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Live With Symphony Orchestra

Rick Wakeman Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B0085FS50E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Obscurely brilliant!! 13 Mar 2013
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Only released in Argentina, this features Rick with the Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra from [naturally enough] a gig in Argentina in November 2011. This really is a hidden gem. It includes a great 23 minute version of 'Journey' without vocals or narration. No silly stories between tracks, just song introductions and thunderous applause. He's still got it, although presumably nowadays he would say 'It's not as big as it was'...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but not what I expected 13 Sep 2013
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Cd was ok. But very short and live recording from South America. Expected much more what I got with this cd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WOT! no synthesisers? 24 Jun 2013
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This is pure indulgence,just Rick and a piano, and of course the Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.

As much as I would love to give it the full 5-stars, there are moments, I believe referred to by other reviewers, where a bit more emphasis, more oomph coud have been put into what are the more agressive passages on the studio versions. That said, listen to this and you can discern what a fine piano player Rick is...
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4.0 out of 5 stars I keep listening to this one... 18 Oct 2012
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Recently I have been listening to Rick Wakeman. During the seventies I was a fan of Yes, and his solo work but I stopped listening to him for awhile. Many years later I have begun to rediscover his work. First i started with Yes and remembered how much I enjoyed the prog rock sound. I found a used copy of the Six Wives Cd and while I didn't listen to all of it parts were still very enjoyable. Next I listened to Journey to the Center of the Earth. While I found the music to be enjoyable the lyrics did not age well. Then I found this CD. Wow! Here were the songs I enjoyed but purely instrumental. Mr. Wakeman's artistry shines through and is augmented with the orchestra. His styling of the Beatles was an added bonus. I have found myself going to this CD again and again. It is a treat to find some pf my favorite songs by Mr. Wakeman on one CD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needed some thunder 7 Feb 2013
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This is Rick playing the piano (no synths), along with a small orchestra, and a smattering of "oos" and "ahs" from a choir. Though an interesting concept, and it has Rick's utterly perfect skill on every track, it does lack a lot of oomph at important points. The "Battle" section of "Journey" suffers markedly. It's so slight that I can't possibly see a battle taking place. The orchestra should have picked up and delivered some crashes; some percussion. Nope. Just limp.

I'm all for re-imaginings of familiar works - his "Yes Piano Variations" is probably my favorite Wakeman album of all time; but that knocked the tunes around into (as the title states) variations, and went into deconstructions and studies of the tunes. This "Live With Symphony Orchestra" album merely attempts the songs as they are, but leaves out the thunder that they've always had. If he'd brought along Tony Fernandez for some drumming, things might have been better.

If you're a big Wakeman fan, then this is a must, as it's a very different live album (and I am not regretting my purchase in the least!), but don't expect the power and punch that you expect to find in the songs listed.
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