Music: Popping the Classics

Rick Wakeman mastered classical music at the Royal College of Music and rock as a keyboard sideman for such pop luminaries as Cat Stevens, T. Rex and David Bowie. Currently a member of Yes, England's foremost progressive rock group, Wakeman, 24, has conceived, performed and produced what is so far the most provocative rock LP of the year. The Six Wives of Henry VIIKA&M).

The album does not contain literal portraits of Henry's women; rather it is a six-movement instrumental suite conveying Wakeman's musical impressions of the ladies. Devoid of lyrics, it is bursting with diverse sounds: Mellotrons.* Moog synthesizers, electric...

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