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George R on 20th June 2020 [Other reviews]
Red Planet is everything I hoped it would be and more. I think it's the best sounding album from Rick. The production is so rich, warm, and dynamic. The guitar, bass, drum, and keyboard sounds are all killer. Red Planet needs to be actively listened to in its entirety. The arrangements are incredibly complex and full of surprises. The tunes are chock full of catchy riffs, tricky rhythms, and dramatic themes. In Arsia Mons, Cooney plays an excellent Gilmour-esque acoustic guitar solo over an awesome electric piano sound. I love how the beautiful and gentle South Pole precedes the insane closing number. Valles Marineris might be the best piece Rick has ever composed. It is simply breathtaking.
Andrew Knightley on 20th June 2020 [Other reviews]
I was instantly transported back to the seventies and again another world upon hearing the first few bars, the use of older analogue and newer digital keyboards increased the tone and depth of sound allowing a greater flexibility within the composition of the tracks, in true Wakeman style this album is a triumph for all involved. Sit back relax and leave this world and go to another awesome musical experience.
Alan Morgan on 20th June 2020 [Other reviews]
What can I say about the "Red Planet"? What a Beautiful Recording! It has been worth the wait! Congratulations on a great album, Rick! As with the last album done with the English Rock Ensemble, superb sound and excellent musicianship from all participants. No vocals this time, and Rick sure makes up for that with his virtuoso keyboard performances. My favourite track so far (it may change with further listenings) is "Pavonis Mons", where the soloing is amazing. It reminds me occasionally of the style used in the opening track of "White Rock", where the keyboard solo goes off at a tangent and you wonder where this is going and he finishes the run of notes and you find youself amazed that he could even think of a run of notes like that let alone play it! Then it changes pace (as it should with the Prog genre) and you get a superb finale. Love this sort of thing in Rick's Music! Very impressed with all the other musicians, especially Lee Pomeroy's bass work. I first came across his playing on the Yes ARW live album last year, and like all Southpaw players, he really plays superbly. Just waiting now for the CD release later this month (June 2020), and can't wait to see that special edition packaging!