No Earthly Connection

Label
Universal
Release date
8 Sep 2003
Running length
7 tracks
Running time
42:15

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Part I the Warning 7:52 20
2 Part II the Maker 4:12 18
3 Part III the Spaceman 3:56 21
4 Part IV the Realisation 4:16 21
5 Part V the Reaper 7:52 52
6 The Prisoner 7:02 2,045
7 The Lost Cycle 7:05 752

About this album

No Earthly Connection is a 1976 by Rick Wakeman. It was recorded in France for tax purposes.

The LP record’s sleeve attributes the album to Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble. In addition to Wakeman with his wide variety of keyboard instruments, including harpsichords, Mellotrons, Moog synthesizers, organs, and pianos, musicians on the album are vocalist Ashley Holt, Roger Newell (bass guitar and vocals), John Dunsterville (guitars, mandolin, and vocals), Tony Fernandez (drums and percussion), Martyn Shields (trumpet, French horn, and vocals), and Reg Brooks (trombone and vocals).

The original LP release contained a small square sheet of reflective plastic that could be curved into a cylinder, which when placed on the front cover allowed the viewer to see the cover drawing undistorted and with a 3D-like effect. A barely noticeable thin colorful arc on the cover (see picture) appeared then as a rainbow keyboard about to be played by Wakeman’s hands, in consonance with the album’s theme of a creation myth based on music.

The album is currently out of print in Europe and the USA, but a remastered CD release is available in Japan and one is forthcoming in the States. There are currently no plans for an official CD reissue in the rest of the world.

The original art was created by Chris Moore at Moore Morris.

Track Listing
All tracks composed by Rick Wakeman.

CD version

“Music Reincarnate”* — 28:08

“Part I:The Warning” — 8:19
“Part II:The Maker” — 3:34
“Part III:The Spaceman” — 4:03
“Part IV:The Realisation” — 4:17
“Part V:The Reaper” — 7:55

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