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Rick Wakeman - The Legend (Live in Concert 2000)

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This DVD/CD Combination Disc features a breathtaking concert and album recorded during Rick's UK 2000 tour. This recording recaptures the

magic and memories of this musical genius' life and includes highlights from his collaborations with Cat Stevens, the English Rock Ensemble, and the legendary rock supergroup Yes. Production Stills; Cast/Crew Biography; Bonus tracks; DVD/CD Combination Disc: Side 1 (DVD) - The film; Side 2 (CD) - Music from the soundtrack; Side 2 playable on any DVD or CD player.

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Although Rick Wakeman has recorded an enormous number of solo projects, this DVD-plus-CD set The Legend (Live in Concert 2000) must surely be the best in terms of sheer value, quite apart from the fact that the performance is very good. Even long after the glory days of Yes and his grandiose solo albums of the 1970s, Wakeman, the inventor of rock keyboards (before him there were pianists and organists, while after him there were programmers), remains a consummate performer. Taken from one of his one-man shows, in which he mixes musical items from his entire career with some expertly delivered anecdotes, there's something to please every fan. The dozen tracks on the DVD include extracts from his solo albums, some Yes music, the brilliant (and hilarious) "Nursery Rhyme Concerto," and much more, while his story about the theater organ in Seattle is alone worth the price of the set. The extra audio CD features all the music on the show, while the DVD itself has six extra audio-only tracks, plus a very funny biography and a photo gallery. --Roger Thomas

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mvd Visual
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LC58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,535 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jeffery K. Matheus on March 10, 2002
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I was pleased to find this new DVD/CD package, "Rick Wakeman: The Legend 2000", while browsing through a music store one day. I have been following Wakeman's work since first hearing him with Yes back in the late-70's (in fact Yes' "Tormato" was the first rock album I ever bought,..or at least the first that I ever really "connected" with.) I have also enjoyed much of Rick's solo work over the years; particularly his more electric, "rock"-oriented projects ("Wakeman With Wakeman", "Live Bootleg", "Myths & Legends", etc.) Being a bit of a music video collector, I already had in my collection Wakeman's excellent 1991 "Live" video, which features him playing in his more rock-setting, with a tight backing band and bluesy vocalist Ashley Holt. This newly released DVD, on the other hand, features a fully-instrumental performance of the more classical and/or "new age-y" side of Wakeman's music - and this 2-hour show features no other musicians or collaborators...just Wakeman and his two hands in front of his rack of new-fangled keyboards! Rick covers some familiar material, and some that I was not familiar with at all. He performs some exrememely different covers of two classic Yes tracks, namely "And You And I" and "Wonderous Stories" (nicely re-arranged here for solo keyboard), as well as solo classics such as "Guinevere", "Birdman of Alcatraz", "Catherine Howard", and "The Recollection". One highlight for me was the version of "Jane Seymore", played with mind-bending skill, and using a beautiful, full-bodied church-organ sound! Although I usually don't like to hear covers of songs by The Beatles (the originals are just too good to mess with in my opinion!) Rick's personal tribute to Lennon & McCartney (a medley of "Help" and "Eleanor Rigby") is actualy another highpoint of this show to my ears.Read more ›
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Not often am I prompted to write a review, but this DVD is special. Simply stated, it's beautiful. The anecdotes are funny and insightful, the music is "nothing short of spectacular".
If you are a fan of Rick Wakeman, this DVD is a must. If you would like an introduction to Rick Wakeman, this DVD is a must. If you would like a spend 120 minutes being thoroughly entertained, this DVD is a must.
A wonderful fusion of music styles flawlessly combined to showcase his keyboard versitility. Simply beautiful.
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I'm sitting here watching the DVD and I'll just let stream of thought take over...Rick Wakeman(age 50) solo in concert... someone pinch me, I think I'm dreaming...we've heard these songs before but never so sharp and clear and played with so much passion...he doesn't miss a note...the short stories between the songs show Rick's sense of humor(watch out for the death scene in Anne Boleyn)...the DVD quality is supurb...Rick's version of "Help" may bring you to tears from it's shere beauty. Throw in extras like a detailed biography, photo gallery and an audio CD of the concert with "Merlin the Magician" added makes this package a must for all Rick Wakeman fans.
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The only way to describe this dvd/cd set is "perfect". The cd features the music tracks from the dvd concert. The dvd also features some bonus studio tracks. Overall, you get a lot of music. Also, Rick Wakeman tells jokes and stories between the songs on the dvd which are quite humorous. The concert features Rick alone playing keyboards, and on two tracks, a recorded orchestra backing track plays, but this does not cheapen the performance. It's not the long haired caped crusader from the 1970's, but if you're a fan of his later work, you'll enjoy this. The style of the performance parallels his Classical Connection albums and the Piano Tour album. [My only complaint about the whole concert is that there are bird sounds played in the background on his "Birdman of Alcatraz" track, but I'll let him get away with it this time!] My favorite Rick Wakeman dvd to date!
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The problem with buying several DVD's of the same artist is that you often hear the same pieces over and over again. The same does hold true here too, but there are a variety of pieces, switching back from piano to keyboards. There is a great version of Jane Seymour of this DVD.

This is a one man show. If you're looking for a good rock and rolling time, there are better choices. But, if you are interested in the music and really seeing Wakeman's technical abilities, this is great. There are also a few pieces on this DVD that aren't on the others.
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There are several single reasons to buy this DVD: two extremely funny anecdotes which I won't spoil; a sizzling, rocking arrangement of Eleanor Rigby; the Nursery Rhyme Concerto (Pop Goes the Weasel by Rachmaninoff!), and an amazingly virtuosic performance of Jane Seymour for which Rick inserted authentic organ sounds into his Korg - if you close your eyes, you're almost inside a church. Not quite. The synths can't match the raucous power of the great organ, however it's better than not at all. Magnificent.
Other than that, the DVD is a bit of a mix. There are lots of favourite Wakeman tracks from King Arthur and Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and a couple of Yes songs which are given a gentle piano treatment and stand up very well. These are interspersed by the aforementioned funny ditties, which really are rib tickling.
Unfortunately for me the experience was spoiled by the rather tinny and '80s sounding Kurzweil K2500 synthesizer which Rick uses primarily throughout the night. It's not a patch on the old analogs, but then I don't expect that, however I don't want 'ol Rick sounding like Yanni. Which he does with this particular board, and also with the backing sound that comes with it. Please bring back the Roland XV88. It had a far nicer sound.
But even with cheesy synth sounds, Rick still has the magic.
At 50, he's stunning. Someone once said; before Wakeman, there were piano players, and after him, there were programmers. Whatever you think of this statement, he is truly unique and this DVD is a great introduction to his superb skills if you've never heard him before, or a happy homecoming if you're a long time devotee. Just grit your teeth through the Yanni accompaniment, which knocked a star off my rating.
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