No Earthly Connection (Shm-CD) Import
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I'm not sure the space imagery in the lyrics works for me - but the sound is just fine. The musicians and singers blend together well and nobody seems to get in the way of anybody else either in vocals or instrumentals. The theme is well developed and carried through the album, the horns are fresh, the keyboards are melodic and Rick shows he can write and arrange a song with sensitivity and class. There are also some poignant moments of tenderness you don't expect after listening to some of Wakeman's other works from the same era.
I like this album as much as Journey to the Centre of the Earth - and although I love Wakeman as a virtuoso soloist, I think he works his best music with an ensemble or a band as in Yes. Like Al Pacino, less is more, somehow.
The mix is crisp and well balanced as well, no worries there. My favourite tracks are Part 1, the Warning and Part 3, the Spaceman.
Overall, No Earthly Connection is a stylish collection of prog rock pieces - neither as showy as Journey, nor as dazzling as some of Wakeman's other works, but more satisfying musically and a real delight to listen to again after so long.
Trivia moment: listen to the sound of water at the end of Part 2: The Maker. A lovely, falling waterfall in a forest, right? Sadly, no - the source of the sound effect is that most basic of human functions, though not emanating from the maestro himself, thankfully.
The concept of this album is great, life and death and meaning arrived through cultivating your music soul. And Rick's playing is outstanding. He has all the great sounding solo's like in Six Wives, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Round Table. The English Ensemble was an outstanding back up to Rick's playing. This album has a much deeper and moody feeling than most of his albums. Just a great ablum, if you are a fan of Rick's, this IS his masterpeice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
strange and cool. more of a rock ensemble. like Yes with a lot more rickPublished 11 months ago by audiyo
I had this many years ago on vinyl then on cassette, the vinyl is long gone and the cassette chewed itself up so I replaced it in CD form. Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Mr. C. York
The estimated arrival date was much early than shown. Condition absolutley wonderful.
If there would be another CD in the future, why not ordering it here again.
No Earthly Connection isn't necessarily a bad listen- more like a surprising disappointment. Whereas as on the previous albums Rick Wakeman found a distinct way of combining... Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by Bryan
A classic of Rick Wakeman's, from 1976, in general hard to find, unless you are in Japan... Even the LP is highvalued nowadays. Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by Johnny Prada
This is by far the best Wakeman's album. It is basically one long song (almost 30 min) + 2 long complement songs, actually this album is intended to be listened in its entirely... Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by Blas D. Pulgarvidal
I hope you did not get one of those best of Rick Wakeman albums I also have a couple of, mixing his solo music with many songs of Yes. Read morePublished on December 17, 2009 by Deven Gadula
Originally released 1976, this is a concept album (like most of Wakeman's and prog in general). The theme is where music comes from and how it affects our lives. Read morePublished on October 21, 2008 by John Sposato