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Rick Wakeman


Symphonic Prog

3.73 | 343 ratings

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2 stars Journey to the Centre of The Worthless

This live obsession has been described as pompous, pretentious and overblown. I concur with these words and would like to add boring as watching grass grow. It really is a mediocre affair. Narrations of incomparable dreariness and lush eternity lasting orchestrations that will have you in one of two camps; you will adore this treasure and hail it a mastepriece that must not be missed, or you will wonder what all the fuss is about. I am in the latter category. I have this on vinyl and love perusing the lavish sleeve notes and booklet. Then I saw it in the bargain bin for a ridiculously cheap price and thought, well it's an important album so I should buy this for that price. You know I played it the same amount of times as the vinyl; a grand total of once!

There is so much great prog out there, why would one waste precious time listening to this overblown nonsense? Why indeed. And yet I have this album on two mediums; where is the logic? I must suffer from a prog disease that is spreading around here - the disease of the overrated album. Here it sits, folks in all it's pompous glory. This overrated album of Wakeman's is an insufferable bore with dreary concepts and mind numbing instrumental sections. Then he has the audacity to release this on other albums in various forms. It just goes on for an eternity and its enough to want to slap your grandmother when he gets into those string sections and overlong keyboard swirls. This is dated and obsolete; nobody really listens to this anymore surely. It has made its impact and now needs to sit in bargain bins. I love what Wakeman does with Yes but this needs to be thrown unceremoniously into the sea of forgetfulness. 2 stars for the design and concept, the rest is absolutely cringe worthy, believe me.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 2/5 |


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