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DISC 1
1. Merlin The Magician
2. Catherine Of Aragon / A Crying Heart Part 1
3. Revealing Science Of God
4. The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur & The Knights Of The Round Table
A) King Arthur Overture
B) Arthur
C) The Last Battle
5. Catherine Howard
6. America
7. Awaken

DISC 2
1. The Realisation / The Prisoner
2. Starship Trooper / Wurm
3. Jane Seymour / A Crying Heart Part 2
4. Lancelot And The Black Knight
5. Long Distance Runaround
6. Oriental Iceman
7. Elizabethan Rock
8. Paint It Black
9. Roundabout

DISC 3
1. Journey To The Centre 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)

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The ultimate Rick Wakeman 3CD box set for the ultimate fan of this legendary, pioneering keyboardist!

The most popular selections from Wakeman s voluminous catalog including the historic album Journey To The Centre Of The Earth PLUS newly recorded version of the hit Yes songs Long Distance Runaround, Roundabout and more!

Features Wakeman s trademark swirling soundscapes and classically-inspired/arranged epic rock!

A perfect introduction for the unseasoned as well as an essential addition to the collections of long time fans of Yes and progressive music!

Known to millions for his brilliant compositions and as a member of the influential prog rock band Yes, Rick Wakeman is a true master of his craft, a seasoned veteran who has been wowing audiences for more than three decades with his technically precise, stylistically flamboyant piano and keyboard performances. Wakeman s contributions to the music world, including guest spots on David Bowie s masterpiece Hunky Dory as well as his albums with Yes plus his numerous, classically-inspired solo recordings, could literally fill libraries, floor to ceiling. Now, Purple Pyramid Records is proud to present the single most comprehensive collection of Wakeman s best and most well known tracks, taken from his historic solo albums and recently recorded versions of classic Yes tracks as well as his rare, critically-acclaimed collaboration with Italian percussionist/vocalist Mario Fasciano. This awesome three disc, three hour long compilation not only provides the best one stop introduction for new fans but is a perfect companion for the serious Wakeman enthusiast. If you are thirsting for the ultimate in swirling soundscapes and dizzying displays of keyboard theatrics, look no further than The Ultimate Rick Wakeman Experience! --Cleopatra Records
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B0007OY4H4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When I bought this triple Wakeman CD, "The Ultimate Rick Wakeman Experience," I thought it would be a "best of" but it's all new recordings of some of his best compositions. Over three hours of new arrangements and interpretations. He does most of King Arthur, several Wives, all of Journey to the Center of the Earth, some choice selections from No Earthly Connection, his biggest Yes contirbutions, throws in some Stones and Beatles, and some newer stuff with an Italian percussionist/vocalist.

It's amazing stuff, but the packaging is odd. It lists the tracks, but they aren't correct. Some song are on the CD in a different order and some songs aren't even listed that are actually on the CD. For instance, an incredible interpretation of "Elenor Rigby" isn't listed. And nowhere does it list the musicians.

It's almost like a live album without the cheering crowds. He's playing with a really tight band that includes great drummers, guitarists and quite a few different vocalists. You'll be happy to know that the vocals are SO much better than the original line-up on Journey and Arthur. And this instrumental version of "Paint It Black" is unbelievable. It would be hard, actually, to accurately list the songs because it really is like a live performance. He does medleys and may start one track with Six Wives but then it transforms into an Arthur composition and back again, then on the next disc he goes back to the Wives theme in the middle of Starship Trooper or something. And everything is new arrangements.

I can't stop listening to it! I like it better every time I hear it. Thank you, Rick!

Back in the Seventies, my first concert was Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble.
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My aversion to "greatest hits" collections is legendary to, well, me.
My feeling is if you enjoy an artist enough to buy their product, you owe it to yourself and to them to understand and own the core canon. That said, how best to turn somebody on to new music? Greatest hits, you say? Well, maybe and no. You don't need a g.h. album for some bands: to use two wildly disparate examples, you just buy them the first album by Boston, or Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. That alone says what needs to be heard, and the audient can then advance on their own time into the deeper reaches of the artist's repertoire (with ever-greater delight in the case of Miles, with ever-diminishing returns in the case of Boston).

You want Rick Wakeman? You need to hear, have, and internalize The Six Wives Of Henry VIII and Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record, as those are his two finest works, and if you haven't yet heard them, one day thank me you will (and we'll entirely leave aside the idea of a synthesizer wizard as having "any" "Greatest Hits" in the commonly accepted usage of the term--although he did have a U.S. #1 album way back in 1974 with Journey To The Center Of The Earth).

So to greatest hits collections I normally say "bah". Not to this one though, because The Ultimate Rick Wakeman Experience is something else, a super-priced 3-cd collection that really does collect all of his best stuff+plus, AND does it in a way relevant to people who already own a good chunk of what is admittedly an over-voluminous collection of issued Rick Wakeman recordings. Here is his best solo and Yes material re-recorded in super-hot fidelity-this cd set makes your speakers jump in a way few other recorded works by Wakeman will.
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After enthusiastically ordering this compilation, some Yes songs, plenty of early RW, lots of favourites, some live sets, some songs not heard before. It was some disappointment on first listening realizing all of the above were not the original recordings. This is NOT the Ultimate Experience!!!
While the musicianship is passable, with some stellar Wakeman solos, the vocals just don't stand up, this is not Jon Anderson or Ashley Holt.
I contacted Rick Wakemans official web site for more details as to personel and recording dates and was politely told that they had no details of this "Cleopatra" release and that Rick receives no renumeration. It is not quite a bootleg, but definately not sanctioned by or has any input from Rick Wakeman or his management, thus the lack of recording detail and the scant liner notes.
I will enjoy listening to these 'alternate recordings' for what they are, however it is not what I expected...
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I believe the tracks on this compilation come from six sources: Rick Wakeman's "Almost Live in Europe," "Classic Tracks," "Stella Bianca," "White Rock II," and Wakeman with Wakeman's "Official Bootleg" CDs. The Yes material comes from Adam Wakeman's "The Revealing Songs of Yes" tribute project, however, only one track actually features his father Rick (on Hammond on "Roundabout"). So there you have it.

The messed up track titles are on cd 2:
1 is actually "Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight"
3 is actually "The Realization / The Prisoner"
4 is actually "Eleanor Rigby"
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