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The Six Wives Of Henry VIII
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Rick Wakeman's "The Six Wives Of Henry VIII" is one of the landmark albums of the seventies, a critical and commercial success that has sold in excess of 15 million copies worldwide. In May 2009, Rick Wakeman finally achieved his long held dream of performing the entire album live at Hampton Court Palace. It was the first time the whole album had ever been performed in concert & included the Henry VIII track "Defender Of The Faith," that had to be cut from the original album for space reasons, plus new opening and closing pieces. The two spectacular sell out concerts were a never to be repeated event and this Blu-ray shows why they will live long the memory of all those fortunate enough to attend.
1) Tudorture / Henry's Fanfare
2) Tudorture / "1485"
3) Catherine Of Aragon
4) Kathryn Howard
5) Jane's Prelude
6) Jane Seymour
7) Defender Of The Faith
8) Katherine Parr
9) Anne Of Cleves
10) Anne Boleyn
Bonus Materials: Behind the scenes with Rick.
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HD Master Audio, surround sound, orchestral arrangement by Rick - wow, it must be something special!
Well, not exactly.
The HD Master Audio sounds dull, like Rick, his band and the orchestra are inside of the large cardboard box! Clarity and dynamic range are poor.
Surround sound? Yeah, baby, only when the audience make noise! Only then you can hear that your system has a pair of rear speakers. Other than that, it's essentially 3.1.
On top of that, some older funny-looking guy that think he is funny and witty, come to the stage after every tune exclaiming "wasn't it fantastic?" and other things, and then proceed with reading something about each wife from papers he bring with him. It lasts 3-5 minutes every time. I hate it. It stops music flowing, and I don't care much about his jokes.
So, I'm disappointed.
I am a drummer, and I love different time signatures, but it's quite another thing to write those songs, employ those changing time signatures, and play marvelouly across them. A drummer develops a pattern to fit the time, but Rick has to play melodies across them. Just gorgeous.
I bought the blu-ray. The video quality was so clear, I thought I might just be in the audience. The light show that continued throughout the show was lovely at times, vibrant at others. The sound was crystal clear. I always judge the high end by how well I can hear the cymbals: they were beautiful. I'm not a big fan of electronic drums (always prefer accoustic), but they sounded great, and I'm always amazed by left-handed drummers. He was perfectly in time (and in tune) with Wakeman.
The choir...glorious. Dramatic and perfectly balanced. The orchestra was balanced as well (though I thought the electtic bass drowned out the orchestra's basses). Loved the lady trombone player. The marimba and xylophone were well played, and I could hear them.
The standout musician (beside Rick Wakeman) was Ray Cooper. He seems to enjoy playing, and he has the talent to back it up (used to play percussion with Elton John and a host of others). He's equally adept at congas, tambourine, cymbal rolls. He adds so much spice to the concert. He's been playing since the 60s (at least), so he's been around forever. [...]
Sum it up? Fantastic DVD. Get the blu-ray. Worth every penny, and the little book with the history of Henry the Eighth is worth the price of the DVD itself.
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