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The Six Wives of Henry VIII Import
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The really good news is that the Original album has never sounded better than this. The sound of the remaster is, to my ears, perfect. It really brings out all of the instruments in the mix and makes the music seem so fresh. A first rate piece of work that is on a 'parr' (sorry) with the original vinyl way back when.
The bonus material is OK, if a tad disappointing. The 1st mix of Catherine of Aragon is very (very) close to the original. Better are the single edits which give a quick shot of Rick's prowess if you fancy a change from the full track. (Strangely the edit of Anne Boleyn cuts off just before 'The day thou gavest Lord' theme starts, thus making its track name inaccurate - small point I know)
Disc 2 gives you three different mixes to pick from and if you have the right gear to listen to them on then I guess you might enjoy the variety.
The disc closes with Rick on the Whistle test. It's OK as a bit of nostalgia but if you watch closely towards the end you will see that the music carries on perfectly whilst Rick is still reaching for the right keyboard. In other words the performance has been dubbed or was 'mimed' TOTP's style. Maybe that's just the keyboard player in me noticing these things.
In regards to extras I would have much preferred some live performances (and there are loads of them out there) to give the package a bit more diversity. In a perfect world the package could have united Rick's Hampton Court performance with the original, but it's all about ownership these days I guess.
Anyway enough criticism of the 'King' of Keyboards.
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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?
Wakeman showed at the time that someone who was trained and the Royal Academy of Music could play and compose 'rock' music.
His keyboard technique has to be seen and heard to be believed, and having done so, you understand that this album shows off all those skills. Nothing he has recorded since comes close to the quality of all his massive abilities.
42 years later I still think this is a awesome record. The line-up is full of top prog musicians and after this album Mr. Wakeman quite rightfully earned his nickname The Wizzard. Hammond, mellotron, moog all are here, masterfully played.
There are six reasons why this can be considered as masterpiece. After all these years it has not lost it's magic!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, you're going to need your CD player! - it's one of those "not quite CDs" so you can't rip it yourself with any accuracy, and if you've fought the Amazon ordering... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phil Ogden
At last, after waiting many years, a properly remastered CD of a great album , to replace the lack lustre original
pressing which has now been binned.
THIS... Read more
Rick Wakeman`s first studio album has been reissued by Universal Music/A&M Records as a two-disc deluxe edition. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John H. McCarthy
Well I finally get to hear this 43 years too late and it`s great. Superb playing on all tracks and it is exciting and interesting music. Read morePublished 4 months ago by DEREK -TALON TARGET
The Quad is perfect! A definite masterpiece! Brits should be proud of their compstriot Richard Wakeman.Published 5 months ago by Vladimir Sergienko
These records were for my son and he was pleased with them as he was going to see Rick watemanPublished 5 months ago by Dorothy Baker