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Rick Wakeman

One of the premier rock keyboardists of the progressive era, Rick Wakeman was born in Perivale, Middlesex, England, in 1949. His interest in music manifested itself very early, and from the age of seven he studied classical piano. At the age of 14, he joined a local band, Atlantic Blues, the same year he left school to enroll in the Royal College of Music. He had his eye on a career as a concert pianist, but Wakeman was dismissed from the college after it became clear that he preferred playing in clubs to studying technique.

By his late teens, he was an established sessionman, playing on records by such diverse acts as Black Sabbath, Brotherhood of Man, and Edison Lighthouse. At the end of the '60s, his name also began appearing on the credits of albums by such artists as Al Stewart and David Bowie, and one set of sessions with a folk-rock band called the Strawbs led to his joining the group in 1970. After two albums with the Strawbs, Wakeman joined Yes, a post-psychedelic hard rock band that had attracted considerable attention with their first three albums. Wakeman played a key role in the final shape of the group's fourth record, Fragile, creating a fierce, swirling sound on an array of electric and acoustic pianos, synthesizers, and Mellotrons. Fragile was a hit, driven by the chart success of the single "Roundabout," and Wakeman was suddenly elevated to star status.

Yes' next album, Close to the Edge, expanded his audience and his appeal, for his instruments were heard almost continually on the record. During the making of Close to the Edge in 1972, Wakeman also recorded his first solo album, an instrumental work titled The Six Wives of Henry VIII, which consisted of his musical interpretations of the lives and personalities of the said six royal spouses. Released early in 1973 on A&M, it performed respectably on the charts. Public reception of Yes' 1974 album, Tales from Topographic Oceans, was mixed, and the critics were merciless in their attacks upon the record. Wakeman exited the group before the album's supporting tour. His new solo album, Journey to the Center of the Earth, adapted from the writings of Jules Verne and featuring a rock band, narrator (David Hemmings), and full orchestral and choral accompaniment, was released to tremendous public response in both America and England, where it topped the charts. In 1975, his next album, The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, was given a grand-scale premiere at Wembley's Empire Pool, although it also cost Wakeman a fortune to stage the event on ice. During this same period, Wakeman began working on film scores with the music for Ken Russell's Lisztomania, which was a modest hit.

In 1977, Wakeman returned to Yes, with whom he would continue recording and touring for various stretches over the next three decades. His solo career continued on A&M until the end of the '70s with Criminal Record and Rhapsodies, which were modestly successful. Wakeman's biggest media splash during this period, however, came through his alleged role in getting the Sex Pistols dropped by A&M soon after being signed. None of this bothered his fans, which rapidly expanded to encompass those he picked up through his work with lyricist Tim Rice on a musical adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, and his burgeoning film work, which included the music to movies about the 1976 Winter Olympics and the 1982 soccer World Cup competition. Additionally, he became a regular on Britain's Channel 4. Wakeman's audience and reputation survived the '80s better than many progressive rock stars of his era as he continued releasing albums on his own label. In 1988, he and three of his Yes bandmates formed Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe and released their lone album in 1989. This lineup would eventually merge with Yes' other working half to release the 1991 comeback album Union. Throughout the '90s, Wakeman remained prolific, recording a handful of solo piano albums like Heritage Suite (1993) and The Piano Album (1995), as well as composing scores for films like Bullet to Beijing and Midnight in St. Petersburg. He also briefly rejoined Yes to record their Keys to Ascension album, though he again left the band before touring began. Following a 1999 sequel to Journey to the Centre of the Earth called Return to the Centre of the Earth, Wakeman began his fifth stint as Yes' keyboardist, joining them for several massive tours including a 35th anniversary tour in 2004. Meanwhile, his solo output remained consistent throughout the decade. By 2008, when Yes again resumed touring, Wakeman bowed out, and his son Oliver Wakeman replaced him on keyboards. Developing his own live retrospective, he toured that year with Rick Wakeman's Grumpy Old Picture Show then, in 2009, celebrated the 500th anniversary of Henry the VIII's ascension to the throne with a two-night live run of The Six Wives of Henry VIII at Hampton Palace Court. 2014 saw a 40th anniversary tour of Journey to the Centre of the Earth. In 2016, former Yes bandmates Trevor Rabin and Jon Anderson revealed that they had been writing songs with Wakeman with the intention of forming a new collaborative project together. ~ Bruce Eder & Timothy Monger
full bio

Selected Discography


Track List: Clair De Lune

1. Clair De Lune


Track List: Space Oddity

1. Space Oddity


Track List: Piano Portraits

1. Help

2. Stairway To Heaven

3. Life On Mars

4. I’m Not In Love

5. Wonderous Stories

6. Berceuse

7. Amazing Grace

8. Swan Lake

9. Morning Has Broken

10. Summertime

11. Space Oddity

12. Dance Of The Damselflies

13. Clair De Lune

14. I Vow To Thee My Country

15. Eleanor Rigby


Track List: Help

1. Help


Track List: Morning Has Broken

1. Morning Has Broken


Track List: Summertime

1. Summertime


Track List: Live at The Maltings 1976

1. Journey Overture (Live)

2. The Journey (Live)

3. The Hansbach (Live)

4. The Realisation (Live)

5. Lancelot and the Black Night (Live)

6. The Spaceman (Live)

7. Catherine Parr (Live)

8. The Prisoner (Live)

9. Merlin the Magician (Live)


Track List: British Live Performance Series

1. Catherine Parr (Live)

2. Elizabethan Rock/Make Me A Woman (Live)

3. Anne Boleyn (Live)

4. Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (Live)

5. Merlin The Magician (Live)


Track List: Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

1. Preface To A Journey

2. The Journey Overture

3. Journey's Dawn

4. Crystals

5. The Gothic Catherdral

6. A Quest For Water

7. The Hansbach

8. Fervent Prayer

9. The Recollection

10. Lost & Found

11. Echoes

12. 4 Miles

13. The Reunion

14. A New Vista

15. A World Within A World

16. The Raft

17. The Battle

18. Cumulus Clouds

19. The Storm

20. The Cemetary

21. Quarternary Man

22. Masterdons

23. The Forest

24. Ages Of Man

25. The Tunnel

26. Hall Of The Mountain King

27. Mount Etna

28. Journey To The Centre Of The Earth


Track List: 1984 (Remastered)

1. Overture Part One

2. Overture Part Two

3. Wargames

4. Julia (2012)

5. The Hymn

6. The Room

7. Robot Man (2012)

8. Sorry

9. No Name (2012)

10. Forgotten Memories

11. The Proles (2012)

12. 1984 (2012)


Track List: Nick Of Time

1. Catherine Parr/Beware Your Enemies

2. Out There

3. No Earthly Connection

4. Dance Of A Thousand Lights

5. The Cathederal In The Sky

6. White Rock

7. Wurm


Track List: The Phantom Of The Opera (Original Soundtrack)

1. The Visit

2. Heaven

3. The Rat

4. The Stiff

5. Evil Love

6. The Voice Of Love

7. Heat Of The Moment

8. Fear Of Love

9. The Love Trilogy

10. The Hangman

11. The Sand Dance

12. You Can't Buy My Power

13. Phantom Power

14. Rock Pursuit


Track List: Songs Of Yes

1. Revealing Science Of God

2. Long Distance Runaround

3. America

4. Roundabout

5. Going For The One

6. Owner Of A Lonely Heart

7. And You And I

9. Awaken


Track List: Retro 2

1. Chasing The Devil

2. Expect The Unexpected

3. Beyond The Void

4. An Angel Spoke To Me

5. The Soundtrack

6. The Fairground Shuffle

7. Robert The Robot

8. Standing Room Only

9. Tigger The Bounce

10. The Temple Of Life


Track List: Live At The BBC


Track List: Out There

1. Out There

2. The Mission

3. To Be With You

4. Universe Of Sound

5. Music Of Love

6. The Cathedral Of The Sky


Track List: Out There (Reissue)

1. Out There

2. The Mission

3. To Be With You

4. Universe Of Sound

5. Music Of Love

6. The Cathedral Of The Sky

7. To Be With You (Single Version)

8. The Mission (Single Version)

9. Music Of Love (Single Version)


Track List: Out Of The Blue

1. Excerpts From Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

2. Buried Alive

3. Jane Seymour

4. No Earthly Connection / The Prisoner

5. Catherine Parr

6. The Visit / Return Of The Phantom

7. Starship Trooper


Track List: Retro

1. Just Another Day

2. Mr. Lonely

3. One In The Eye

4. Men In Suits

5. Leave The Blindfold

6. Waveform

7. Retrospective

8. Homage To The Doctor

9. Can You Smell Burning?

10. The Stalker


Track List: The Ultimate Rick Wakeman Experience

Disc 1

1. Merlin The Magician

2. Catherine Of Aragon / A Crying Heart Part 1

3. Revealing Science Of God

4. The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur & The Knights Of The Round Table

5. Catherine Howard

6. America

7. Awaken

Disc 2

1. The Realisation / The Prisoner

2. Starship Trooper / Wurm

3. Jane Seymour / A Crying Heart Pt. 2

4. Lancelot And The Black Knight

5. Long Distace Runaround

6. Oriental Iceman

7. Elizabethan Rock

8. Paint It Black

9. Roundabout

Disc 3

1. Journey To The Center Of The Earth

2. Stella Bianca

3. A Quatte Mane

4. 'O Core

5. Ariel

6. Aria Di Te

7. Romance Napoli

8. Sologoccia

9. Carcere 'e San Francisco

10. A Quatte Mane (Atomic Gilda Remix)


Track List: Revisited

1. Elizabethan Rock

2. Catherine Howard

3. Starship Trooper/Wurm

4. Paint It Black

5. The Myths & Legends (Excerpt A. King Arthur) (Overture B. Arthur)

6. Sir Lancelot And The Black Knight

7. Jane Seymour

8. Eleanor Rigby

9. Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (Excerpt)


Track List: Classical Variations

1. Pathetique

2. Meditation

3. O My Beloved Father

4. O For The Wings Of A Dove

5. Pavane

6. Berceuse

7. Largo

8. The Swan

9. Where'er You Walk

10. Variations On The New World Symphony


Track List: Tales Of Future And Past

Disc 1

1. Merlin The Magician

2. Catherine Howard

3. Elizabethan Rock

5. The Fighter

6. Fields Of Green

8. Oriental Iceman

Disc 2

1. Catherine Of Aragon/A Crying Heart (Part 1)

2. Jane Seymour/A Crying Heart (Part 2)

3. The Realisation/The Prisoner

4. Lancelot And The Black Knight

5. Journey To The Centre Of The Earth


Track List: Recollections: The Very Best Of Rick Wakeman (1973-1979)

1. Catherine Of Aragon

2. Anne Boleyn 'The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended'

3. Catherine Howard

4. Journey/Recollection (Excerpt)

5. The Battle (Live) (Excerpt)

6. Arthur

7. Merlin The Magician

8. The Prisoner

9. White Rock

10. After The Ball

11. Statue Of Justice

12. Crime Of Passion

13. Chamber Of Horrors

14. The Palais


Track List: Chronicles Of Man

1. The Siege

2. The Abbey Garden

3. The Banquet

4. The Heritage Of Man

5. The Monk's Prayer

6. The Chapel By Candlelight

7. Castle Rushen

8. The Ruin

9. Olaf

10. The Peasant's Dance

11. Chronicles

12. Jesters At Court

13. The Monastery


Track List: Preludes To A Century

1. Prelude To A Millennium

2. Only A Dream

3. A Waltz Of Life

4. Forever More

5. The Dancing Piano

6. Reflections Of A Winter's Day

7. A New Dawn

8. Lullaby

9. Seasons Of Change

10. Waiting For God

11. Vienna By Moonlight

12. The Cycle Of Life


Track List: White Rock Ii

1. Oriental Iceman

2. Ice Pie

3. Dancing On Snowflakes

4. Nine Ice Groove

5. In The Frame

6. Harlem Slalom

7. Frost In Space


Track List: Themes

1. Fanfare

2. Bassolla

3. Nothing Left To Say

4. Latin Cycle

5. Ambient Loop

6. Without Love

7. Section Seven

8. Hall Of Fame

9. On Our Way

10. Forever And Ever

11. Freefall


Track List: Voyage

Disc 1

1. Catherine Of Aragon

2. Catherine Howard

3. Jane Seymour

4. Anne Boleyn 'The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended'

5. Arthur

6. Merlin The Magician

7. The Last Battle

8. White Rock

9. Searching For Gold

10. After The Ball

11. Ice Run

12. March Of The Gladiators

13. Summertime

Disc 2

1. Temperament Of Mind (Live / Instrumental)

2. The Journey / Recollection (Medley / Live)

3. The Battle / The Forest (Medley / Live)

4. Crime Of Passion (Instrumental)

5. Judas Iscariot

6. Hibernation

7. Free Song (Instrumental)

8. Part II: The Maker


Track List: Aspirant Sunshadows

1. The Night Wind

2. Churchyard

3. Tall Shadows

4. Shadow Love

5. Melancholy Mood

6. Mount Fuji By Night

7. Hidden Reflectons

8. The Evening Harp

9. The Moonraker Pond

10. The Last Lamplight

11. Japanese Sunshadows


Track List: Sunrise

1. Thoughts Of Love

2. Gentle Breezes

3. Whispering Cornfields

4. Peaceful Beginnings

5. Dewy Morn

6. Musical Dreams

7. Distant Thoughts

8. The Dove

9. When Time Stood Still

10. Secret Moments

11. Peaceful


Track List: Fields Of Green

1. Election 97/Arthur

2. Starship Trooper

3. The Promise Of Love

4. The Spanish Wizard

5. The Never Ending Road

6. The Fighter

7. Tell Me Why

8. The Rope Trick

9. The Nice Man

10. Fields Of Green


Track List: Cirque Surreal

1. Gnash

2. Balance Of Power

3. Wings Of Fortune

4. Static

5. The Party

6. Wired For Sound

7. Juliet

8. Tubular Balls

9. Carlos

10. The Love That I Know

11. The Jig


Track List: Night Airs

1. The Sad Dream

2. Twilight

3. The Sleeping Child

4. Mr. Badger

5. Jack Frost

6. The Lone Star

7. Rain Shadows

8. Fox By Night

9. Night Owls

10. An Evening Romance


Track List: Visions

1. Fantasy

2. Peace Of Mind

3. Innermost Thoughts

4. Vision Of Light

5. Higher Planes

6. Astral Traveller

7. Dream On

8. Thought Waves

9. Drifting Patterns

10. Future Memories

11. Levitation

12. Moondreams


Track List: The Seven Wonders Of The World

1. The Pharos Of Alexandria (Narration)

2. The Pharos Of Alexandria

3. The Colossus Of Rhodes (Narration)

4. The Colossus Of Rhodes

5. The Pyramids Of Egypt (Narration)

6. The Pyramids Of Egypt

7. The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon (Narration)

8. The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon

9. The Temple Of Artemis (Narration)

10. The Temple Of Artemis

11. The Statue Of Zeus (Narration)

12. The Statue Of Zeus

13. The Mausoleum At Halicarnassus (Narration)

14. The Mausoleum At Halicarnassus


Track List: Softsword

1. Magna Charter

2. After Prayers

3. Battle Sonata

4. The Siege

5. Rochester Collage

6. The Story Of Love (King John)

7. March Of Time

8. Don't Fly Away

9. Isabella

10. Softsword

11. Hymn Of Hope


Track List: Sea Airs

1. Harbour Lights

2. The Pirate

3. Storm Clouds

4. Lost At Sea

5. The Mermaid

6. Waves

7. The Fisherman

8. Flying Fish

9. The Marie Celeste

10. Time And Tide

11. The Lone Sailor

12. The Sailor's Lament


Track List: Live At Hammersmith

1. Arthur

2. Three Wives

3. Journey

4. Merlin


Track List: Heritage Suite

1. The Chasms

2. Thorwald's Cross

3. St. Michael's Isle

4. Spanish Head

5. The Ayres

6. Mona's Isle

7. The Dhoon

8. The Bee Orchid

9. Chapel Hill

10. The Curraghs

11. The Painted Lady

12. The Peregrine Falcon


Track List: Classic Tracks

1. Journey To The Center Of The Earth

2. Catherine Howard

3. Umberto II

4. Merlin The Magician


Track List: 2000 A.D. Into The Future

1. Into The Future

2. Toward Peace

3. 2000 A.D.

4. A.D. Rock

5. The Time Tunnel

6. Robot Dance

7. A New Beggining

8. Forward Past

9. The Seventh Dimension


Track List: Time Machine

1. Custer's Last Stand

2. Ocean City

3. Angel Of Time

4. Slaveman

5. Ice

6. Open Up Your Eyes

7. Elizabethan Rock

8. Make Me A Woman

9. Rock Age


Track List: Aspirant Sunset

1. Floating Clouds

2. Still Waters

3. The Dream

4. The Sleeping Village

5. Sea Of Tranquility

6. Peace

7. Sunset

8. Dying Embers

9. Dusk

10. Evening Moods


Track List: The Family Album

1. Black Beauty

2. Adam

3. Jemma

4. Benjamin

5. Oscar

6. Oliver

7. Nina

8. Wiggles

9. Chloe

10. Kookie

11. Tilly

12. Mum

13. Dad

14. The Day After The Fair

15. Mackinosh


Track List: Country Airs

1. Lakeland Walks

2. Wild Moors

3. Harvest Festival

4. The Glade

5. Dandelion Dreams

6. Ducks And Drakes

7. Green To Gold

8. Stepping Stones

9. Morning Haze

10. Waterfalls

11. The Spring

12. Quiet Valleys

13. Nature Trails

14. Heather Carpets


Track List: Silent Nights

1. Tell 'Em All You Know

2. The Opening Line

3. The Opera

4. Man's Best Friend

5. Glory Boys

6. Silent Nights

7. Ghost Of A Rock 'n' Roll Star

8. The Dancer

9. Elgin Mansions

10. That's Who I Am


Track List: Crimes Of Passion

1. It's A Lovely Life

2. Eastern Shadows

3. Joanna

4. The Stretch

5. Policeman's Ball

6. Stax

7. Taken In Hand

8. Paradise Lost

9. The Box

10. Web Of Love

11. Dangerous Woman


Track List: Cost Of Living

1. Twij

2. Pandamonia

3. Gone But Not Forgotten

4. One For The Road

5. Bedtime Stories

6. Happening Man

7. Shakespeare Run

8. Monkey Nuts

9. Elegy - Written In A Country Churchyard


Track List: 1984

2. Julia

3. The Hymn

5. Robot Man

6. Sorry

7. No Name

8. Forgotten Memories

9. The Proles

10. 1984


Track List: Rhapsodies

1. Pedra De Gavea

2. Front Line

3. Bombay Duck

4. Animal Showdown (Yes We Have No Bananas)

5. Big Ben

6. Rhapsody In Blue

7. Wooly Willy Tango

8. The Pulse

9. Swan Lager

10. March Of The Gladiators

11. Flacons De Neige

12. The Flasher

13. The Palais

14. Stand-By

15. Sea Horses

16. Half Holiday

17. Summertime


Track List: No Earthly Connection


Track List: The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table

1. Arthur

2. Lady Of The Lake

3. Guinevere

4. Sir Lancelot And The Black Knight

5. Merlin The Magician

6. Sir Galahad

7. The Last Battle


Track List: Journey To The Center Of The Earth

2. The Battle / The Forest


Track List: Six Wives Of Henry VIII

1. Catherine Of Aragon

2. Anne Of Cleves

3. Catherine Howard

4. Jane Seymour

5. Anne Boleyn 'The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended'

6. Catherine Parr


Track List: The Six Wives Of Henry VIII: Live At Hampton Court Palace

1. Tudorture "1485"

2. Catherine Of Aragon

3. Kathryn Howard

4. Jane Seymour

5. Defender Of The Faith

6. Katherine Parr

7. Anne Of Cleves

8. Anne Boleyn

9. Tudorock


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Amazon keeps throwing dollars back in my face - this music is not available... ( e v e n though the promise was there)... My God - I have a deep seeded NEED to hear this guy's music !!! OMG - I am suffering here !!!
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Sing it to me again
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Now I lay me down to sleep , I pray the LORD my soul to keep,if I should die before I wake , I pray the LORD my soul to take. Please pray for love , peace and compassion.
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No mention of his becoming a born-again Christian either, which has transformed his music a great deal since then.
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A total snoozefest.
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He was already in Yes when he recorded keyboard tracks for Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, not in his teens as the bio incorrectly states. And as another person stated, he did tour for the Topographic Oceans tour.
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alan.arper, likely no mention of Stevens bcaus he turnd2darkSi d e & a g r e e d w/xtremistIs l a m W h o T h r e a t e n d 2 k i l l A u t h o r back in 1981/1982 &cartoonists that Extremist Islamists ordered removed from our blue planet. Consequently , i removed CatStevens Albums FromMyCollec t i o n . . .
He cant be riding a peace train any more when the turd bird advocates murder, assassinatio n & presumably beheadings since we dont hear him using his BULLY PULPIT to call for 'moderate muslims' to do something to restrain these insa
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Bio is wrong. Wakeman toured in support of Tales. Also; why no mention of his work with Cat Stevens?
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Yes there is something almost spiritual about his music and performance
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Saw Rick Wakeman in Fort Worth Texas. He sounds amazing. His music is very relaxing
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It also neglects to mention his subsequent works following his embracing Christianity .
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Who writes the bio. Wake man didnt leave Yes before the Tales tour. He toured it & then left
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Lovely, "Still Waters"
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@figclef...i t ' s Rick's fault for me, too.
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If you liked the classic Wakeman stuff - King Arthur, Journey to the Center of the Earth, etc. - you've GOT to go and get Retro and Retro 2. Classic Wakeman sounds and writing. I bought Retro, listened to it, and after the first three tracks started ordering Retro 2...
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And what might I ask his act shall be rick?perhaps a tiger wrestler? a bear beater upper?a lion thrower?a hippo hurler? a elephant Squasher? a great big horde of hornet ranglers? a big bad wolf whipper?a cat clawed?
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I believe that wake man can and should push the musical boundaries past the point of no return,meani n g he has the ability to blow the musical universe wide open with an extremely synthesized, e t c concept or similar concoction if ya will!Emerson should join him,that says it all!
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Wakemans CD "music of middle earth"is very nice,its based on Lord of the rings themes,very eccentric ,like the rest of his music.
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This chaps nuttier than a liberal convention grab him now!his keyboard playing is sciztso,just kiddin,he's just a brilliant musician! episodes of musical mayhem with lively kaleidoscopi c bizarreness
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At the end of every gig while I'm tearing down, I tell myself that one day I'm going to make Rick help me with my gear because it's his fault I'm a keyboard player
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The Keyboard player in my Prog Rock band preferred Emerson. As a Bass Player, loved Yes, found ELP redundant. BUT, they did a tour with a 66 piece orchestra in Madison Square Garden just amazing. After the Works album.
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As far as Yes tours, the reunion Going for the One was a great album and a better tour. Wakeman IS BACK! saw all three nights at Madison Square Garden debuting the PolyMoog keyboard. What a step forward in sound. Still, Rick did not disappoint in having a truckload of keyboards on stage. Gold cape and all. Man, the nonsense we loved back then. Still love the music!
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In the selected discography, perhaps his finest solo album was left off - Criminal Minds, just well recorded, great playing, plus Rick playing the pipe organ in (if I remember correctly) Notre Dame. Criminally neglected.
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OMG, how awesomely beautiful !!!
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Wakeman vs. Emerson - two months before the Tales show at the Nassau Coliseum in '74, ELP were at the Garden for Brain Salad Surgery. Unreal. This may have been the height for both bands. Both utterly impressive shows. If you were into synthesizers , it didn't get much better. Then of course there was Genesis with The Lamb that year too. Album rock - started with Tommy in '69.
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Wakeman played the Tales tour. Bio needs correction. At least Wakeman was there at Uniondale, Long Island, NY on 2/14/74. What a show, they openned with the Firebird Suite into Siberian Khatru, And You and I, Close to the Edge, and then played the all the tracks to Tales and ended with Roundabout. The show went on forever, almost 2 1/2 hours.
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Great musicianship indeed.
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ASPIRANT: One who seeks or desires.
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Ultimately, my fave work of his has been with his longtime friend and associate Jon Anderson...t h e i r duet The Meeting from the ABWH album just sent ripples of loveliness into my very being. I have yet to get their collaborativ e album The Living Tree into my collection, but I will, Soon, oh, soon...
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Finally, an artist comment log with some intelligent discourse.
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Wakeman smokes da keyboard, Rick's got game...
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enjoy good tunes
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Gerry, you are a very fortunate person! I got to meet Wakeman in 2004 after a Yes concert in Las Vegas, and got to meet Moog sometime in the late '90s when he gave a talk on electronic music at a local church. But I don't have their signatures on a 50th Anniversary Voyager! In retrospect, I should have brought along my '78 Minimoog for them to sign!
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I had the opportunity to meet Rick Wakeman in 2005 when I attended his Christmas Party titled, Four Wakemans and a Chrstmas Tree at Marlborough College, in Marlborough, England. That was where he performed with his children, two sons Oliver & Adam, as well as his daughter, Gemma. While there I got him to sign my 50th Anniversay MinMoog Voyager, which I got Dr. Bob Moog to hand sign for me before he died in August of that same year. Now it has not only the signature of the great man who designed
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This Wakeman vs. Emerson debate was a big topic of discussion in the early 70s. My own take is that they are both so great whichever one I was listening to at the time was the best. Concerning that Knights of the Round-table LP which is listed in the discography. If it had been done without that awful vocalist whatever his credentials were it might have gone down as a classic along along with the Six Wives masterpiece .
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Odd that there is no reference to Myths and Legends of King Author and the Knights of the Round Table, my favorite Wakeman solo project.
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Continuing, Eddie Jobson's Green Album is his "Six Wives" to me, absolutely fantastic. I love everything he's done, with Zappa, UK, even Roxy Music, but he takes #3 for me in the Wakeman/Emer s o n / J o b s o n showdown.
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Wakeman or Emerson, the eternal question. Taking their entire bodies of work as a whole, I may agree with Peter Fithian a bit. Though his playing is always excellent, writing-wise Wakeman has turned out some less than stellar compositions . But in my opinion, everything on Six Wives holds up to Emerson quite well, and generally speaking Wakeman touches my emotions more often than Emerson. If I'm listening to Six Wives, Wakeman is king; Brain Salad Surgery, I'll say Emerson.
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Loved his work with Yes- Always thought his best solo work was Six Wives, amazing stuff there, even so- I must agree with pmfifth- Emerson was better.
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he is fantastic-an d he is touring now and I am sure he will put on a great show
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Rick Wakeman can be considered; even though not his preferred composer the W. A. Mozart of Classic Rock of the twentieth Century.
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@Rage Cage - thanks, man... ;D
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Same here Steve. Saw Tales tour in Memphis in 74'. Wakeman was there.
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@Peter Fithian - i gotta say, it is SO refreshing to hear criticism that actually has some competent thought behind it. i totally agree with you. and props on your shoutout to Tarkus. it's to die for.
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While Wakeman's technique was impressive, his writing ability (or creative talent) was far inferior to the likes of Emerson or (Eddie) Jobson. He never wrote anything that wasn't in standard time or didn't use mundane chord progressions . You listen to something like 'Tarkus' and it's obvious...
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saw Rick doing Journey to the center of the earth in Detroit Cabo arena then again doing the Round table at that concert Gary Wright open up for him he was great also ....
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Bio correction correction, apparently Rick left Yes during the Tales tour because I went to a Yes concert later that same year (1974) and was quite disappointed to realize that Rick Wakeman was NOT performing. Today, after getting up to identify the piece I was hearing on Ambient Radio (Pandora) I was pleasantly surprised to learn it was Whispering Cornfields (from Sunrise) by Rick Wakeman. I'm sure we can all agree that Rick Wakeman is an artist of incredible creative 'depth'.
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Bio correction - Rick didn't leave "before" the Tales tour, but afterward. My first Yes concert was the Tales tour in March 1974, and Wakeman was there in all his sequined glory. Fantastic show!
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Wakeman marks an era ; that started as young man playing for London Phylarmonic Orchestra.Al o n g with Steve Howe ; Jon Anderson ; Bruford and Obviously the magnificent bass player whose name does not come to mind was part of the best progressive rock group ever. But to listen to this virtuoso as a soloist is just breathtaking
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