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18th January 2013

Music Project - Album #18 - 1984 - Rick Wakeman @ 15:30

1984 - Rick Wakeman

Take one Chaka "Chaka" Khan (out of deep storage), a dose of Kenny Lynch, a teaspoon of Jon Anderson, a pinch of cockney rebel Steve Harley and mix well with copious amounts of bearded prog rock keyboard player (remove beard). Garnish with sprinklings of Tim Rice Libretto which has been steeped overnight in a solution of George Orwell's 1984. Leave to play for 46 minutes.

Serve with bemusment.

Rick the bearded grump mashes out another album of prolonged twiddling this time without the ice skating panto horses. Instead he collaborates with Tim "Jeeeesus Christ Superstar" Rice and tells the story of Orwell's 1984.

If you can listen through Chaka "Chaka" Khan's screeching you will hear something quite entertaining. Don't get me wrong, this isn't "Lounging about on the sofa drinking coffee" music, nor is it "bring some girl home and romance her" music (unless you've found the mythical female prog fan). It isn't even "Aren't we refined" dinner party music. It's "Let's vacuum the house" or "Wash the dishes" music.

Admittedly I used to listen to it when I did my paper round so it isn't all that bad really.

Except for the screeching.

 
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From:zoefruitcake
Date:18th January 2013 15:49 (UTC)
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ah, so the fact that a female prog fan is mythical is the reason so many prog fans are single blading men who live with mother and wear fading black band t-shirts is it?
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From:stegzy
Date:18th January 2013 15:51 (UTC)
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Eggs act Lee
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From:stainsteelrat
Date:18th January 2013 23:05 (UTC)
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I dabbled in Yes during university years, and even some Jon Anderson solo stuff. Not sure I made it to Wakeman though...
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From:stegzy
Date:20th January 2013 11:39 (UTC)
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Anderson's stuff isnt all that bad. It's when you get into the deep dark realms of Wakeman, Howe and the guest keyboard player's solo works....that's when things start getting....odd.

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