|1||Lure of the Wild||7' 6"|
|2||The Beach Comber||4' 6"|
|4||Raga and Rhyme||3' 2"|
|5||Sync or Swim||6' 5"|
|8||After the Atom||4' 54"|
|9||The Suicide Shuffle||3' 18"|
|10||Past and Present||3' 20"|
|11||Paint It Black||5' 36"|
|Stuart Sawney||Percussion Programming|
| Bajanor Studios, Isle of Man
During Sep-Oct 1992
| Stuart Sawney|
|A good fun album all round with some good playing, but perhaps suffers in retrospect from a lack of balance. It's hard to know what "journey" you've been on by the time you get to the last track. I always loved Paint It Black and although we did a wicked live version on stage, it never really took off in the way I expected.|
|If you only have the money for one CD, then this isn't the one. If you have money for three or four then it's worth considering.|
|Little Known Trivia|
|The album was completely finished before Adam came on board. I got him involved at the last minute as it was suddenly agreed that he would join me on tour and so it made sense to have an associated project.|
Mike Logan on 01/10/2011 [Other reviews by Mike Logan ]
Different styles, techniques and sounds. A sample Portfolio perhaps. Some serious (Caeseria) and others just fun. It is another showcase for Rick's compositional talents as well as his famous dexterity. A slight over-use of certain "metallic" synth patches at times. Played "Live" on Tour before CD release.
Ken Matthews on 04/06/2003 [Other reviews by Ken Matthews ]
There's really only one word to sum up this album - STUNNING. Beautifully recorded with everything sounding bright and lively.Caesarea is one track that proves the point showing off Rick's classical training and ability to blend in a modern tempo in the same piece of music. This should be considered a real Wakeman masterpiece - it's simply gorgeous and I never get tired of listening to this, and all the other tracks. Paint It Black could have been left off in all honesty becuase Rick really shines through best when the music is written by him, rather than a cover version of someone else's material.
Tim Boudewijn van der Wart on 26/10/2001 [Other reviews by Tim Boudewijn van der Wart ]
I hate the Paint it Black cover, to me the worst thing a musician can do is to cover a rolling stones song, just awful! The rest of the album is surprisingly good, in particular past and present, megalomania and lure of the wild. All the tracks are pure keyboard except jiggajig, that a simple two piano piece, quite nice though. I think it is a nice thing to have in your wakeman collection, not a must, but nice.
Kevan James on 03/10/2001 [Other reviews by Kevan James ]
Looking back, this is a great album. It's time "Caesarea" was recognised as a true Wakeman classic. What a fantastic album!!
Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen on 21/09/1998 [Other reviews by Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen ]
Some have called this a "rocking" album. That's not very accurate. If you're looking for rock'n'roll, then check out the Rolling Stones and forget about Rick Wakeman. On the other hand, if you like instrumental keyboard music, then stay put. And especially - if you like "Criminal Record", then this might be a good choice for you. "Wakeman with Wakeman" recaptures some of the excitement of "Criminal Record", although I think it is not that good (but still good!) And like on "CR", there is a long song here that is by far the best cut, namely the one about Caesar... Rick again demonstrates his interest in history.
Mats Landstrom on 29/09/1997 [Other reviews by Mats Landstrom ]
Buy W & Ws later albums instead. Most tunes on this one are just straightforward rhythms with "guitar"-solos over it. Too unvaried.
Downeast Bruce on 26/07/1997 [Other reviews by Downeast Bruce ]
This is a powerful, dynamic father and son collaboration. If you like music with a bit of a raw edge to it, check this CD out. This disc is quite different than "Romance of the Victorian Age". "Shields Up!, Red Alert!" Paint it Black will rock your socks off!