Journey to the Centre of the Earth is the third album by English keyboardist Rick Wakeman, released on 3 May 1974 by A&M Records. It is a live recording of the second of his two concerts at the Royal Festival Hall on 18 January 1974, the premiere of his 40-minute orchestral rock piece based on Jules Verne's science fiction novel of the same name.
Theatrical Elaborate Indulgent Complex Dramatic Literate. Imagination Introspection. Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
Following the release of his ambitious 1974 solo album ^Journey to the Centre of the Earth, former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman and his band set out on a world tour, during which they performed the LP's material in its entirety. The Melbourne date of Wakeman's Australian tour was filmed for television broadcast Down Under, and this home video release gives the rest of the world a chance to see this record of Wakeman and his group in their prime
They should have named this DVD Journey to the Centre of the '70s. Recorded before a huge Australian audience on February 4, 1975, this Rick Wakeman performance is precisely the kind of prog-rock pretentiousness that was so hilariously skewered in This Is Spinal Tap, and even Wakeman would have to agree it's pretty cheesy in retrospect. As a time capsule, however, this is must-see TV for Wakeman completists, albeit diminished by technical shortcomings of mid-'70s video. Remastering for . -channel Dolby can't vastly improve the average recording-the Melbourne Philharmonic.
Rick Wakeman, keyboards - Ashley Holt, vocals - Gary Pickford Hopkins, vocals - Jeffrey Crampton, guitars - Roger Newell, bass - Barney James, drums - John Hodgson, percussion - Terry Taplin, narration. The Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra - The Melbourne Chamber Choir. Releases information. But as a musical experience I much prefer the album, or even more so the recent live versions of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth. The actual quality of this film is not very good and even if it is surely very interesting to see Rick in action on all those vintage keyboards, this is not a film I have viewed more than once or twice.
2014 sees the 40th anniversary of the release of Rick Wakeman's landmark concept album, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth based on the novel by Jules Verne. Rick Wakeman and The Jules Verne Symphony Orchestra will celebrate this anniversary with a state of the art, dramatic, live arena presentation of this epochal, classical-rock crossover work touring the world.
In January 2005 for the very first time in 30 years Rick Wakeman and original band members Roger Newell, Ashley Holt, Barney James and Gary Pickford Hopkins were reunited at Shepperton Studios
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