Journey to the Centre of the Earth: RICK WAKEMAN


Journey to the Centre of the Earth entered the Kent Music Report album chart on 8 July 1974 and peaked at #2.

Rick Wakeman

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BONUS CLIP BELOW The Battle from Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Journey to the Centre of the Earth is the third album by English keyboardist Rick Wakeman, released in 1974. It is a live recording of the second of his two concerts at the Royal Festival Hall on 18 January 1974, the premiere of his 40-minute orchestral rock piece based on Jules Verne’s 1864 science fiction novel of the same name. It tells the story of Professor Lidinbrook, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans, who follow a passage to the Earth’s centre originally discovered by Arne Saknussemm, an Icelandic alchemist. Wakeman performs with the London Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Choir, and a group of hand-picked musicians for his rock band, which later became the English Rock Ensemble. Actor David Hemmings narrates the story.
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Journey to the Centre of the Earth excerpt: The Battle

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