In 1974 "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth" became the second successful LP of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who had just quit Yes. 40 years later, the Mittsechziger celebrates the anniversary of his audience favourite with a new recording released in 2012 (!). In addition to the single disc version, the listener now has a choice of five more versions (the "Limited Edition" box and the "Super Deluxe Collector's Edition" box also contain the new edition of "Return To The Center Of The Earth"). Since Wakeman was short of money at the beginning of the seventies and could not afford a studio recording of "Journey...", he had had to record his opulent but not intrusively instrumented work live. It was obvious that this was at the expense of perfection (e.g. the slanted lead vocals). This shortcoming is fixed in the new version. And in addition, there is 14 minutes more music here that was originally cut out. All in all, Wakeman deserves credit for not destroying his classic, but merely giving it a fresher face.
Top track: Journey's Dawn