Reviews by Juan Mares

Reviews by Juan Mares

Review of The Myths & Legends of King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table submitted on 18th January 2013

This one is my favourite record from Rick. It brings together three of my greatest passions: progressive rock, keyboards and the Arthurian myths. Very few times, if ever, have I found a record that blends so smoothly the sound of a rock band with electronic keyboards, an orchestra and choir. The opener, "Arthur" is absolutely breathtaking for the ambient, melodies and orchestration, a real paramount of this kind of music, but there is much more here: the strength of "The Black Knight", "Merlin" which sounds mysterious and humourous at the same time, or the final track, evocative and melancholic. Maybe this is not the best record to introduce someone to Rick's music (that would be probably "The Six Wives"), but for me this one is his most polished gem.

Review of 1984 submitted on 25th April 2013

Sorry Rick, but I couldn't agree less with your opinion on this album. OK, this one is not The Six Wives, Arthur, Journey or No Earthly, but in my opinion this is really a wonderful album, full of great moments. It came in a difficult moment, sure, but it has a classic feeling on it all and keys work, the singers and music are great. I remember having heard Rhapsodies (which I didn't like at all back then) not long before and I was somehow reluctant to buy 1984 as I thought it would be a similar work, but I am happy I finally decided to get it. I especially like the "classic" overall ambience in contrast with the history. Give this one a try, you won’t regret.

Review of Journey to the Centre of the Earth 2012 submitted on 17th June 2016

What could I say? This was one of the first of Rick's albums I heard back in the good old 70s. I always wondered why such powerful and inspired piece was recorded live, and how it would sound like if recorded at a studio? And now here it is, not just the old Journey in its full studio glory but much more, extended wilth those parts that were originally omitted for the vinyl release. An incredible work and incredible piece of music, and my only complain is that we have had to wait so long to be able to listen to this. The original is part of music history, but I have to say that this is much better. Really.