Rick Wakeman - The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table (1975) [DVD-A 2015 (FLAC 24-96)

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Rick Wakeman - The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table (1975) [DVD-A 2015 (FLAC 24-96)

Rick Wakeman - The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table (1975)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 44:43 minutes | 992 GB
DVD-Audio to FLAC Stereo | Artwork: Complete scans

The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is the third studio album from the English keyboardist Rick Wakeman, released in April 1975 on A&M Records. Its concept based on the legend of King Arthur and the various figures and events associated with him. Wakeman started writing the album during his recovery in hospital following a heart attack. Recording began in October 1974 after his North American tour in support of his previous two albums, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Wakeman performs with an orchestra, choir, and his rock band, The English Rock Ensemble.

Rick Wakeman's third solo album is among his best, as he employs his vast array of keyboards to their full extent, musically describing the characters pertaining to the days of King Arthur's reign. With orchestra and choir included, although a little less prevalent than on Journey, he musically addresses the importance and distinguishing characteristics of each figure through the use of multiple synthesizers and accompanying instruments. "Lady of the Lake" is given a mystical, enchanted feel, perpetrated by a more subtle use of piano and synthesizer, while the battle of "Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight" is made up of a barrage of feuding keyboard runs and staccato riffs, musically recounting the intensity of the duel. But it's on "Merlin the Magician" where Wakeman truly shines, as the whimsy and peculiarity of this fabled figure is wonderfully conjured up through the frenzy of the synthesizer. As one of Wakeman's most famous pieces, it is here that his astounding musicianship is laid out for all to hear, a marvelous bisque of keyboard artistry. The album's entirety is a sensational execution of Wakeman's adroitness, and with vocals from Ashley Holt and Gary Pickford Hopkins, it still stands along with Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Six Wives of Henry VIII as one of his most astute pieces.

Tracklist:

01 - Arthur
02 - Lady of the Lake
03 - Guinevere
04 - Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight
05 - Merlin the Magician
06 - Sir Galahad
07 - The Last Battle

Mastered by Neil Wilkes at Opus Productions Ltd.

Analyzed: Rick Wakeman / The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR8 -3.30 dB -14.76 dB 7:28 01-Arthur
DR10 -4.39 dB -18.67 dB 0:46 02-Lady of the Lake
DR11 -3.30 dB -17.86 dB 6:43 03-Guinevere
DR8 -3.30 dB -13.09 dB 5:23 04-Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight
DR9 -3.30 dB -15.03 dB 8:47 05-Merlin the Magician
DR10 -3.30 dB -16.84 dB 5:53 06-Sir Galahad
DR11 -3.30 dB -17.65 dB 9:43 07-The Last Battle
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Number of tracks: 7
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2894 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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