Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: New Age, Pop, Rock
2007 reissue of this album by the keyboard whiz and Prog-Rock superstar. Originally released in 1995, this album is considered a true treasure in Rick Wakeman?s vast catalogue and has been unavailable for some time. The mu... more »
2007 reissue of this album by the keyboard whiz and Prog-Rock superstar. Originally released in 1995, this album is considered a true treasure in Rick Wakeman?s vast catalogue and has been unavailable for some time. The music on this album is considered by many, including Rick Wakeman, to be some of the best he has ever written and recorded. The album?s musical director is also a well known name to many Rick Wakeman fans: Rick?s son Adam. The music contained on Cirque Surreal was actually performed live in Brighton for the circus for a week complete with band. Since then however the album has become a hard to find artifact. The album also features Rick?s long time drummer Tony Fernandez and Fraser Thorneycroft-Smith on guitar and on some of the tracks Chrissie Hammond on vocals. 11 tracks. Music Fusion.
Worthy ROCK from RICK
Peter Anderson | Levittown, PA United States | 08/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When "Return to the Center of the Earth" first came out, it put Rick back in my mind and I wanted to catch up on some of his music. At that time, I saw on AllMusic that Rick had released hundreds of albums (as you can see at Amazon), but from what I could tell, lots of those albums were more like new age or muzak-y albums. Well, I wanted to find the rock stuff. Hey, I grew up in the '70s with Wakey. His music rocked out then and that's the way I still wanted it. I already have Enya albums. So after belaborously reading endless summaries at AllMusic, I finally selected this obscure album and purchased it here at Amazon, as it seemed to hold the most prog-rock potential.
And I'm glad I did! This is a delightful listen. Wakeman puts his synthesizer to good use. It is evident he was in a happy state of mind when he recorded this album as the melodies are playful, fun and upbeat. And he does quite a bit of soloing, with a full band accompanying. I felt like his playing was not featured enough on "Return to the Center of the Earth." I mean, that album had well written songs and all, but it didn't have driving synth solos. Well, this "Cirque" album delivers the Wakeman goods a la his great '70s albums.
So in summary: Wakeman has done it with this album. A solid rock album featuring his multitude of keyboards, especially highlighting his classic Moog-sounding leads. I felt it was well worth the money and am glad I got it."
Absolutely first-rate fun
Peter Anderson | 05/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All the songs are great - the tunes Rick plays on his keyboard are amazing. I wish I could play like him!"