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Always With You

Rick Wakeman Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (6 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B0031KSLCA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ave Maria
2. Glory
3. The Piano Messiah
4. The Granary Canon
5. Beautiful Savious
6. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
7. My Redeemer
8. Moods of Morning
9. Always With You
10. Kum-Ba-Ya
11. Gone But Not Forgotten
12. Stairway to Heaven

Product Description

Product Description

2010 release from the veteran keyboardist and Prog legend, a collection of songs written by some of the world's finest composers. Always With You contains compositions from the new and the old, all of which have been recorded by Rick in his own inimitable style. This is an album of accomplishment and melody and an album that will bear repeated play. With tracks such as 'Ave Maria', 'The Piano Messiah', 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring' and the title track 'Always With You', this album will appeal to a wider audience than Rick usually appeals to, mixing as it does the contemporary alongside the traditional.

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4.3 out of 5 stars
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this CD entirely on the strength of hearing the MP3 samples, and am highly impressed. I've always thought very highly indeed (as many people have) of Rick's piano style, particularly on any of his 70s work - whether solo, in a band, or on other artist's material. However, I did wonder if that solo magic could last the length of an entire album.

Indeed it can - and does! To discover here that his wonderfully playful, emotional, and instantly recognisable style is totally present and correct on every single track was indeed a real pleasure. The tracklist may look rather suspect on paper (as admittedly it did for me) but, when you hear the results, it actually all makes perfect sense - there are no duff, cringeworthy, inappropriate or boring selections here!

It also all fits together very nicely, as well as his piano having a deliciously warm and naturally recorded analogue sound, which I found important, and which is exactly how he sounded in the 70s. These days, piano recordings often have a very clear, but rather cold or harshly digitized tone. But that's definitely not the case here.

I'm not sure if this album would be everybody's cup of tea, but if, like me, you would equally adore Rick's amazing style, with the natural sound of a well-recorded solo piano, then this album is highly recommended.

I can already picture myself listening to this many times, both on long country walks on an i-pod in summer, and as a perfect fireside companion on a cold dark night in winter.

Enjoy - and well done, Rick!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Initially scared,but 4 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've alweays enjoyed Rick's music but when I first heard about Always With You, I was worried as it contained many of my favourite melodies that didn't seem to be Rick's thing. I was wrong. They are beautifully handled-different but well worth listening to. Thank you so much.Ron Bright
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wakeman Magic 19 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
Just Rick and piano. But he creates musical magic of some favorite classics.
Friends have actually said, "Wow! What beautiful music", when they overhear it.
And it grows on you. The more often you listen the more you like it.

Also it arrived sooner the Amazon forecast; A nice surprise!
I just wish we could get the downloaded version Always With You down here in the colonies of the Antipodes.
Please work on that Amazon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must. 19 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
I bought this from another supplier. What have I been missing all my life? Simply superb! All piano work by Mr W, no synthesisers. Every cd collection must hold a copy of this. Why is it only 1 cd? He could carry on playing like this all day long and it would still be a shame when he stops.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glorious melodies - with fiddly bits! 14 Aug 2012
By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have always admired Rick Wakeman and his piano style, so I bought this CD on faith, as it were. It's very enjoyable.

Having said that, it is not a 'heavyweight' album. It's good but not great. Basically, it is glorious melodies - with fiddly bits!

The recording is warm, almost intimate. The microphone was clearly close to the piano as it is possible to hear the instrument creaking as the pedals are pressed. That's what you might hear in a live recital, so it's realistic.

A super CD for driving to, for having on in the background. It is probably not the one, though, that you will choose over and over again to listen to on the hi-fi on a spare evening. You will have other CDs in your collection that you turn to in preference.

What I would have liked Wakeman to do is to take fewer melodies - possibly even just one or two - and write a series of variations on them, rather than just one variation per selection. That would be an approach more befitting his talents as a performer and composer and it would be much more interesting. He could then have introduced more variety: faster, slower, simpler, more complex.

In many ways the strongest tracks are Wakeman's own, especially the title track. That said, the treatment of 'Stairway to Heaven' is first rate and brings the album to a satisfying close.

Worth buying? Yes. The melodies he has chosen are a good selection and his style is inimitable. It's not the best work Rick Wakeman has done, but it's different and it's enjoyable.

Good rather than great, so four stars.
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