Rick Wakeman’s Journey To The Centre Of The Earth is being reissued across a number of formats to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
The keyboard virtuoso had been attempting to revive this best selling work – which won him an Ivor Novello Award back in the day – for a long time, but with the original conductor’s score apparently lost, that looked like an impossibility. However, back in 2008 the original score was recovered (and repaired), and with the help of the Jules Verne Symphony Orchestra and Choir and British actor Peter Egan, Wakeman recorded a new version of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth at Abbey Road Studios.
That new version was issued in 2012 as a special ‘fan-pack‘ which was a collaboration with Future Publishing and Classic Rock magazine.
For 2014, the re-recorded version of the album (which incorporates 20 minutes of music cut from the original) will be issued on 2LP gatefold heavyweight vinyl (with inner sleeves and newly expanded booklet), digi-pack CD a box set that contains vinyl and CD versions of both Journey and Return to the Centre of the Earth albums as well as books, lithographs and other memorabilia.
1999’s Return to the Centre of the Earth is also being reissued separately with everything released on 23 June 2014.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth 2014 reissue
6-disc Box Set [Featuring Journey and Return)
2LP Gatefold Vinyl
Return to the Centre of the Earth 2014 reissue
2LP Gatefold vinyl