Review of Return To The Centre Of The Earth submitted on 5th April 1999

Wakeman fans of my vintage (70's) should buy this without a second thought - it is Wakeman doing what he does best. The blend of orchestra, choir and rock band just works perfectly, with those immaculate keyboards given just the right prominence, without taking over the whole stage. The writing is melodically superb, and very distinctively Wakeman (just listen to that overture a few times). If you HAVEN'T heard Wakeman, listen to the samples on rwcc, but PLEASE listen several times, because this REALLY grows on you. Here's hoping this album is successful enough to allow more epics in the future.