Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Rick Wakeman
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Rick Wakeman's return to YES in June of 2002 coincided with the completion of the recording of "Out There", his first progressive rock album with his own band for 26 years. In true Wakeman tradition, "Out There" is a music... more »
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Wonderful... No Earthly Connection 2
Ross D. P. Harris | Merritt Island, FL United States | 10/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was very sceptical about this album. It was touted as a return to progressive rock, and a sequel to "No Earthly Connection".I wasn't so impressed with the sequel to "Journey to the Center of the Earth" ("Return to the Center of the Earth"). I did like it but found it didn't add anything new to the original recording, just more of the 'same'.But, happy with my recent purchase of "No Earthly Connection" on CD at long last (Japanese import), and listening to a few promising samples I decided to give it a try.Fortunately, Rick avoids all the problems of "Return..." by delivering a fresh new album that stands on it's own. The sound is more modern prog rock than an attempt to recapture the past.A couple of tracks wouldn't be out of place on a modern 'Yes' album, with the Chris Squire-like bass on 'Universe Of Sound' and the Anderson-like vocals on 'Music Of Love'. But this is no Yes wannabee. I suspect this album would've got much more attention if it was by a new unknown band than a rock dinosaur.The album ROCKS- this is Rick at his best, as a member of a real band. It's not heavy metal, or sappy modern pop-rock that. Nor is it ambient soundscapes. This is rock...And we only had to wait 27 years..."
NO TOO PROGRESSIVE
Ross D. P. Harris | 09/23/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A fan of Rick Wakeman since "Six Wives...", I'm still looking for a "real" Progressive Rock album from Rick since "No Earthly Connection". In many other progressive forums this one has been raved as his best in many years, but too classify "Progressive" this cd is IMO not a right description. It should be in the "Progressive Metal" racks. The use of frequent and too heavy guitar riffs is a lowdown. Yes, you will hear great keyboard solos and the use of female chorus (in this ocassion understandable words, not like "Return to the center..."). The intervention of singer Damian Wilson strengthens the overall feel of a Heavy Metal record as it seems he is always hitting the same hight notes, making this record not an easy one to hear and enjoy. Sometimes is even stresfull. In summary, if you are on the Neo-Prog and "Heavy Metal" veins, maybe this will suit you. If you are looking for a Progressive cd, is not with only two exceptions: "Cathedral of the sky" and "To be with you". I'll be waiting anxiously for his next, but this time I hope he goes back to his roots, his best."
It's good etc etc etc BUT
Oymaprat | Nowhere In Particular | 07/10/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Firstly, the music on this one is great, I really like it. BUT I was a little dissapointed with the concept MOVIE part of it. Partly because when buying it I was not all that sure as to whether this was a live show or the concept movie it turned out to be. So, I don't know what I thought a concept movie was, but I didn't think it would be like this.
If you like the sound of listening to the Out There album with picures of spaceships and alien landscapes going on in the background then I'm sure this is for you. Only, re-reading that it doesn't sound to bad. I'll tell you the sort of thing that happens. One songs visuals consist of a lot of odd machines (possibly pumps) just, sort of doing their thing on a plain boring landscape. I'm sorry but for me it just isn't worth the money. Just buy the CD is my advise.
The only redeeming factor is the extra, a documentary of behind the scenes at the tour, and some interviews with Mr Wakeman. Even then, I'm sure they could have fitted some more extras on, perhaps one of the songs live, oh well. So to sum it all up- if you like the sound of the above get it, if not, steer clear. There are better Wakeman DVD's out their. Just do Quicksearch DVD - Rick Wakeman and you'll have a good few to choose from."
This is very good. Recommended.
mj | Seattle, WA | 06/30/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a huge Rick Wakeman fan for 25 years. I have owned several of his solo works from all eras. In recent years, though, I have not bought anything of his that was new. "Return To The Center Of The Earth" had been the last thing I bought from Wakeman, and I love it and give a very favorable review.
However, I have grown tired of Rick doing the same thing for the last 7 years or so. I have heard several of his recent works and his keyboard sounds have been getting a little too "airy" and "whimpy" for me. So, I have steered clear. (That being said, I have not yet heard the "Retro" projects yet.)
"Out There", though, was a very pleasant surprise. I rented the DVD and loved it and so bought it right away. The music is VERY good and breaks away from his typical sounds and styles of late. It's got a hard rocking edge to it and the visuals really add to the music. If he had done this in the early 70's it would be considered one of his all time best works along with 'Six Wives', 'Journey', and 'Arthur'. The New English Rock Ensemble also really delivers.
This DVD really is a fun musical experience. I very much recommend this, especially to those who, like me, have wearied over Rick's redundancy for the last few years. He broke out of something when he wrote this for sure."