No Earthly Connection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in 1976, just as prog rock's hold in the popular imagine was starting to slip, No Earthly Connection is, comparatively, a streamlined album by Rick Wakeman. It is not as elaborate and ambitious as its immediate predecessors -- which tackled Henry VII, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table, respectively -- and only the length of a single vinyl album, with the first side devoted to the half-hour suite "Music Reincarnate" (it spills over to the second side in the original vinyl pressing) and the second splitting the difference between two songs, "The Prisoner" and "The Lost Cycle." Wakeman shows some ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in 1976, just as prog rock's hold in the popular imagine was starting to slip, No Earthly Connection is, comparatively, a streamlined album by Rick Wakeman. It is not as elaborate and ambitious as its immediate predecessors -- which tackled Henry VII, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table, respectively -- and only the length of a single vinyl album, with the first side devoted to the half-hour suite "Music Reincarnate" (it spills over to the second side in the original vinyl pressing) and the second splitting the difference between two songs, "The Prisoner" and "The Lost Cycle." Wakeman shows some slight hints of funk infatuation here -- "The Warning" works out its clavinet songs, with its second part buttressed by brass -- and the entirety of the "Music Reincarnate" side is a bit more forceful than expected in both its rhythms and attack. The other two songs have an element of breathing room -- even "The Lost Cycle," which begins with farting analog synths that never quite disappear over the course of the track -- but they're more distinguished by the flourishes Wakeman lays over the basic track, indications of how the keyboardist is so taken with his technique he thinks of it as nothing special, just something that deserves to be on ample display.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2013
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • UPC: 848064001195
  • Catalog Number: 400119
  • Sales rank: 36,885

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Wakeman Primary Artist, Organ, Harpsichord, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Mellotron, fender rhodes, Electric Harpsichord, Pedals, Piano (Grand), Piano (Upright), Hammond B3
Reg Brooks Trombone, Bass Trombone, Vocals
John Dunsterville Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Tony Fernandez Percussion, Drums
Ashley Holt Vocals
Roger Newell Bass Guitar, Vocals, bass pedals
Martin Shields Trumpet, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Vocals
Technical Credits
Rick Wakeman Composer, Producer
Paul Tregurtha Engineer
Gene Sculatti Liner Notes
Fabio Nicoli Art Direction
Geoff Halpin Logo Design
Mike Doud Concept
George Snow Sleeve Design
Gordon Anderson Reissue Producer
Fred Randall Personal Manager
Chris Moore Cover Illustration
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