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    Rick Wakeman covers I Saw The Light

    Rick adding piano, organ and synth solo to the original Rundgren track with the life squeezed out of it. Assuming it's genuine, what is the point? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEY55G2CL6s

    Looks like it's streaming on Apple and Spotify so is it a case of easy money for clicks or am I being too cynical?

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    Its from the Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra label, so maybe it is from one of their all-star "Tribute to" records.

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    That really adds nothing to the original. Just a fluffy layer of frosting. Can Todd solo over some Six Wives tunes next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Roth View Post
    Its from the Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra label, so maybe it is from one of their all-star "Tribute to" records.
    Rundgren's currently on Cleopatra and has done another album of collaborations with other artists (not released yet). Maybe Wakeman's on one of them (they met on Danny Baker's radio show a year ago) and this cover was part of the deal.

    I expect most covers not to improve on the original, but I cannot believe how dreadful it sounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    That really adds nothing to the original. Just a fluffy layer of frosting.
    There's hardly anything of the original track there as far as I can tell. Mainly just the lead vocal. The bass and drums are newly recorded for a start.

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    When I saw the thread title, I thought this would make an interesting Wakeman cover

    if you want money for people with minds that hate, all I can tell you is brother you have to wait

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    Heh! Funnily enough in the radio show I mentioned earlier Rick said his mother was into old-time country music when he was growing up but he couldn't stand it.

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    ^ Yeah, that's the one I was thinking of when I saw the thread title too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    That really adds nothing to the original. Just a fluffy layer of frosting. Can Todd solo over some Six Wives tunes next?
    QFT. And the synth solo is a pathetic replacement for Todd's guitar solo.
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    Replace Todd's guitar solo?
    Replace Todd's guitar solo?
    You CANNOT replace Todd's guitar solo.
    if you want money for people with minds that hate, all I can tell you is brother you have to wait

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    What the hell was that???
    I love Rick Wakeman(and early Todd), but this reminded me of one of those musical pieces musicians made back in the day where they sequenced every musical note on an Atari 1040ST.
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    Is this a good place to post tracks from Piano Vibrations?


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    Hunh. Who's singing on that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    What the hell was that???
    I love Rick Wakeman(and early Todd), but this reminded me of one of those musical pieces musicians made back in the day where they sequenced every musical note on an Atari 1040ST.
    Hey, I worked with an Atari.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Hunh. Who's singing on that?
    Unknown, or at least uncredited. If you haven't heard it, Piano Vibrations was an album of covers that Wakeman played piano on as a session player, that Polydor rereleased as a Wakeman "solo album" after he got all famous.

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    Very Welky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesmanzi View Post
    Unknown, or at least uncredited. If you haven't heard it, Piano Vibrations was an album of covers that Wakeman played piano on as a session player, that Polydor rereleased as a Wakeman "solo album" after he got all famous.
    That's like one of those K-TEL Today's Hits! releases where they re-recorded the songs with different performers.

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    Speaking of Yes and covers, here's Allegaeon's newly-released version of Roundabout:

    https://youtu.be/73WTnRa0d6M

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    I just finally listened to some of this.

    I thought Liberace died.
    Orange is the new stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    I just finally listened to some of this.

    I thought Liberace died.
    If he hadn't before, he has now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by malgeo View Post
    Speaking of Yes and covers, here's Allegaeon's newly-released version of Roundabout:

    https://youtu.be/73WTnRa0d6M
    No. Just no. I am a big fan of creative covers, but this is actually a destructive cover: they took one of the prettiest pieces in the flonkus genre, and made large parts of it, well, ugly.
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    Maybe he could try the Status Quo song


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    This is obviously fake. You noticed that, right?

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