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Rick Wakeman: Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1974

IN CLASSICAL music terms, this composition might be described as "lightweight" or of "little consequence." But as far as popular music is concerned, Rick's composition ...

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Rick Wakeman: The Down To Earth Star

Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1971

RICK WAKEMAN has been described as the saviour of the Strawbs, a musical genius, the great white wonder of progressive music and numerous other pretentious ...

Rick Wakeman: Just Another Yes Man

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, August 1971

WHEN HE was six years old, Rick Wakeman's father dispatched him to a very fine lady piano teacher in Harrow. Two lessons later the infant ...

Rick Wakeman: Sentimental Journey

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

After two years' work, RICK WAKEMAN'S Journey to the Centre of the Earth will be premiered in London tomorrow (Friday). Rick talks to CHRIS WELCH ...

Rick Wakeman: Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

SHEER ENTERTAINMENT, that was Rick Wakeman's highly successful solo concert at London's Festival Hall on Friday last week. Rick, the keyboard whizz of Yes, brought ...

Rick Wakeman: British Groups Have Gone Over The Top

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1974

The American tour was the last of the long ones ...

Rick Wakeman: Quitting Was An Obvious Move

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

A SQUEAL of tyres, a cloud of dust and Rick Wakeman and wife Ros, drew to a halt outside the "Valiant Trooper," an excellent boozer, ...

Rick Wakeman: Why I Said No To Yes

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1974

RICK WAKEMAN has a grand design afoot that could result in one of the most extraordinary, epic concerts in ye history of popular music. ...

Rick Wakeman: Beers of the World

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1974

"ON OUR rider for the tour of America – for the seven of us – we had twelve six-packs of Budweiser, two bottles of tequila, ...

Rick Wakeman: Journey To The Center Of The Wax

Report and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, February 1975

"THERE WERE these two Irishmen, Shamus and Paddy. Paddy sez to Shamus, 'Whaddya got in the bag?' 'Ducks.' sez Shamus. 'If you guess how many ...

Rick Wakeman: The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, April 1975

The Cadbury capers, part 1: the management requests you leave your brain at the door ...

Rick Wakeman: Next Stop – The Gods

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1975

RICK WAKEMAN on ice! It takes a cool nerve to launch a rock extravaganza in an area normally the preserve of pantomimes and hockey, but ...

Rick Wakeman: The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table

Review by Tom Nolan, Phonograph Record, May 1975

I ONCE VAGUELY planned a toney essay, to be modeled on Susan Sontag's ground-breaker, on the grotesque changes rung on the concept of Camp once ...

Rick Wakeman: Liszten To Rick!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

Lisztomania is quite a movie, says Rick Wakeman. He plays Thor in the film, as well as producing the music, and he tells Chris Welch ...

Rick Wakeman

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

"I'M SURE YOU were all as surprised as I was to find that Rick wasn't here, when we arrived tonight..." Brian Lane, manager, smiled uneasily ...

Rick Wakeman: No Earthly Connection

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, March 1976

ELTON JOHN put the honky Chateau de Herouville on the map but Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble put it on the label of ...

Rick Wakeman: No Earthly Connection(A&M AMLK 64583)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1976

RICK ORIGINALLY PLANNED an album dedicated to the gods of ancient myth, but shelved that when he became intrigued by the origins of man on ...

Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble: No Earthly Connection (A&M)****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1976

HERE WE are again and I'm not at all sure that reviewing an album twice is a good idea even if first time round was ...

Rick Wakeman: Art with a Capital F***

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, May 1976

RICK WAKEMAN on the aesthetic of bodily functions, as applied to rock concerts. "We'll have none of that thank you, we're English." ...

Rick Wakeman: Wakeman On The Attack With His Birotron

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

RICK WAKEMAN is one of a very exclusive breed – the International Heroes of the Electric Keyboard. For Rick's meteoric career has been bound up ...

Rick Wakeman: Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1977

FOR RICK Wakeman, Criminal Record is obviously the outcome of some in-depth self-criticism. ...

Rick Wakeman: Criminal Record (A&M)

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, March 1978

GAG!!!! NOW here's a useless bore that deserves to have his noggin bashed with a hockey stick until it's a gorgeous pool of pulpy gelatin. ...

Rick Wakeman: Rhapsodies

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1979

ONE OF Alfred Hitchcock's most memorable finales comes at the end of Strangers On A Train, when a huge carousel goes into overdrive and runs ...

Rick Wakeman: Rhapsodies (A&M)***½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1979

A MAN of honour is old Rick. Some three years ago when he was preparing No Earthly Connection he said he would like to do ...

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