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The Six Wives of Henry VIII Import

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  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000026NVE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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At last Rick's masterworks are getting overdue recognition in the form of the 'deluxe' treatment.
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.
The packaging is really good.
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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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I am reviewing the 24bit Quad Mix just so there is no confusion. If you are a true audiophile (if you are reading this you probably are) with a half decent system, be prepared for an audible assault. Be prepared to hear things you never heard before and be prepared to have the same feeling I had when I first played the vinyl release back in the 70's. All versions on this release have equal merit and the new stereo mix may lack the drama of the quad mix but it is still truly beautiful. Thank you to Rick and the Producers also for keeping the price real unlike Dark Side of the Moon and Brain Salad Surgery!
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I have been waiting for years for this outstanding album to be remastered. This, and the follow up the myths and ledgends of king arthur were Mr Wakemans finest moments. I only hope that the original Journey to the Centre of the Earth, (with the David Hemmings narration ), will be re-issued and re-mastered at some point. Anyway, the new sound is superb. 10/10.
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This was Wakeman's first solo recording and still is his best. Its interesting that Amazon does not have a sound sample of Catherine Parr, the best and most well known track on the album. If more people heard it Amazon would be deluged with orders.
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.
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I remember well when I bought this album. It came to local record shop and as a huge Yes fan I was there when the shop opened doors. I had to wait several hours before the big brown post package arrived. Together the owner and I opened the package and few minutes later I was heading home and record player.
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!
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