probably add an extra star if you're a huge fan of Symphonic Prog... or subtract one if you're not a fan!

**** star songs: The Journey / Recollection (21:11)

*** star songs: The Battle / The Forest (18:57)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |


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