Rick Wakeman’s Journey To The Center Of The Earth celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of his landmark concept album
Based on the novel by Jules Verne, which also marks its 150th anniversary in 2014, the album is one of rock era’s pioneering achievements. This record sold 15 million copies and rewrote the rules of symphonic rock, adventure novels all rolled into one magnificent concept performance.
The MP3 edition of Rick Wakeman’s Journey To The Center Of The Earth will be available via Amazon and iTunes on June 24th. There are also multiple editions of the recording including unique collectors editions available from the Rick Wakeman’s Music Emporium.
Earlier this year Rick Wakeman staged a series of Journey to the Center of the Earth concerts in England, Scotland and Wales. Here is an excellent review from The Doughnut.
“This is the start of a new Journey,” says Rick Wakeman, “the original score for the album had been lost for so many years, making any new performances impossible. but after it turned up without warning , we managed to restore it and add previously missing music that was not included in the original performances. It has taken another half decade to develop it into this tour, but I can’t wait to take Jules Verne’s magnificent story on tour again.”
For those of you who seek an in-depth article about Rick Wakeman and the Journey To The Centre Of The Earth I suggest getting a hold of the Prog Rock Back Issue #45. (Hard copy ). I read my edition on my Apple iPad