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No Earthly Connection (Shm-CD) [Import]

Rick WakemanAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Japan/Zoom
  • ASIN: B002CNV336
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Japanese only SHM paper sleeve pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players. 2009.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Masterpiece September 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I waited over 20 years for this record to be released on CD. And it was worth waiting for it.(My old record was not anymore in a good condition, after having played it over thousand times.) This early work presents fine music with wonderful inventiv melodies. It is more diversified and intellegent than many of the other CDs of Rick. There is gregorian like choral, mixed up with sweet Piano melodies and superb progressiv rockmusic of the seventies. For me it's a must for everyone, who loves intelligent music. Just relax and enjoy it !!! Helmut
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagery dodgy but the sound's just fine October 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When this album came out in 1976 I was visiting UK and I bought 4 records almost straight off the plane - this one, 10cc's How Dare You, Queen's A Night at the Opera, and Patrick Moraz's I. Of the four, No Earthly Connection brings back the most poignant memories of England for me, and it seems to have the most English sound and feel to it. I fell in love with it instantly, and time doesn't seem to have wearied it either, on hearing it almost 30 years later.
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as some might make it to be July 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you were ever wondering how Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur might sound like if those albums featured no orchestra, no choirs, and no narrator, then look to No Earthly Connection. It's no real secret that those two projects nearly bankrupted Wakeman, so it's little wonder why No Earthly Connection lacked the orchestra and choir. Still the band is the same as before, although by now calling themselves The English Rock Ensemble, with Ashley Holt handling the vocals, Roger Newell on bass, John Dunterville on guitar, Tony Fernandez on drums, and now a couple wind instrument players, Martyn Shields and Reg Brooks. The other vocalist Garry Pickford-Hopkins was now out of the picture. The old LP featured a silver plastic sheeting you were supposed to roll in to a tube and place in the center of the cover. You see, the cover features a warped face of Wakeman and a keyboard, and placing this silver plastic tube in the center allowed you to view Wakeman the way it was supposed to be, that is his face looking normal and keyboard straight. The album was yet another one of those concepts, this time something about music being the maker of the universe, or something to that effect. Without the orchestra, it's nice to see him once again bringing his Mellotron back to use, plenty of nice use of tron flute, as well as his usual Hammond organ and Moog synthesizer. I absolutely love how the album opened up with him doing multiple overdubs on his Moog synthesizer. The album starts off with a five piece suite, "Music Reincarnate". In reality they really sound like five different songs, like "The Warning", "The Maker", "The Reaper", etc. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The common opinion among Rick's fans is his best is "Six Wives" or "Jorney to the Centre of the Earth", or, probably "King Arthur".

Although they are great albums, I belive No Earthly Connection is Risk's climax. It has everything: haunting and memorable themes, grand polyphonic playing, concept and great band that did a great job supporting Rick.

If you like Rick's or Yes music, I highly recommend this album! This is Rick Wakeman in his best form and with his signature playing!

I promise you won't be disappointed, and I'm sure you will be humming melodies from this album after the very first listening!


There is NO legitimate edition of this album on CD, except of remastered Japanese mini-LP version! This version is available here on Amazon and eBay.

Yes, this version is quite expensive, but...

1) Sound quality is great!

2) LP replica is exact and very accurate, and it has all inserts the original LP had.

All "import editions" of this album in jewel case are pirte Russian CDs with 4-pages insert without lirics, etc.

Besides, sound quality of this "edition" is terrible: the CD was made by direct transferring from an LP in not very good condition. So, you can imaging how it sounds.

Even Rick himself complained in his interviews that pirates literally flooded market with illegal copies of his albums.

This is a shame many of great Ricks albums are still not available on LEGAL CDs, and many of them, like Criminal Records or 1984, are available only as expensive Japanese editions!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
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 more
Published on April 22, 2012 by Mr. C. York
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fast, everything ok
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.
Published on January 5, 2012 by der Festus
4.0 out of 5 stars hmmm...
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 more
Published on November 18, 2011 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure and Classic Wakeman
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 more
Published on July 11, 2011 by Johnny Prada
5.0 out of 5 stars " A MASTERPIECE"
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 more
Published on April 16, 2010 by Blas D. Pulgarvidal
5.0 out of 5 stars 'music has no earthly connection, taken from the source of Creation'
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 more
Published on December 17, 2009 by Deven Gadula
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Wakeman solo album
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 more
Published on October 21, 2008 by John Sposato
5.0 out of 5 stars Best prog-keyboardist solo album
Hands down! This is the most solid art-rock record by any one of the giants of the keys. I wish I could point to something by Emerson that's this good. Read more
Published on January 17, 2006 by Noel Pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Wakeman at his peak
Just like Yes had a "main series" of albums, No Earthly Connection is one of Wakeman's "main series". Read more
Published on December 22, 2005 by Steve Arasu
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Rick Wakeman Album
I had this on Vinyl when it came out and wore the thing out. It's finally great to see this thing available on CD even if it is an expensive Japanese import. Read more
Published on December 3, 2005 by W. Brett Hooper
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