Classic Rock Presents: Rick Wakeman s Journey to the Centre of the Earth Collector's Edition, Limited Edition
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Classic Rock Presents Rick Wakeman Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, the exclusive re-recorded masterpiece presented in its entirety for the first time. Incorporating twenty minutes of new material cut from the original due to time restrictions as well as material unearthed from the original score that had long been thought lost. The Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Fanpack features the new album in full plus a 132-page magazine that forms the ultimate sleevenotes to accompany the album, with extensive and exclusive interviews with Rick Wakeman and the musicians, conductor and production staff involved in recording of this landmark record. Fanpack includes: Full re-recorded album Journey to the Centre of the Earth 132- page magazine Giant double sided poster
Top Customer Reviews
The orchestrations are clear as a bell, and you can now hear all the complexity of the original parts. Wakeman & the band play the 70's arrangements with a 70's sound and feel, the Moog patches are the same but clearer now. This is totally respectful of the original but better and far more coherent as a piece overall. Yes Ashley Holt sings 'The Forest' but Prog fans are now treated to some great female vocals as well.
Special mention must go to the new ballad 'Echoes' which gives Lloyd Webber a run for his money, and is IMHO the best thing Rick has written in many years.
I hope Rick does Arthur next in a similar way, and the journey continues......
Fast forward to 2012 and Journey has been reborn. The sounds are so very familiar and Rick has done an amazing job of recreating the 'feel' of the original and bringing the sonic experience up to the elevated level that today's technology has been able to create.
The production is fantastic - really worth turning the volume on your hi-fi (remember those??) up to 11!! Peter Egan's narration does a great job in setting the scene and helping to transform where you are into the fantasy world you are about to enter. The English Chamber choir(or their sons/daughters/nieces and nephews etc!!) sound incredible, backed by an Orion Symphony Orchestra that helps to create a fantastic platform for Rick and the members of the English Rock Ensemble to play on.
It is like meeting an old friend again on hearing an impressive Ashley Holt in full flow. His soaring a powerful vocals are no less impressive now than they were in 1974. His new foil is Hayley Sanderson who provides a female lead vocal alternative to the absent Gary Pickford Hopkins.This reworking of the vocal roles has provided a smoother feel to the music on the studio album - and no less welcome for it. The ever present Tony Fernandez drives proceedings along with able support from Lee Pomeroy and David Colquhoun, once again, sets a 'guitar' benchmark for Rick to follow.
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The parts we all know and love sound even better with a recording quality that simply wasn't possible when the original was made.
The new material blends in seamlessly and the narration and new vocals are excellent.
I've not read the booklets that accompany this release yet but it all looks very well presented.
In summary, if you are a fan you need this and if you've never listened to the genius that is Rick Wakeman then this is the place to start.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is really & truly awful, I could not listen to it all the way though it was so bad, he has a female vocalist that is so bad, you would think she was singing in a amateur... Read morePublished on 20 July 2014 by Musicman
No need to pay an outrageous sum for this. Just check here... Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2014 by Gunslinger
Bought this as a Christmas present and the recipient was over the moon. First class piece of music and totally recommend it to any fan.Published on 2 April 2014 by Sweetheart
Really excellent update of a classic 'album' from my younger days.
I loved the original version, but this is a cleaner, 'crisper' rendition. Read more
I grew up on this wonderful album, we studied ithe original in music classes at school. Thank you Mr Newberry - you were a star! Read morePublished on 24 May 2013 by Trevor C. Krueger
Great album, had not heard the complete work before, am now booked to see Rick Wakeman live.
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