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Cirque Surreal

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Wakeman wrote this music to accompany performances of the Cirque Surreal, a modern, all-human circus employing high-caliber gymnasts and lighting effects. There are a variety of tracks, all of which are dominated by Wakeman's fine playing: uptempo rockers with screaming guitar solos, tuneful keyboard-led instrumentals, and a few slower pieces (one of which is, for some reason, punningly titled "Tubular Balls"). Four tracks feature vocals by Chrissie Hammond; the rest are instrumental. This is one of Wakeman's strongest rock band efforts since the '70s.


Genre: Rock

One of the premier rock keyboardists of the progressive era, Rick Wakeman was born in Perivale, Middlesex, England, in 1949. His interest in music manifested itself very early, and from the age of seven 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...
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