Sunday, January 19, 2014

40 Year Itch: Forming Magic Chandeliers

  On August 18, 1974 off and on Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman recorded the best selling album of his solo career, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, live in concert with the London Symphony Orchestra and The English Chamber Choir. Based on the Jules Verne novel, the concept album topped the UK charts and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200. It has since sold 14 million copies. The narrator on the album is actor David Hemmings. He is replaced in the 1975 performance below by Terry Taplin.

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