Rick Wakeman and The English Rock Ensemble – The Red Planet

Rick Wakeman and English Rock Ensemble
The Red Planet

What better way to lift the Corona depression that to travel to Mars with Rick Wakeman and the band. After his sojourn with the piano albums Rick has returned with a typically excellent piece of keyboard led inspiration joined by Dave Colquhoun on guitar, Lee Pomeroy on bass and Ash Soan on drums and special mention for the return of the mini moog.

Eight excellent lengthy pieces of music conclude with the masterpiece Valles Marineris where the backdrop of the valleys on the planet can be imagined. Itโ€™s many years since the classic Six Wives and Journey albums and Rick has returned to his progressive rock best, not making an Area 801 curiosity but one that brings all in to the 21st century and all that space technology brings to mind. It intermingles also his electrical keyboard genius with a sprinkling from the basic piano too.

No vocals leave for space for musical adventure across dusty red plains and gigantic mountains that is captured wonderfully where percussion, bass lines and lead guitar are prevalent. Power and precision gels with gentle and sporadic movements especially on the outro track that will leave the prog rock fan pressing the play button again.

Great to hear Rick at his progressive rock best proving that, like wine, his music gets better with age and thatโ€™s quite a statement.

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Martin Hudson

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  1. Hello to you again Martin,great to see you back in the Musical fold…Just to let you know that l am still recovering from prostate cancer,but on the way back now..๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐ŸคžGreat interview with our Chief Patron of Prog…Suppose we all owe a great musical debt to RW,Yes & the Crs…Many thanks to you again Martin & Hopefully will be able to attend some normality of concerts during 2021….l have been in touch with Steve Hackett last month & heโ€™s not sure when gigs will start again…But best of wishes to all in the music world ๐ŸŒ..Regards David Coyne, Newark Notts.


  2. Thanks for the good wishes and glad to see you are making a good recovery from the cancer. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘


  3. Thanks for that Martin…The ghosts of Oakwood & Herringthorpe alive & well again…
    Regards David ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘โšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿป๐Ÿบ๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿจ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ™๐Ÿโšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธ

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