Rick Wakeman: Live (1990)

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Rick Wakeman ... Self
Ashley Holt Ashley Holt ... Self
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Cheesy sounds, but outstanding production quality
19 December 2002 | by JamieFSee all my reviews

I saw the DVD version. The production quality is excellent: extremely sharp, crisp footage that focuses on Rick and what his hands are doing, and clear, well mixed sound. Unfortunately, the performance that is being so capably documented is not so great. Basically, Rick has chosen some breathtakingly cheesy keyboard sounds, and the musicians playing with him aren't all that great (or aren't having a good day). On top of that, the set design and the lighting are pretty damn cheesy too. Just to put my comments in context, I'm a serious Yes fan, a prog weenie, I've seen Rick in concert (performing with his son a few years ago), and I have a fair amount of tolerance for dorkiness in music, in the name of artistic experimentation and focusing on the positive stuff. This is just too much, though.

If you're a keyboard player or some other kind of musician, or just a Rick Wakeman fanboy/-girl/-bot who wants to sit and watch the guy's fingers fly so you can say "damn that guy is a good keyboard player", no problem. On the other hand if you are hoping to convince your significant other / friends / parents / pets that Rick Wakeman is the coolest guy ever and his music f'in rawks, forget it. You will only convince them that he is a middle-aged blond stubbly dork and that you listen to goofy music. Find some other concert recording and try that instead.


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