Progrography

Rick Wakeman
A classically trained pianist who brought his talents to bear on the progressive rock movement, first as a member of The Strawbs and later as a member of Yes. His long blond locks and flowing capes cut quite a figure, the mad magician evoking all manner of sounds from his array of electronic keyboards. Although Wakeman has returned to Yes on occasion, his primary focus since the '70s has been his solo career, which has taken him from elaborate progressive rock projects to more modest recordings, leading inevitably to new age music. His earliest recordings are generally regarded his best, both commercially and artistically. His debut, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, was an instrumental album that set the stage for subsequent works: concept albums that told a narrative of English history through grand arrangements. By the close of the '80s, Wakeman had shifted his attention mostly to new age albums. In the '90s, he began to record with his son Adam, who also played keyboards. In 1999 Rick released Return to the Centre of the Earth, his most heralded effort in decades, but the followup failed to match the success of its distant ancestor. Reaction to Wakeman's music is mixed: his catalog represents the best and worst aspects of progressive rock, but there's no denying that more than a few gems exist in his massive catalog.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1973 February THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII
1973 March Catherine
1974 May JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH
1974 October The Journey
1974 December The Battle
1975 April THE MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF KING ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE
1975 June Merlin the Magician
1975 November LISZTOMANIA
1975 November Love's Dream
1976 January Orpheus Song
1976 April NO EARTHLY CONNECTION
1977 January WHITE ROCK
1977 After The Ball
1977 November RICK WAKEMAN'S CRIMINAL RECORD
1977 Birdman of Alcatraz (edit)
1979 May RHAPSODIES
1979 May Animal Showdown
1979 November Swan Lager
1980 February I'm So Straight I'm A Weirdo
1980 October The Spider
1980 June 1984
1981 Julia
1981 November Robot Man
1981 Theme From The Burning
1981 December THE BURNING
1982 December ROCK AND ROLL PROPHET
1983 April Latin Reel (Theme From G'ole!)
1983 April G'OLE!
1983 COST OF LIVING
1984 December Glory Boys
1985 March SILENT NIGHTS
1985 June The Theme From "Lytton's Diary"
1985 December LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH
1986 April COUNTRY AIRS
1986 Waterfalls
1986 November THE GOSPELS
1987 The Gospels
1987 March CRIMES OF PASSION
1987 August THE FAMILY ALBUM
1988 February A SUITE OF GODS
1988 March ZODIAQUE
1988 July THE TIME MACHINE
1988 December Custer's Last Stand
1989 February 20th ANNIVERSARY BOX SET
1989 November SEA AIRS
1989 BLACK KNIGHTS AT THE COURT OF FERDINAND IV
1990 IN THE BEGINNING
1990 November NIGHT AIRS
1991 February PHANTOM POWER
1991 October Don't Fly Away
1991 THE CLASSICAL CONNECTION
1991 ASPIRANT SUNRISE
1991 ASPIRANT SUNSET
1991 ASPIRANT SUNSHADOWS
1991 2000 A.D. INTO THE FUTURE
1991 SOFTSWORD: KING JOHN AND THE MAGNA CHARTER
1991 AFRICAN BACH
1991 THE PRIVATE COLLECTION
1992 October COUNTRY AIRS
1992 December BEST WORKS COLLECTION
1992 CLASSIC TRACKS
1992 THE VERY BEST OF RW - CHRONICLES
1992 LURE OF THE WILD
1993 February MUSIC FROM CRIMES OF PASSION
1993 February WAKEMAN WITH WAKEMAN
1993 June THE CLASSICAL CONNECTION 2
1993 October HERITAGE SUITE
1993 November NO EXPENSE SPARED
1993 December RICK WAKEMAN'S GREATEST HITS
1994 THE WORD & THE GOSPELS
1994 April THE CLASSIC
1994 April 27 WAKEMAN WITH WAKEMAN: THE OFFICIAL BOOTLEG
1994 April Light Up The Sky
1994 November ROMANCE OF THE VICTORIAN AGE
1994 December LIVE ON THE TEST
1995 February ALMOST LIVE IN EUROPE (a/k/a THE BEST OF RICK WAKEMAN)
1995 THE PIANO ALBUM
1995 June THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD
1995 July CIRQUE SURREAL
1995 THE NEW GOSPELS
1995 Welcome A Star
1995 October VISIONS
1996 February 27 KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR PRESENTS RICK WAKEMAN IN CONCERT
1996 November VOYAGE: THE VERY BEST OF RICK WAKEMAN
1996 PRAYERS
1996 HORIZONS
1996 VIGNETTES
1997 February 27 FIELDS OF GREEN
1997 March 17 CAN YOU HEAR ME?
1997 SIMPLY ACOUSTIC
1997 FIELDS OF GREEN '97
1998 TRIBUTE (TO THE BEATLES)
1998 THEMES
1998 A WORLD OF WISDOM
1999 March 23 RETURN TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH
1999 May THE NATURAL WORLD TRILOGY
1999 November 16 SELECTIONS FROM JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH
1999 July 6 THE MASTERS
1999 WHITE ROCK II
2000 March 14 PRELUDES TO A CENTURY
2000 July 11 STELLA BIANCA
2000 August 2 73 AMERICAN TOUR
2000 October 16 CHRONICLES OF MAN
2000 October 17 RECOLLECTIONS: THE VERY BEST OF RICK WAKEMAN
2000 November 28 CAPED COLLECTION
2000 December 1 CHRISTMAS VARIATIONS
2000 ART IN MUSIC TRILOGY
2001 May 8 PIANO TOUR - LIVE
2001 July 10 WORD & HIS MUSIC
2002 April 30 CLASSICAL VARIATIONS
2002 July 23 TRIBUE TO THE LORD OF THE RINGS
2002 November 25 LIVE IN NOTTINGHAM
2003 June 2 THE MISSING HALF
2003 July 29 FROM THE FRONT ROW... LIVE
2003 September 8 THE OSCAR CONCERT
2003 September 22 RICK WAKEMAN WITH BANDA SINFONICA
2003 October 27 MEDIUM RARE
2003 November 3 JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH PLUS
2003 OUT THERE
2003 Out There
2004 January 25 ALMOST CLASSICAL
2004 February 17 THE MIXTURE
2005 RICK WAKEMAN AT LINCOLN CATHEDRAL
2007 CHRISTMAS VARIATIONS
2007 RETRO 2
2007 LIVE AT THE BBC

SEE ALSO...
The Royal Philharmonic Performs The Best Known Works of Rick Wakeman
STRAWBS discography
YES discography
Black Sabbath: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
David Bowie: Space Oddity
David Bowie: Hunky Dory
Elton John: Madman Across The Water

 

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