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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rick Wakeman - Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1974)

Journey to the Centre of the Earth is Rick Wakeman's second solo album, released in 1974. It is loosely based on Jules Verne's novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. It was recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England on January 18, 1974. A big success, this album topped the charts of various countries and sold more than fourteen million copies. It is said that Wakeman had to sell many of his belongings and mortgage his house to record it. He couldn't cut it in the studio because of the restricted budget. It was originally written to be longer, but certain parts had to be cut and overdubbed since the orchestra was expensive and Wakeman couldn't afford to re-record those parts. This album is available in its original recording, a live DVD recording at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia in 1975, and a later orchestra-free/lyric free studio version is available on the 1994 "Greatest Hits" album. This was the first Wakeman album with vocals. - Wikipedia

Rick Wakeman - Synthesizers
Gary Pickford-Hopkins - Vocals
Ashley Holt - Vocals
David Hemmings - Narrations
Mike Egan - Guitar
Roger Newell - Bass Guitar
Barney James - Drums
London Symphony Orchestra

1. The Journey / Recollection (21:10)
2. The Battle / The Forest (18:57)

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