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With all of his lengthy suites and unified concept albums, Rick Wakeman's solo work would appear to be very difficult to anthologize. As the first Wakeman compilation available domestically in the U.S., that's what Recollections: The Very Best of Rick Wakeman (1973-1979) sets out to do. The two tracks from Journey to the Centre of the Earth are edited excerpts, but otherwise all the material is present in its original, full-length form. Most of the other pieces (14 in all) are from The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Myths & Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, White Rock, and Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record — most of them cohesive concept works that devoted fans will already have. By its very nature, Recollections can't be anything other than a sampler for casual fans, but in that respect it functions very well. [A Japanese edition was issued in 2008.]

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Greatest Keyboard Player EVER!

How is it / No One has paid tribute to the Legendary Rick Wakeman yet? I'm honored to be the first to write about his incredible contributions to Prog Rock & the musical world. Here-in you have Rick's collection of solo classics. VI Wives is my favorite of favorites... Journey to the Center... a close second. & Aurthur... Oh who doesn't love the tales of Aurtur. The only dig on this collection is the reality of the story told on each Album & not being able to include it in it's entrity... Butchya knew that going into this saga. Even so - this collection is an excellent tribute to the greatest keyboard player ever! YES was his original band & will forever be how I hear him. Even so his solo albums are incredible. Truth be told / his greatest ever has to be "Rondabout!" The all time greatest Rock tune ever. But I digress / BTW; Yes Fragile... This is a fabulous Recollections Hit Collection. Enjoy.


Born: May 18, 1949 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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