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on 12 February 2015
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. Nice use of the open out gatefold and a new essay in the booklet from 'Classic Rock presents PROG's editor, Jerry Ewing. No problems for me in peeling the sticky 'deluxe' wrapper off the cover (as other reviewers have noted), just needs a little extra care.
So overall 4 stars from me, but still well worth purchasing for the improved audio and packaging.
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on 21 March 2017
Excellent quality in the recording especially the fourth track where the 32 feet pipe from the cathedral organ really makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
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on 20 March 2017
Excellent ,lovely to listen to.
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on 3 October 2016
Fantastic stuff - just as good as I remember it from back in the day!
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on 29 March 2017
don't remember buying this
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on 17 April 2017
Good album, lovely to listen to.
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on 29 April 2017
Amazing keyboard work from Rick with beautiful arrangements. I'd quite forgotten how good this music is.
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on 16 April 2017
A classic prog CD.
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on 30 June 2016
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 system and bought direct to get the "AutoRip" (which should be a LOT easier to do than it actually is) you may be a little surprised to find that the version that downloads is the 2009 Live version!!! The music is as good as it always was (but not one of Rick's best, although close). If you're wanting mp3 of the original don't buy this CD.

Edit: The hi definition version of the original album is on the DVD and converts to flac quite nicely so not all is lost!
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Rick Wakeman`s first studio album has been reissued by Universal Music/A&M Records as a two-disc deluxe edition. The keyboard player and composer's 1973 debut 'The Six Wives Of Henry VIII' founr Rick backed by various members of his then former and current bands, THE STRAWBS and YES. The CD includes a early mix of "Catherine Of Aragon" and the single edits of "Anne Boleyn" and "Catherine Parr" as bonus tracks. The DVD contains the original Quadrophonic Mix in 4.0 Surround Sound with the choice of DTS 96/24 or Dolby Digital. It also contains a LPCM 96/24 Stereo Mix of the original album. The DVD bonus is a clip of Rick performing "Catherine Howard" on The Old Grey Whistle Test" in 1973 backed by members of THE STRAWBS!

DISC ONE (CD):
1. Catherine of Aragon
2. Anne of Cleves
3. Catherine Howard
4. Jane Seymour
5. Anne Boleyn `The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended'
6. Catherine Parr
BONUS TRACKS:
7. Catherine of Aragon (First Mix)
8. Anne Boleyn `The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended' (Single Edit)
9. Catherine Parr (Single Edit)

DISC TWO (DVD):
Original 4.0 Quad Mix (in DTS & DOLBY DIGITAL):
1. Catherine of Aragon
2. Anne of Cleves
3. Catherine Howard
4. Jane Seymour
5. Anne Boleyn `The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended'
6. Catherine Parr
LPCM 96/24 Stereo Mix:
1. Catherine of Aragon
2. Anne of Cleves
3. Catherine Howard
4. Jane Seymour
5. Anne Boleyn `The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended'
6. Catherine Parr
BONUS VIDEO:
Catherine Howard (BBC TV 1973)
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