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No Earthly Connection (Shm-CD) Import

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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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  • 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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Helmut Huber on 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 By Amanda Bartels on 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 By BENJAMIN MILER on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. Brett Hooper on December 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Noel Pratt on January 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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. Rick even outdoes himself -- the music here is actually on a par (no pun intended!) with his SIX WIVES, and the vocals better than those on MYTHS AND LEGENDS. Rock momentums and classically trained delicacies all made to work in a complete and interesting "journey" (well better than than that album, BTW). When you think you can't take anymore of the crafty, meat-and-potatoes rockin' greatness, it starts over again: you discover you've got one more hunky track to go and you're thankful. That ain't excess; that's a perfect assembly of players and, most importantly, Rick having gotten on and stayed on a consistently melodious wagonwheel of progressive songwriting since his deft but spare contributions to Yes. NO EARTHLY CONNECTION has the best of everything, thus doesn't really even have the feel of a keyboardist's solo album. So glad it's back. And the production? Even the mp3s sound fabulous!
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