Review of Journey to the Centre of the Earth submitted on 1st February 1997
This album is both operatic rock, and symphonic rock. The music creates an atmosphere that leads us to the journey as written by Jules Verne. A sense of adventure is created, being in keeping with the story. The overture shows the power of the whole album. Choir and orchestra were used with keyboards, in a wonderful combination. A classical album that can not be absent of your collection.
Review of Lisztomania submitted on 1st February 1997
Soundtrack of a Ken Russell film featuring the music of Liszt and Wagner adapted to symphonic rock. Rick composed a short piece of music and added lyrics to another one. Most of the songs are sung by Roger Daltrey and Rick plays Moogs very well as ever. Although Rick has said that he didn't like this album (why Rick?), it will please those who like his first albums. I would like to emphasize Dante Period, Hell, Excelsior Song, Funerailles, Master Race and Rape, Pillage & Clap as great moments of this album. Lisztomania is also a classical album that cannot be absent in Wakeman collector's collection.
Review of Live On The Test submitted on 1st February 1997
A recollection of his glorious days. With the English Rock Ensemble, Rick plays three songs of No Earthly Connection. A rare opportunity to hear these songs alive. You will also hear an exuberant version of Merlin the Magician and Catherine Parr. An album that cannot be absent in the Wakeman collector's collection.
Review of Rick Wakeman In Concert submitted on 1st February 1997
Unbelievable performance! Wakeman played with the English Rock Ensemble. The orchestra was replaced by trumpets and trombones in a great style. Wakeman gives us frantic solos with his Moogs that were used as never before. This is the best live version of his first three concept albums, played sometimes, in the No Earthly Connection style.
Review of The Myths & Legends of King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table submitted on 29th March 1997
This is Wakeman's masterpiece. The consolidation of Symphonic Rock. The atmosphere created with orchestra and choir is wonderful. The music turns around a theme, being variations of this theme. Wakeman shares his space with other musicians and orchestra allowing the music to flow without excess of virtuosity.