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Return to the Centre of the Earth

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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 Mar. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000IL1O
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By juliaharries@hotmail.com on 9 Oct. 2000
Format: Vinyl
Return to the Centre of the Earth is the realisation of a dream for Rick Wakeman. Prompted by a chance comment in an interview with an Italian journalist some eight years prior to its release, Return is a testament to synchronicity and good timing. The right idea, the right record company and the right musicians allowed Wakeman to realise his vision for another epic work. EMI Classics went boldly where other record companies feared to tread in allowing Wakeman to work with a budget beyond his wildest dreams. This budget, combined with the creative freedom they provided, allowed him to craft a work of enormous power, beauty, aural texture and depth. Building on the musical interpretation explored in his 1974 live album Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Wakeman revisits Jules Verne's story and writes a whole new chapter in the tale of Sneffels Yokul, the Icelandic volcano which holds the entrance to the centre of the earth. Having his explorers enter by a different tunnel allows Wakeman to build a new adventure in the narrative style of Verne with the benefits of modern digital technology and musical techniques. Patrick Stewart (Shakespearian actor and Star Trek's Jean-Luc Picard) narrates the story. His rich and beautiful speaking voice grabs the interest of the listener from the word go, inspiring a range of emotions as he unfolds a story of adventure, danger and wonder in the setting of a fantastic world within a world. Wakeman uses wonderful descriptive phrases which, when delivered in Stewarts warm and clear tones, create visual images which carry the story from earthquakes to electric storms, gentle seas to raging torrents, prehistoric man to dancing fireflies. Musically, this piece is magnificent. The range is so broad it is impossible to categorise the whole in any specific musical genre.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2000
Format: Vinyl
'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' was done by Wakeman in 1974. The release of 'The Return' a quarter of a century later makes a true epic circle out of some of the most amazing music this country has ever produced. The music is by Wakeman, as is the new story (based on the original by Jules Verne). The format is more listenable than 'Journey' with the music and narration separated into separate tracks, and the narration featuring the unmistakable voice of Patrick Stewart. The music sees Wakeman working with some of the most famous music names around, including Ozzy Osborne and Trevor Rabin. The mixture of rock and classical music is magnificent. 'The Overture' and 'The End of the Return' are the theme to the album and more than live up to Wakeman's reputation with this kind of work. 'Buried Alive' features Ozzy Osborne and leans more towards a heavy rock song, despite the heavy use of strings. How this amazing song never became a single in this country is beyond me. 'Is Anybody There?' features Bonnie Tyler and again is a wonderful mix of rock and orchestra. The song itself is a little drawn out and might be better if it was shortened somewhat. 'Dance of a Thousand Lights' is a phenomenal piano piece. As always, one must wonder how anyone can play a keyboard instrument of any kind at that speed. The sound of a piano (and the speed it is played at) combine perfectly to acheive the idea the title inspires. 'Mr Slow' features the unknown, but marvellous, voice of Tony Mitchell. The song shows that Wakeman truly is capable of writing in any style. This is another song which I believe would have had immense success as a single. 'Never is a Long Long Time' features Trevor Rabin and some excellent guitar playing which is a somewhat surprising but pleasing change from Wakeman's solos.Read more ›
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By juliaharries@hotmail.com on 9 Oct. 2000
Format: Mini-Disc
Return to the Centre of the Earth is the realisation of a dream for Rick Wakeman. Prompted by a chance comment in an interview with an Italian journalist some eight years prior to its release, Return is a testament to synchronicity and good timing. The right idea, the right record company and the right musicians allowed Wakeman to realise his vision for another epic work. EMI Classics went boldly where other record companies feared to tread in allowing Wakeman to work with a budget beyond his wildest dreams. This budget, combined with the creative freedom they provided, allowed him to craft a work of enormous power, beauty, aural texture and depth. Building on the musical interpretation explored in his 1974 live album Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Wakeman revisits Jules Verne's story and writes a whole new chapter in the tale of Sneffels Yokul, the Icelandic volcano which holds the entrance to the centre of the earth. Having his explorers enter by a different tunnel allows Wakeman to build a new adventure in the narrative style of Verne with the benefits of modern digital technology and musical techniques. Patrick Stewart (Shakespearian actor and Star Trek's Jean-Luc Picard) narrates the story. His rich and beautiful speaking voice grabs the interest of the listener from the word go, inspiring a range of emotions as he unfolds a story of adventure, danger and wonder in the setting of a fantastic world within a world. Wakeman uses wonderful descriptive phrases which, when delivered in Stewarts warm and clear tones, create visual images which carry the story from earthquakes to electric storms, gentle seas to raging torrents, prehistoric man to dancing fireflies. Musically, this piece is magnificent. The range is so broad it is impossible to categorise the whole in any specific musical genre.Read more ›
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