Phantom Power (1990)
|This is the strangest soundtrack album ever and in many ways I think it is the best. I would certainly love to get my hands on the original film that the music was used for and do a joint package. The owners actually approached me about the idea and I said I was well up for it - and that was the last I heard from them!|
|Try and find the film on DVD or even video. It's quite brilliant.|
|Little Known Trivia|
|To the best of my knowledge it is the only full length feature film to have non stop music from start to finish.|
Ben Jordan on 28th March 2011 [Other reviews]
Phantom Power essentially presents the musical highlights to the new score Rick provided Universal in 1989 when they decided to update the 1925 adaptation of Phantom Of The Opera starting Lon Chaney for a modern audience. If the purists weren’t already offended by the colour tinting added to the ensuing drama, the wholly un-traditional score would have had them in fits of apoplexy. Not only do we get Rick’s contemporary keyboard motifs, but actual songs in both the rock genre and more operatic entries in between. These in turn are brought to life by long-time stalwarts of the Wakeman sound Ashley Holt, Chrissie Hammond and opera tenor Ramon Ramedios, with their respective talent really broadening the scope of the production.
Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen on 8th April 2003 [Other reviews]
This album sounds like Rick summing up the 80s - as well as taking a quick look back at "No earthly connection" from the 70s. The album features typical 80s instrumentals from Rick and songs sung by Ashley Holt, Chrissie Hammond and Ramos Remedios. The fact that these three singers all appear, makes this album sound a bit like a "greatest hits without the hits"-album. (Quotation: Bob Dylan). The album summs up the Ramos Remedios era, as well as the Chrissie Hammond era. The Ashley Holt tracks reminds me very much about the "Cost of living" / "1984" period. This album contains some very good tracks, like for instance the last two, but it can also be a bit too much to listen to the entire album. Programming can be a good idea to avoid losing interest along the way. The 90s was a period when Rick Wakeman sometimes seemed to prefer quantity to quality... (Who else would release ten to fifteen albums a year?) This has improved from "Return to the centre of the earth" and onwards.
Jon Hinchliffe on 27th September 1997 [Other reviews]
Phantom Power is a soundtrack Album but not in the usual style. The album consists of full blown songs and it is as if the film was added to the soundtrack instead of vice Versa. In fact the video for Queen's "Heavens for everyone" would be a good example