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Rick Wakeman's interest in music began at an early age and it was originally thought that a career as a classical pianist lay in store for Rick and a spell at the Royal College of Music would seem to support this theory. Unfortunately Rick preferred playing in bands and appearing on the lucrative session circuit rather than studying as a classical pianist, and therefore decided to leave the Royal College of Music or was perhaps gently pushed in that direction depending on whose story you believe!
Whatever the facts, one thing is certain; Rick Wakeman was in heavy demand playing sessions for some of the biggest names in pop music at this time (late sixties/early seventies) and as such played on many hit singles including records by Brotherhood Of Man, Cat Stevens, T.Rex and also played on the David Bowie single Space Oddity.
It was with this band that Rick first caught the attention of the band with whom he is most closely associated...Yes.
Rick left the Strawbs following a well received live album (Just A Collection Of Antiques and Curios) and a studio album (From The Witchwood) and joined Yes in time to record the bands fourth album Fragile and the single from that album (Roundabout) went on to achieve great success in America.
Rick would achieve great success with Yes recording a number of highly successful albums with the band including Close To The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans and the live Yessongs.
It was also around this time that Rick released his own debut solo album The Six Wives Of Henry The Eighth. Rick decided to leave Yes following disagreements over the bands album Tales From Topographic Oceans and went solo full time recording his second album a musical interpretation of Jules Verne's Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.
With this album Rick became a bona fide superstar and recorded more themed albums including The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and The Knights Of The Round Table. He also recorded two well-received film soundtracks for the films White Rock and Ken Russell's Lisztomania in which he also had a small role.
Returning to Yes in 1977 Rick managed to juggle both the responsibilities of a solo career and also his obligations to Yes although once again in 1979 Rick departed Yes for a solo career. Rick would return to Yes again on a number of occasions and at the time of writing is still a member of the premier British progressive rock band.
THE BURNING was actually one of the highest grossing horror films in Japan! Originally recorded and released in 1981 this soundtrack recording has always been a much sought after recording with Rick’s large and dedicated fan base despite faring not so well with critics.
This recording has been unavailable for some time and has been re-mastered for this release.
Theme From The Burning, The Chase Continues (PO's Plane), Variations on The Fire, Shear Terror and More, The Burning (end title theme), Campfire Story, The Fire, Doin' It, Devil's Creek Breakdown, The Chase, Shear Terror.