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No Earthly Connection Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Collector's Edition


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Coming on the heels of his epic Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table projects, erstwhile Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman's 1976 LP No Earthly Connection was a relatively stripped-down affair with respect to its orchestration, employing the six-piece English Rock Ensemble (most notably vocalist Ashley Holt, guitarist John Dunsterville, bassist Roger Newell and percussionist Tony Fernandez) for a metaphysical exploration of the musical essence of mankind's soul. This departure from the symphonic sound of his previous releases met with a decidedly mixed reaction from Wakeman's fan base (though the album did hit #67 on the charts); as he puts it, No Earthly Connection was "…full of recording techniques and production that were way ahead of its time and the album has created more controversy than any other album I have made. It's either loved or hated…" Which may explain why this record has only seen release on CD in a limited edition in Japan. Yet, of all his solo records, No Earthly Connection, with its move away from classical themes, has probably the most appeal to modern-day prog rockers. Our Real Gone release features the original cover artwork, and includes the inner sleeve with lyrics and credits, with new notes by Gene Sculatti.

1. Part I: The Warning Introduction
2. Part I: The Warning Conclusion
3. Part II: The Maker
4. Part III: The Spaceman
5. Part IV: The Realisation
6. Part V: The Reaper
7. The Prisoner
8. The Lost Cycle

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 12, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Collector's Edition
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B00A8F0HKA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I love it as much as the first time I heard it, back in the day.
W. D. Gagliani
The CDJapan SHM-CD release of this album is out of print, so it was with some trepidation that I ordered this CD.
rburra
I choose this rating because I like very much this album and Rick Wakeman.
Paulo Malheiro

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Zaar on February 15, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I, like many others, absolutely hated this album when it was originally released. I didn't like the stripped-down approach to it. I was a big fan of "Six Wives...", "Journey..." and "King Arthur...". -- Years later when the Japanese CD issues became available (around 2003), I ended up buying it just to complete the early years of RW for my collection. So ... I gave it another listen. What a surprise. Apparently my perceptions had changed enough that I actually liked "NEC". In fairly short order, I became to love it, and it resides comfortably in my top 10 RW albums~(which, I admit, isn't too difficult. Even as prolific an album-maker as Wakeman is, for me the 70's output pretty much usurps anything else. Just my dopey little opinion.)~

For anybody unfamiliar with this work, don't expect a lot of upfront keyboard gymnastics. "No Earthly Connection" is more akin to "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth" in that the music serves a more narrative aspect. Not a lot of blindingly-fast solos, although there are piano/synth/harpsichord intricacies weaved within the music itself.

The (re)mastering for this issue is fantastic. The price is fantastic. Well worth the small investment (compared to the aforementioned Japan issue CD {regular and SHM}).

Universal put out "Rick Wakeman - Recollections" over a decade ago and the remastering was brilliant. My hope is if this issue is well-received, perhaps UMG will release RW's remaining 70's catalog remastered and priced similarly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Sposato on February 16, 2013
Format: Audio CD
It took nearly three decades, Rick Wakemans 1976 solo album No Earthly Connection finally is given a CD release in the US (it had one sometime in the '90s in Japan). It is one of my favourites of his. It still holds up amongst his many albums. The album never sounded better. If I had waited a bit longer I could've paid a lot less than buying it new though one should support the artists they love and the Japanese CD would be even more expensive which made it impossible for many to get on CD without buying a pirate release. I hope Real Gone will reissue other solo Wakeman albums from A&M Records in future and other artists with deleted titles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rburra on July 5, 2013
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The CDJapan SHM-CD release of this album is out of print, so it was with some trepidation that I ordered this CD. The first playing of this US release dispelled all doubts and the sound quality is excellent, 5 stars!!! May be all the vinyl copies of this album I could get so far were bad, but this CD beats all of them in sound quality. It is uncompressed and sounds very fluid, a 21st century CD, not your 80's perfect sound for ever release. I am not broaching on the music, either you know it or not, but if you are a Wakeman fan you will not want to miss this one, it is full of the best Wakeman devices, the musical worlds, innovations and techniques that have delighted us since Journey to the Center of the Earth and the Yes gigs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. D. Gagliani on April 20, 2013
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Yes, this is still brilliant after all these years. I love it as much as the first time I heard it, back in the day. I wore out the vinyl. I transferred it to cd myself when I could never find it (if there was a US version, I sure missed it). Now that this nicely remastered version became available, I was all over it. And you know what? It's still an acquired taste... and I'm glad I acquired it early on! I love it all. Pianos and synths, harpsichord, horns, choirs, effects. The Rock Ensemble. The "way out there" theme of music from the stars, or whatever, I don't care. It sounds like it shouldn't work at all, but it does. It really does. It's different from much of what's out there, and I think even many Wakeman fans were iffy on this. But if you give it a chance, put on the headphones, turn it up, let it do its thing, you just may find it's really good. It always was. "Music of my soul..." Indeed.

--W.D. Gagliani, author of Wolf's Trap
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Max R. Garcia on February 13, 2013
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I watched the obscene prices of the Japanese CD import of this album fluctuate wildly over the last decade... never reaching a price that made purchase an easy decision. Now with this release, its an extremely easy decision. I have owned this LP twice and it is such a relief to get an official US CD release. Any fan of Rick Wakeman, Yes, Progressive Rock, Concept Albums, Keyboards, and the golden age of the stereo album should not pass on the chance of owning this.

The theme of this album is not as clear as some of his other popular albums. I personally think it is a challenge towards listeners to think about how important music is to them, and the people around them. The message is that music can bring peace if it is used as a reminder that we are sentient and very different from animals. To go through life without this reminder can cause one lose their soul and become like animal. This is just my humble interpretation.

Thanks for reading. Good listening!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Covenant on April 19, 2013
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Most people won't even search for this if they don't know who Rick is or what he does.
Not gonna spend a lot of time with the details but, I love Rick Wakeman's music and his astonishing talent.
I don't love ALL of his albums but I do love this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Malheiro on March 27, 2014
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I choose this rating because I like very much this album and Rick Wakeman.
It's a shame his short music's career. But it's understandable 'cause his expandious work's.
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