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JABBERWOCKY

Nolan & Wakeman

 

Neo-Prog

3.61 | 57 ratings

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Greger
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4 stars "The Jabberwocky" has been inspired by Lewis Carroll's novel "Through the Looking Glass". In this novel, Alice is looking for the meaning of a certain poem, called Jabberwocky. It's about a fierce creature in the woods, that threatens every being that trespasses its territory." This is a project that is the result of collaboration between Clive NOLAN and Oliver WAKEMAN. All the words, music and arrangements is done by Clive NOLAN and Oliver WAKEMAN, and they are both playing keyboards on this album. Oliver is the second eldest son of ex-YES keyboard player Rick WAKEMAN. On this album it is his son that is in the spotlight and Rick is handling the narration. Oliver is carrying his father's legacy with honour, and last year he did his first solo album called "Heaven's Isle". Clive NOLAN is well known in the progressive rock genre for his contributions in ARENA, PENDRAGON, SHADOWLAND and STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. He's also been a session musician in various bands. This is a concept album that is almost like a musical fairytale with bombastic keyboard based symphonic rock, and a very impressive line-up. The singers and the musicians are really great and very skilled! Bob Catley have always been a great singer in MAGNUM and Tracy HITCHINGS is doing a wonderful work on LANDMARQ's latest release "Science of Coincidence". The music is a mix between the bands that the musicians and singers usually are playing in: LANDMARQ, MAGNUM, PENDRAGON and Rick WAKEMAN. The CD is packed in a beautiful cover with artwork by Rodney Matthews, who has done a numerous of covers before for MAGNUM and NAZARETH among others. There are a lot of great songs on this album and my favourites are the jazzy "Coming to Town" and the pompous and beautiful tracks "Dangerous World" and "Dancing Water". A very interesting and highly recommended album!
Greger | 4/5 |

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