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All the best ingredients,
This review is from: Six Wives Of Henry VIII (Audio CD)
As with some other reviewers, I think this was Ricks best release of the 70s, and probably ever. Reasons? The things which I think let most of his subsequent releases down were one of the following: Dodgy vocalists, a limited range of instruments, or possibly in some cases an excess of instruments. Here, there are no embarrassing vocal performances, there are no unnecessary orchestras and choirs that age badly, yet it has the fullness of sound and instrumentation that is lacking on his synth only releases.
Highlights? The acid jazzy Ann of Cleves, with great drumming from Alan White (how many of Rick's tracks can be said to have great drumming?) and a Santana-like feel in places - unique among Rick's pieces. Also the gloriously baroque Jane Seymour - I remember playing this to my mother (a totally classically influenced piano teacher and organist) and watching her face as the strictly orthodox yet complex organ is suddenly augmented by one of the most in-your-face moog interruptions ever. Stunning. And finally, by Anne Boleyn - just the most perfect balance of classical and rock instrumentation - the closing section of the Day thou gavest... is just incomparable.
All in all, utterly 70s, yet utterly timeless, always fulfilling and never embarrasing. The question for me is ... why the heck couldn't Rick seem to tick all the boxes ever again?
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Initial post: 8 Mar 2015 12:53:36 GMT
C. Chonka says:
Good review of a very interesting piece of prog rock by a very talented musician and composer.! What an absolute blast from the past! I still have it on vinyl and I shall cherish it! His later stuff was not so great and I saw him in concert doing the Journey to the Centre of the Earth. It was ok but nothing to write home about! Gentle Giant came on and blew us all away!
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2016 16:28:10 GMT
Helen B. says:
Yes , I agree about some of the vocals on other albums, but drummers ?? , I think Tony Fernandez was very accomplished, listen to White Rock.
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