After 30 years as one of rock's greatest keyboardists, Rick Wakeman remains blazingly prodigious in this performance from September 2000. Recommended above other Wakeman DVDs, Live from Buenos Aires finds the synth wizard ... more »"in the zone" with his handpicked English Rock Ensemble, featuring Wakeman's son Adam (also on keyboards) and rock-solid drumming by longtime associate Tony Fernandez. Excerpts from "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" wisely eschew the storybook narration, focusing on the musical ambition of Wakeman's prog-rock opus. And while Damian Wilson's vocals are adequate (his version of Yes's "Starship Trooper" makes you yearn for Jon Anderson), Ant Glynne's fiery guitar is a fine match for Wakeman's warp-speed arpeggios. Unfortunately, the accompanying Official Bootleg CD is as bad as the DVD is good; it's an amateur one-mic recording from 1997, and the song listing is inaccurate. "1984" replaces "Robot Man/Paint It Black," Yes's "Wurm" is listed but not included, and Chrissie Hammond's exquisite vocals deserve a better showcase. The DVD's enjoyable interview clips offer modest compensation. --Jeff Shannon« less
Nightwing | Louisville, Kentucky United States | 12/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I got this DVD today and haven't stop watching it! All I can say is WOW!!!! Rick and his rock band, featuring his son Adam, play the semi-new music, "Buried Alive" (which sounds oh so sweet live) and the old classic such as "Catherine Parr" to a new level of excellence. Rick even plays a YES piece of music, derived mostly of the song "Starship Trooper". A little bit of a different sounding version than the original, but nevertheless, still riveting. "Wurm" sounds like the 90125 YES blended with the classic YES sound of the 70's .... towards the end of "Starship Trooper" the front man of this band Damian Wilson, takes his metal sounding vocals and puts nice accents into the mix as the other band memebers begin to rev up their instruments for a climatic ending to the concert. Another moment worth mentioning is in "Merlin the Magician" when Rick and son, Adam, square off in a playful 'battle of the fingers', as both keyboard 'magicians' show off their spectacular skills.The DVD also contains a nice sit down interview with Rick, as he tells, among other things, his reason behind wearing a cape. The runtime of the DVD concert is well over an hour and a half. The only two small draw backs are the sometimes sub-par directing and camera work of the video (which still is above average for a live concert) and the extra audio CD which has (as advertised) bootleg sound .... but its free, so I won't complain.Overall, a must have for all prog-rock fans! Wakeman is still the number one living keyboard legend ..... hands down."
One of the Best!!
R. Ramirez | Las Vegas | 08/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the best RW DVDs I've seen.
1 Lancelot and the Black Knight (from "Myths & Legends...") 2 Catherine Howard/Catherine of Aragon (from "Six Wives...") 3 The Visit (from "Phantom Power") 4 Journey to the Centre of the Earth 5 Catherine Parr (from "Six Wives...") 6 Merlin the Magician ("Classic Tracks" version-with vocals) 7 Buried Alive (from "Returnt to the Centre of the Earth") 8 1984 (medley) 9 Starship Trooper (from "The Yes Album")
Rick Wakeman - keyboards Adam Wakeman - Keyboards & Backing Vocals Tony Fernandez - Drums & Percussion Damian Wilson - Vocals Ant Glynne - Guitars & Backing Vocals Lee Pomeroy - Bass
The sound is excelent, evey musician VERY talented. Not just keyboards. Both the guitarrist and the bass player have their solo parts.
A wild concert. HIGHLY RECOMENDED "
JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU | Weston Hills, FL United States | 07/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Very emotional performance of this icon of progressive symphonic rock.Recorded in my natal city,Buenos Aires,in 1993,at the Gran Rex theatre,a place I'm very familiar with,having attended many concerts there,this very one included,I can tell you it has PERFECT acoustics,hence the mightiness of the sound.100'+ of PERFECT picture,countless camera angles,and a very young Adam Wakeman as a second keyboardist.The sound is very good only like 45% louder on the left channel,easily compensated for by the balance knob.The bass drums and tom toms are so dynamic I could barely handle them with my speakers (you'd better have a subwoofer).Ant Glynne,the guitarrist,treats us to a quasi heavy metal performance during the many solos he plays,making the overall sound very different from that of the studio records,a gorgeous feature if I may add.This has got to be if not the most pefect,the better,hottest,most emotional Rick's performance ever captured on video.As a plus,the extras feature a very interesting 15'interview in which Rick speaks about his musical carrer and the history of the shooting of the video.Long live the master !!!!! On the other hand,the bonus audio cd is actually recorded from a cable TV broadcast,and is awful,making it the perfect gift for that in-law relative you love so much......"
Great performances - good transfer, lousy vocals
Amanda Bartels | Eltham, Victoria Australia | 12/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a must if you're a fan of Wakeman with a band, which I am. The concert really rocks with a great setlist, including the 2 Catherines (the best live recording of this medley I believe, with Rick playing that wonderful Korg Prophecy during the Celtic jig part); Merlin, featuring son Adam and Rick jousting with each other and their keytars which is fantastic (Adam really shines and lags not an iota behind his Dad in the slick fingers department); and an awesome version of Starship Trooper - well, Wurm really. Damian's vocals on Starship Trooper are cringeworthy but Adam and Ant Glynne really make up for it during their solos, and Rick brings in the Moog at the end for a really rollicking version of the Yes classic.Rick has a good keyboard setup as well, featuring mainly his trusty Roland XV (streets ahead of that tinny Kurzweil he fancies on other recordings and which doesn't seem to get played here); the Minimoog, Roland 700 piano, Korg organ, O1W Pro X, and the Korg Trinity and Triton. All get a workout and it sounds great, strong and rocky enough to compete with the rest of the band and the Moog comes through very nicely, unlike some other Yes recordings where it seems to get drowned in the mix.Lancelot is the opener and is also very tight and nice to hear played by the band. The sound quality is very good, much better than the accompanying CD which is pretty muddy; however Robot Man and After Prayers feature on that so it's worth listening to even if it does sound like it's coming through a mattress. After Prayers sounds wonderful and even Damian seems well-suited to its bluesy style. Apart from these two, the CD is not really memorable.I won't say any more about Damian Wilson's vocals - either you like him or you don't. The grit-your-teeth section for me comes during Merlin where Damian sings lyrics. Bleah. Not a good move on Rick's part as I can't see where Merlin ever needed lyrics. Whatever the reasons he came up with, a great track is spoiled as a result.Not much else on the DVD except an appealing interview with Rick about his career from early days to present, which you can now listen to word for word on the Yes Speak DVD, which is not a patch on this one in terms of spirit and atmosphere and pure rockin' fun. However you really don't need special features here, just the live concert is enough reason to buy this disc. A keeper - great performances all round from Ant Glynne, Tony Fernandez, Lee Pommeroy, Adam Wakeman and of course the ol' legend himself, even if he did have to wear that funny cape for contractual reasons."
Why did Rick Wakeman pick such an awful singer?
Craig J. Doucette | Fort Myers, Florida United States | 04/23/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I loved Yes and Rick Wakeman and had the opertunity to them both. Rick is an accomplished keyboard player. Six Wives of Henry VIII is possibly the definative masterpiece of rock keyboard wizardry to date. But in my opinion Rick Wakeman as a soloist has done little since then. The DVD still shows that Rick can play and has lightning fast hands. But the main vocalist is horrible! Every time he opened his mouth I wanted to scream. Worst possible moment was his rendition of Starship Trooper. Jon Anderson can sing circles around this guy, as could just about anyone else. It is nice to see Rick's son following in his footsteps as he appears on this disc. All in all for Wakeman diehard fans only."