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Rick Wakeman
Born: May 18, 1949 in London, England
Active: '60s-2010s Major
Styles: Art Rock, Prog-Rock
Instrument: Keyboards Representative
Albums: "Best Known Works", "1984", "Best Works Collection" Representative
Songs: "Merlin the Magician", "Catherine Howard", "Catherine of Aragon"

UPC Type Title
604388664528 (i) CD 1984
4571136374397 (i) CD 1984(Mini LP Sleeve)
5017447400213 (i) CD 2000 a.D. Into the Future
5017447400206 (i) CD African Bach
022891502296 DVD Amazing Grace
5017447400176 (i) CD Aspirant Sunrise
5017447400183 (i) CD Aspirant Sunset
604388671922 (i) CD Burning
4571136374380 (i) CD Burning (Mini LP Sleeve)
5017447400343 (i) CD Chronicles of Man
740155104535 (i) CD Cirque Surreal
8231950100324 CD Classic Tracks
5017447400367 (i) CD Classical Variations
604388664627 (i) CD Cost of Living
5060230860466 (i) CD From Brush & Stone
604388672721 (i) CD Gole!
4571136374403 (i) CD Gole! (Mini LP Sleeve)
075021315624 CD Journey to the Centre of the E
760137505693 DVD Journey to the Centre of the Earth
825646310821 (i) DVD Journey to the Centre of the Earth
5017447400022 (i) CD Live at Hammersmith
682970000855 CD Live at the BBC
5060230863825 CD Live at the Maltings 1976
7798165451227 (i) CD Live with Symphony Orchestra
604388308422 (i) CD Live(1990)
075021323025 CD Myths & Legends of King Arthur
848064001195 CD No Earthly Connection
5017447400220 (i) CD No Expense Spared
5030950700526 (i) CD Out of the Blue
604388665129 (i) CD Out There
5017447400350 (i) CD Phantom Power
5017447400336 (i) CD Preludes to a Century
5017447999236 (i) CD Private Collection
4988005712677 (i) CD Recollctions-the Very Best of Rick W
4988005515452 (i) CD Recollctions-Very Best of
5017447400398 (i) CD Retro 2
805772100725 (i) CD Rick Wakeman: Vol. 1-Bootleg Box
5017447400145 (i) CD Rick Wakeman: Vol. 2-Classical Connection
5017447400121 (i) CD Rock'N Roll Prophet Plus
5017447400015 (i) CD Silent Nights
075021322929 CD Six Wives of Henry VIII
826992016429 CD Six Wives of Henry VIII-Live at Hampton Court Pala
5034504140622 (i) CD Six Wives of Henry VIII
082839322928 (i) CD Six Wives
801213028290 DVD Six Wives of Henry VIII-Live at Hampton Court Pala
801213334094 Blu-Ray Six Wives of Henry VIII-Live at Hampton Court Pala
803341345942 Vinyl Six Wives of Henry VIII
5017447400244 (i) CD Softsword
022891503798 DVD The Rick Wakeman: The Other Side of Rick Wakeman
5017447400329 (i) CD Themes
5017447400077 (i) CD Time Machine
741157147629 CD Ultimate Rick Wakeman Experience
5017447400305 (i) CD Vignettes
5017447400114 (i) CD Wakeman with Wakeman
680122715725 CD Xue Wei and the Romance of Cremona
5017447400060 (i) CD Zodiaque

Biography: Born in Perivale, Middlesex, England, Rick Wakeman's interest in music manifested itself very early, and from the age of seven on he studied classical piano. At the age of 14, he joined a local band, Atlantic Blues, the same year he left school to enroll in the Royal College of Music. He had his eye on a career as a concert pianist, but Wakeman was dismissed from the college after it became clear that he preferred playing in clubs to studying technique.

By his late teens, he was an established session man, playing on records by such diverse acts as Black Sabbath, Brotherhood of Man, and Edison Lighthouse. At the end of the '60s, his name also began appearing on the credits of albums by such artists as Al Stewart and David Bowie, and one set of sessions with a folk-rock band called the Strawbs led to his joining the group in 1970. After two albums with the Strawbs, Wakeman joined Yes, a post-psychedelic hard rock band that had attracted considerable attention with their first three albums. Wakeman played a key role in the final shape of the group's fourth record, Fragile, creating a fierce, swirling sound on an array of electric and acoustic pianos, synthesizers, and Mellotrons. Fragile was a hit, driven by the chart success of the single "Roundabout," and Wakeman was suddenly elevated to star status.

Yes' next album, Close to the Edge, expanded his audience and his appeal, for his instruments were heard almost continually on the record. During the making of Close to the Edge in 1972, Wakeman also recorded his first solo album, an instrumental work entitled The Six Wives of Henry VIII, which consisted of his musical interpretations of the lives and personalities of the said six royal spouses. Released early in 1973 on A&M Records, it performed respectably on the charts. Public reception of Yes' 1974 album, Tales From Topographic Oceans, was mixed, and the critics were merciless in their attacks upon the record. Wakeman exited the group before the album's supporting tour. His new solo album, Journey to the Center of the Earth, adapted from the writings of Jules Verne and featuring a rock band, narrator (David Hemmings), and full orchestral and choral accompaniment, was released to tremendous public response in both America and England, where it topped the charts. In 1975, his next album, The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, was given a grand-scale premiere at Wembley's Empire Pool, although it also cost Wakeman a fortune to stage the event on ice. During this same period, Wakeman began working on film scores with the music for Ken Russell's Lisztomania, which was a modest hit.

In 1977, Wakeman returned to Yes, with which he has continued recording and touring. His solo career continued on A&M into the end of the '70s, with Criminal Record and Rhapsodies, which were modestly successful. Wakeman's biggest media splash during this period, however, came through his alleged role in getting the Sex Pistols dropped by A&M Records soon after being signed. None of this bothered his fans, which rapidly expanded to encompass those he picked up through his work with lyricist Tim Rice on a musical adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, and his burgeoning film work, which included the music to movies about the 1976 Winter Olympics and the 1982 soccer World Cup competition. Additionally, he became a regular on Britain's Channel 4. Wakeman's audience and reputation survived the 1980s better than almost any progressive rock star of his era, as he continued releasing albums on his own label. He also remained associated with Yes into the '90s. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi