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Genres: New Age, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
A 1993 release that was recorded in both the UK and Swaziland. The songs, all by Rick Wakeman and all featuring long-time collaborator Ashley Holt on vocals, deal with Rick's personal perspective on South Africa's apar... more »
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A 1993 release that was recorded in both the UK and Swaziland. The songs, all by Rick Wakeman and all featuring long-time collaborator Ashley Holt on vocals, deal with Rick's personal perspective on South Africa's apartheid regime.
POWERFUL Music, Powerful Message
Henry R. Kujawa | "The Forbidden Zone" (Camden, NJ) | 05/31/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"From its first play this has been one of my fave Wakeman albums. I think of this when I hear some who feel Rick can't write "rock" songs. "African Bach" and "Message Of Mine" are among my top favorite tunes from Wakeman's entire output (which is prodigious!) and most of the remaining songs I never seem to tire of hearing. My copy (from Japan) has few credits I can read, but I do believe that's the powerful voice of Ashley Holt roaring these numbers out, as he had on JOURNEY..., KING ARTHUR, NO EARTHLY CONNECTION, TIME MACHINE and PHANTOM POWER. Wakeman was on a roll around '91-'92, and did at least 7 albums in a ROW that I rank among his best-ever (the others being THE CLASSICAL CONNECTION, SOFTSWORD, CLASSICAL CONNECTION II, 2,000 A.D. INTO THE FUTURE, COUNTRY AIRS and WAKEMAN WITH WAKEMAN). Astonishing, when most artists who've been around as long as he has are burnt-out & "over-the-hill"!"
A Spiritual Rock Masterpiece
Kid Byron | Third Stone From the Sun | 10/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like spiritual music with a rock beat then you will love African Bach. This is a collection of songs about hope which are sung by the phenomenal Roy Astley. The tight rock band really blasts on "African Bach" "Liberty" "Face in the Crowd" and "Don't Touch the Merchandise" The softer songs like "My Homeland" "Anthem" and "Africa East" are just as powerful as they convey a message which cannot be ignored which is that we always need to think of helping others who are not as fortunate as we. I am a Rick Wakeman fanatic and "African Bach" is without doubt one of my favorite works by this legendary and virtuoso keyboardsman."
Wesley C Seavey | Winsted, CT - USA | 01/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most assuredly one of the finest and most noble albums of our time. For anyone who needs hope, direction, and to know Love is still within the hearts of some men. If you ever read this Rick, thank you more than words can express. May you always live in the Light..."