Rick Wakeman - Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (CD)

Rick Wakeman

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Categories
RockPopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Art Rock
Number of Discs
1
Number of Items
1
Title
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Media
CD
BarCode
075021315624
Country of Origin
USA
Label
A&M
Distributor
Fontana Distribution
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
075021315624
Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] The Journey / Recollection
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] The Battle / The Forest
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] The Journey / Recollection
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] The Battle / The Forest
Genre
Pop / Rock
Country
South Africa
Notes

Personnel: Rick Wakeman (synthesizer); David Measham (conductor); Garry Pickford-Hopkins, Ashley Holt (vocals); David Hemmings (spoken vocals); Mike Egan (guitar); Roger Newell (bass); Barney James (drums); The London Symphony Orchestra, The English Chamber Choir.
Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, London, England in 1974.
Personnel: Rick Wakeman (synthesizer); David Measham (conductor); Garry Pickford-Hopkins, Ashley Holt (vocals); David Hemmings (spoken vocals); Mike Egan (guitar); Roger Newell (bass); Barney James (drums); The London Symphony Orchestra, The English Chamber Choir.
Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, London, England on January 18, 1974.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth is one of progressive rock's crowning achievements. With the help of the London Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Choir, Rick Wakeman turns this classic Jules Verne tale into an exciting and suspenseful instrumental narrative. The story is told by David Hemmings in between the use of Wakeman's keyboards, especially the powerful Hammond organ and the innovative Moog synthesizer, and when coupled with the prestigious sound of the orchestra, creates the album's fairy tale-like climate. Recorded at London's Royal Festival Hall, the tale of a group of explorers who wander into the fantastic living world that exists in the Earth's core is told musically through Wakeman's synthesized theatrics and enriched by the haunting vocals of a chamber choir. Broken into four parts, the album's most riveting segment, entitled "The Battle," involves Wakeman's most furious synthesized attack, churning and swirling the keyboards into a mass instrumental hysteria. With both "The Journey" and "The Forest," it's the effective use of the strings and percussion section of the London Symphony Orchestra that causes the elements of fantasy and myth to emerge from the album's depths. The gorgeous voice of Ashley Holt is effectively prominent, and some interesting guitar work via Mike Egan arises occasionally but meritoriously amidst the keyboard fervor. The whole of Journey to the Centre of the Earth still stands as one of the most interesting conglomerations of orchestral and synthesized music, and it is truly one of Wakeman's most flamboyant projects. ~ Mike DeGagne

Date Released
2001-01-01
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
Rick Wakeman
Artists
  1. Wakeman, Rick
Duration
40m 8s
Engineer
Paul Tregurtha; Pete Flanagan

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