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The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur & The Knights Of The Round Table


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  • Audio CD (April 25, 1988)
  • Original Release Date: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you like classical music, you'll love this CD.
Thumper(thumper2@ameritech.net)
For a long time I couldn't find it anywhere, so I was so happy to be able to purchase and re-experience it!
LisaMadison
There are recuring musical themes both instrumental and a capella, as well as the full ensemble passages.
Nelson R. Willis

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David Hugaert on June 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Question: What do you get when you combine classical music with a Victorian edge and progressive rock? Why, you get one of the most brilliant pieces of musical geniusness ever put on record! The result is "The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table", by one of (progressive) rock's most gifted keyboardists - Rick Wakeman. A rather quaint, well versed British-esque narrative sets the tone of "Arthur" in grand fashion. The rather brief "Lady Of The Lake", the lengthy "Merlin The Magician" and the timely adequate "Sir Galahad, all display the same introductory Victorian choir chant and piano stylings. "Guinevere", "Sir Lancelot And The Black Knight" and "The Last Battle" each display a unique pattern of progressivism, which is a perfect compliment to the Victorian-styled classical music and Shakespearean themes etched throughout this CD. If you like these four titles by Genesis: "Trespass", "Nursery Cryme", "Selling England By The Pound" and "A Trick Of The Tail", then you'll most likely enjoy "Myths and Legends..." Of the four above mentioned titles, "Selling England" would make the best companion CD to "Myths", due to its' very British lyrical and musical nature. The shock value of "Myths" will be surprising to many Yes fans, because the progressive chords featured on it don't sound anything like the typically progressive instincts provided by Yes, of which Rick Wakeman was a member during the early and late '70's, and also during the early '90's on the group's '91 release "Union".Read more ›
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Steven Marks on December 30, 2001
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When Yes broke up the first time in 1975, interestingly enough all the former members of the band came out with solo or duo albums. All of them produced their albums at about the same time and all of them combined an orchestra with their works.
I like Steve Howe's "The Steve Howe Album". Double Rondo is a work that Steve composed and highlights his guitar prowness. However, Wakeman's work is more impressive. Rick also composed every song and instrumentation. While he composed in such a way as to highlight his own skills also; the overall level of the composition is such that Wakeman's keyboarding is much more integrated into the overall composition than his fellow former (and future) bandsmen from 'Yes' integrated their skills into their albums.
Each title of this album focuses on one of the characters of the King Arthur legend - except for the final title entitled "The Final Battle". Wakeman captures his interpretation of the character in each title. For example, 'Merlin the Magician' has some very whimsical parts to it sounding like a player piano playing in a old US Western movie.
Wakeman has the English Chamber Chorus supplying vocals in each title - sometimes producing a very dramatic effect. Rick plays a variety of keyboards: grand piano, mellotron, synthesizer, electric organ, lyritron. Trumpets from the orchestra in 'The Final Batlle' remind me of wakeman's syntesizer towards the end of the yes song 'Heart of the Sunrise'.
If you like early Yes (The Yes album, Fragile, CTE,TO Topo Oceans), then I think you will like this work by Wakeman - even though it has a more ochestral sound then Yes. out of all the works by former Yesman in ~1975; I think this has the most 'Yes' sound to it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nelson R. Willis on January 31, 1999
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This is one of Wakeman's better albums, and it is also one of my favorite albums in general. As one would expect of him, Rick plays a lot of different keyboard instruments on this album (Moog Synthesizer, Grand Piano, Harpsichord, etc.) so you get a lot of accoustic and electronic tambres. This effect is enhanced by his use of a rock band with solo vocalists along with a male choral group, a full choir, and a full orchestra. This amitious project worked out really well. There are recuring musical themes both instrumental and a capella, as well as the full ensemble passages. There are many a moment on this album which sent chills down my spine; this was due to the exiting and moving music, but also because there is much drama in the lyrics as well. The "Guenevere" song would bring any sentimental soul to tears. "Merlin the Magician" begins and ends with a small male a capella choral group, but the real fire is the instrumental movement in between. The music gets really sinister and exiting with screaming Moog lines accented with demonic-sounding decending piano passages. I don't even know why I'm trying to describe this album, because it really needs to be heard rather than talked about. I would recomend it to anyone who is into Arthurian tales, anyone who likes grand rock music, or maybe even an open-minded classical music fan who is willing to try orchestral/operatic rock.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1999
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A master piece by Rick Wakeman telling the epic story of the legendary King Arthur and his knights of the round table. One of Wakeman's best albums and an album that still compete with albums in today's rock.
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