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Rick Wakeman: Reissues

Album Review

Curiouser and curioser... The brilliantly baffling world of Wakeman.

It takes a special kind of 20-something bloke to turn Tudor sagas and medieval legends into rock records. Yet that’s precisely what Rick ‘keyboard botherer/Grumpy Old Men dude/all-round nice guy’ Wakeman did, during his initial post-Yes years – as these reissues (his first and third solo LPs) remind us, in deluxe quadraphonic/DVD and CD formats.

By turns baroque, jazzy and insane, they represent the school of thought which dictates that the only thing wrong with crazy piano is not enough crazy piano.

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