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Once again expanding his creative range, Rick Wakeman employs the tenor voice of Ramon Remedios to aid in rehashing the myths of Roman and Greek mythology behind a mixture of classical, modern, and new age instrumental accompaniment. Deemed interesting for the forceful vocal carriage of Remedios as well as Wakeman's keyboard playing, the album's seven tracks uniquely describe such legends as Pandora's Box and the voyage of Ulysses with a tasteful, operatic air. Wakeman's use of the Korg synthesizer throughout the album inoculates the pieces with vibrant color without saturating them in the technological sound of the electric keyboard. Both producer John Burns and Wakeman himself do a splendid job of keeping the album in the context of it's mythological atmosphere, especially during "Hercules," where the might of the ancient hero is illustrated profoundly in both words and music. Sporting a new age sound rather than a progressive one, A Suite of Gods is one of Rick Wakeman's more diverse attempts at this form of music. Anyone interested in his refined style of keyboard playing will easily attach themselves to this album.


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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