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Classic Rock Presents: Rick Wakeman s Journey to the Centre of the Earth Collector's Edition, Limited Edition

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Product details

  • Audio CD (19 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Limited Edition
  • Label: Future Publishing
  • ASIN: 1858707536
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Preface
  2. The Journey Overture
  3. The Journey s Dawn
  4. Crystals
  5. The Gothic Cathedral
  6. The Quest for Water
  7. The Hansbach
  8. Fervent Prayer
  9. The Recollection
  10. Lost & Found
  11. Echoes
  12. 4 Miles
  13. The Reunion
  14. A New Vista
  15. A World Within a World
  16. The Raft
  17. The Battle
  18. Cumulus Clouds
  19. The Storm
  20. The Cemetery
  21. Quaternary Man
  22. Mastodons
  23. The Forest
  24. Ages Of Man
  25. The Tunnel
  26. Hall of the Mountain King
  27. Mount Etna

Product Description

Product Description

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

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Wow!! I wasn't expecting this to be so well done!!!

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......
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I first heard Journey as a 14 year old school kid back in the late 70's. Whilst i loved the notion of the story and loved Rick's other two albums - 'Henry' and 'Arthur' - that i had heard at that time, i struggled a little bit with the recording quality (to my ears anyway) and had always preferred the production of those other two. There was nothing much wrong with the music on Journey - i just wanted to HEAR everything that was gong on!!
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.
And Rick?
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Having bought the original Six Wives and King Arthur, somehow Journey to the Centre of the Earth escaped my attentions when first released. I have various snippets on compilation albums so hearing this new version was a fresh journey for me in it's entirety so my review is not compared with the,original. Leaving aside the magazine which is ok but not altogether revealing especially if you have followed Wakeman throughout his career and read many of his ramblings in the media, the music is stunning and fresh. Peter Egan does a great job of narrating and special mention goes to Ashley Holt whose vocal power gets better and better. I have always been a fan of his vocal style since his Warhorse days. As for Wakeman himself, there are few keyboard players with such a recognisable sound and it is clear that he is on top of his game throughout. Yes, there is a bit of padding out here and there but the overall impact is undiminished. For those of a sceptical disposition this album may be a case of living off past glories but with many high profile bands going on the road playing their best albums in their entirety it seems that a time has come to celebrate achievement and musicians like Wakeman are entitled to do so and if it brings a new audience I'll drink to that!
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Most Wakeman fans have various versions of Journey in their collections but this one is definitely worth adding.
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.
Buy it!
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Rick has done a great job with this studio re-make of the original 1974 album (which was recorded live in concert, warts and all). David Hemmings is dead, so short of getting permission from the Church to have him exhumed I am not sure, as one other reviewer wanted, how he could have appeared on this new studio version? Peter Egan is a fine replacement in the meantime. Both Ashley Holt and Hayley Sanderson are on form, the choir, orchestration, the New English Rock Ensemble and Rick's playing are exemplary. The new material fits in seamlessly (anyone would think Rick knew what he was doing and had over 40 years of experience in such matters eh!). In short a winner and I now look forward to the King Arthur concert in 2013 where presumably the material will be presented as Rick originally intended too. I have yet to read the book and programme that accompany the Fan Pack but at first glance they look the business too.
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