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on 6 December 2012
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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