No Earthly Connection

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No Earthly Connection
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Studio album by Rick Wakeman
Released May 1976
Recorded January–March 1976
Studio Château d'Hérouville, Herouville, France
Genre Progressive rock
Length 42:13
Label A&M
Producer Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman chronology
Lisztomania
(1975)
No Earthly Connection
(1976)
White Rock
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

No Earthly Connection is a studio album by English keyboardist Rick Wakeman, released in May 1976 on A&M Records. After touring worldwide in 1975, Wakeman retreated to Château d'Hérouville in Herouville, France in January 1976 to record a new album with his backing band, the English Rock Ensemble.

The original LP 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 colourful 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 available through Real Gone Music.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics and music by Rick Wakeman.

Side one
  1. "Music Reincarnate" – 20:24
    "Part I: The Warning"
    "Part II: The Maker"
    "Part III: The Spaceman"
    "Part IV: The Realisation"
Side two
  1. "Music Reincarnate (Continued)"
    "Part V: The Reaper" – 7:34
  2. "The Prisoner" – 7:00
  3. "The Lost Cycle" – 7:00

Personnel[edit]

Musicians
Production
  • Rick Wakeman – production
  • Paul Tregurtha – engineer
  • Didier Utard – assistant engineer
  • Toby Errington – crew in France
  • Jake Berry – crew in France
  • John Cleary – crew in England
  • Tony Merrell – crew in England
  • Tony Powell – crew in England
  • Fred Randall – personal manager
  • Fabio Nicoli – art direction
  • Mike Doud – concept/design
  • Chris Moore – cover illustrations
  • Geoff Halpin – logo design
  • George Snow – inner sleeve design
  • Mike Putland – photography

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