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Wakeman and Italian drummer and singer Mario Fasciano co-wrote this album (along with one G. Castiglia), and recorded it in Naples in 1989. Given the title, and Wakeman's history, this is presumably a concept album, but to follow it you'll need to know Italian (to understand the lyrics) or maybe Japanese (to read the liner notes of the Jimco release). Wakeman is in unfamiliar territory here, and the result is a stylistic departure from his usual work — it has been likened to the sound of Italian progressive rock bands of the '70s, such as PFM. Wakeman's playing is uncommonly restrained, but good.


Born: 18 May 1949 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in Perivale, Middlesex, England, Rick Wakeman's interest in music manifested itself very early, and from the age of seven on he studied classical piano. At the age of 14, he joined a local band, Atlantic Blues, the same year he left school to enroll in the Royal College of Music. He had his eye on a career as a concert pianist, but Wakeman was dismissed from the college after it became clear that he preferred playing in clubs to studying technique. By his late teens, he was an established...
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