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OUT THERE

Rick Wakeman

 

Symphonic Prog

3.82 | 103 ratings

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4 stars No earthy connection. . . Part 2

Wakeman himself has nominated this album as the (rather late!) follow up to "No Earthly Connection", and the similarities are certainly apparent. This is his first truly progressive album for many years (even "Return to the centre of the earth" was more excessive than progressive).

While keyboards are inevitably predominant, this is very much an album made by a five piece band, supplemented from time to time by a choir. Vocalist Damian Wilson is called upon throughout, with tracks such as the 13 minute "Out there" even requiring his talents for much of the time. The sound is very tight, with Wakeman spending as much time adding to the layers as he does to soloing.

There are just 6 tracks in total, all written and produced by Wakeman. That said though, there's much more of a feeling that he's part of a bigger unit here, unlike the vast majority of his solo works, and the album benefits enormously from this.

The package includes sleeve notes by Wakeman explaining the background to the making of the album, and dedicating it to the memory of the 6 astronauts who died on the Columbia space shuttle.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |

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