Almost Live in Europe

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Almost Live in Europe (1995)

Track Title Length
1 Elizabethan Rock ' "
2 Make Me A Woman ' "
3 Catherine of Aragon ' "
4 Crying Heart (pt 1) ' "
5 Jane Seymour ' "
6 Crying Heart (pt 2) ' "
7 Catherine Howard ' "
8 Music Reincarnate - The Realisation ' "
9 The Prisoner ' "
10 King Arthur ' "
11 Guinevere ' "
12 Lancelot and the Black Knight ' "
13 The Last Battle ' "

Almost Live in Europe (1995)

Artist List
Artist Name Instrument
Rick Wakeman Keyboards
Ashley Holt Vocals/Percussion
David Paton Bass/Guitar
Tony Fernandez Drums & Percussion

Almost Live in Europe (Almost Live in Europe)

Type Cat No. Label Country
CD GCD-282-2 Griffin UK
CD WB 885982 Wise Buy Records UK

Almost Live in Europe (1995)

Miscellaneous Information
Equipment Studio Engineering

Rick's Perspective
This was recorded in Italy with a very strange line up of the English Rock Ensemble with no guitar player. The tour was a disaster and badly organised and I had the crew from hell out with me as well which just about took the biscuit!!! When I finally got to hear the tapes they were really not acceptable so I dragged some of the guys back in and we re-did quite a lot and added guitar as well, hence the title, "Almost Live in Europe".
Wakey's Verdict
Probably the weakest arrangements of the classic pieces that I ever put together for a tour but nevertheless an important part of ERE history.
Little Known Trivia
I'm still waiting to be paid for the last few dates of the tour!!!

Time Lady Rabeca on 28/03/1997 [Other reviews by Time Lady Rabeca ]

The vocalist on this CD was fairly unimpressive - he tended to take away from the experience of the music, though his voice fits in a bit better for the King Arthur tracks. However, Rick's playing for this album is amazing and more than makes up for the (IMHO) lousy vocalist.

Max Hult on 12/01/2000 [Other reviews by Max Hult ]

This album misses the big set of instruments that Rick used in earlier days, like Journey and Arthur. Ashley's voice is not as good as it use to be either. What's good about this album is "The Prisoner", where Rick shows his great ability of playing the keyboard in baroque-style, As voice fits nicely. The tracks on the Arthur and the Wives sections are put together in a different way, quite nice to hear as a change from the original albums. The best point of the album is "Jane Seymour" which is very different from the original, with great rock/heavy metal-guitar added. For more richful instrumentation, check out the "King Biscuit"-album.

Seamus Fitzmaurice on 31/10/2000 [Other reviews by Seamus Fitzmaurice ]

Rick Wakeman's live playing on this CD is vivid and energetic, with some snappy drumming and fluid lead guitar as support. But, and its a big but, the songs are ruined by the singing. Ashley Holt is unimaginative and his voice is so raucous I begin to wonder if he was a heavy smoker. With a more reflective, sensitive singer this would have been a lovely momento of a live Rick Wakeman concert. Pity.