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Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman (born May 18, 1949) is a progressive rock keyboard player. He is a classically trained pianist and has been highly acclaimed for his virtuosity. In his early years he was a pioneer in the use of electronic keyboards[?], and his name has become a byword for a keyboard player surrounded by a vast array of equipment.

He was born in Perivale, Middlesex, England.

Wakeman came to fame in 1970 playing with The Strawbs[?], and joined Yes for the first time in 1971. Wakeman has joined and left Yes at least four times in his turbulent long-term relationship with the group. In 2002, he joined the band for a fifth time.

Wakeman has enjoyed a long, extremely prolific, but only occasionally successful solo career. He has also performed as a guest or session musician for artists as disparate as John Williams, Brotherhood Of Man[?], Elton John, Lou Reed, David Bowie and Black Sabbath.

Once known as one of the hardest-partying rock musicians, he has been calmed down somewhat by an early heart attack, marriage (to a former topless model), children and conversion to Christianity. Despite once being a director of Brentford F.C.[?], he now supports Manchester City F.C. after a disagreement with the board.

Discography

Solo and with his son Adam

  • 1973 The Six Wives of Henry VIII
  • 1974 Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
  • 1975 The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
  • 1975 Lisztomania
  • 1976 No Earthly Connection
  • 1977 Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record
  • 1977 White Rock (soundtrack to winter olympics)
  • 1978 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performs the Best Known Works of Rick Wakeman
  • 1979 Rhapsodies
  • 1981 The Burning (soundtrack)
  • 1981 1984 (soundtrack)
  • 1982 Rock 'N' Roll Prophet
  • 1983 Cost of Living (soundtrack)
  • 1983 G'ole! (soundtrack to 1982 Soccer World Cup[?])
  • 1984 Black Nights in the Court of Ferdinand IV
  • 1985 Silent Nights
  • 1985 Live at Hammersmith
  • 1986 Country Airs
  • 1986 Crimes Of Passion (soundtrack)
  • 1987 The Gospels
  • 1987 Family Album
  • 1988 Time Machine
  • 1988 Suite Of Gods
  • 1988 Zodiaque
  • 1989 Sea Airs
  • 1990 Night Airs
  • 1990 Phantom Power (soundtrack)
  • 1990 In the Beginning
  • 1991 Rock'n'Roll Prophet Plus (reissue of Rock'n'Roll Prophet plus 4 new tracks)
  • 1991 Aspirant Sunset
  • 1991 Aspirant Sunrise
  • 1991 Aspirant Shadows
  • 1991 Suntrilogy
  • 1991 The Classical Connection (remakes of earlier works)
  • 1991 2000 A.D. Into The Future
  • 1991 African Bach
  • 1991 Softsword: King John and the Magna Charter
  • 1993 Heritage Suite
  • 1993 Classic Tracks
  • 1993 Wakeman With Wakeman
  • 1993 No Expense Spared
  • 1994 Wakeman With Wakeman: The Official Bootleg (live)
  • 1993 The Classical Connection II
  • 1993 Prayers
  • 1994 Live on the Test (live - recorded in 1976)
  • 1994 Rick Wakeman's Greatest Hits (remakes of old works)
  • 1995 Seven Wonders of the World
  • 1995 Cirque Surreal
  • 1995 Romance of the Victorian Age
  • 1995 King Biscuit Flower Hour -- In Concert (live - recorded in 1975)
  • 1995 Visions
  • 1995 Simply Acoustic (known as The Piano Album)
  • 1995 The Private Collection
  • 1995 Almost Live in Europe (live)
  • 1996 Fields of Green
  • 1996 Voyage (compilation)
  • 1996 The New Gospels
  • 1996 Tapestries
  • 1996 The Word and Music
  • 1996 Orisons
  • 1996 Can You Hear Me?
  • 1996 Vignettes
  • 1997 Tribute (Beatles covers)
  • 1998 Themes
  • 1999 Return to the Centre of the Earth
  • 1999 The Natural World Trilogy
  • 1999 The Art in Music Trilogy
  • 1999 White Rock II
  • 1999 Stella Bianca alla corte de Re Ferdinando
  • 2000 Recollections: The Very Best of Rick Wakeman 1973-1979 (compilation)
  • 2000 Preludes to a Century
  • 2000 Chronicles of Man
  • 2000 Christmas Variations
  • 2000 Rick Wakeman Live in Concert 2000 (live)

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