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    Rick Wakeman The Prog Years 1973-1977 (26CD/6DVD) coming this fall

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    The highly successful solo recording phase for Rick Wakeman is being commemorated with a massive box set covering his mid-’70s prog years. The Prog Years 1973-1977, comprising 32 discs (26-CDs and 6-DVDs) arrives November 17, 2023 in the U.S. and Dec. 1 in the U.K. The collection, limited to 1500 sets, spans the keyboard legend’s successful albums The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table, live concerts, and much more.

    From the September 18 press announcement: In a career that’s now well into its sixth decade, Wakeman has voyaged through time and out to the furthest reaches of sound. And now, the 32-disc The Prog Years 1973-1977 box set turns back the clock to the caped crusader’s imperial phase, when, as a solo artist, he released some of his most ambitious and virtuosic recordings.

    The collection also gathers together Wakeman’s Lisztomania, No Earthly Connection and White Rock albums, plus alternate recordings and a slew of live performances, from radio sessions to full concerts.

    The box set includes a 60-page hardback scrapbook, 10 postcards, eight full-size replica promotional photos and four A3 posters, plus reproduction press kits.

    Rick Wakeman The Prog Years 1973-1977 Contents
    1. ‘Six Wives of Henry VIII’
    CD1 – Original Album
    CD2 – Six Wives Alternative Versions
    CD3 – The Three Wives – Radio Session 27th Feb 1973
    DVD –Live in Melbourne 4th Feb 1975

    2. ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Earth’
    CD1 – Original Album
    CD2 – The Other Half
    CD3 – Live in Melbourne 4th Feb 1975 part 1
    CD4 – Live in Melbourne 4th Feb 1975 part 2

    3. ‘King Arthur…’
    CD1 – Original Album
    CD2 – King Arthur on Ice – Live at Wembley 1975 + Koseinenkin Hall, Osaka, Japan January 21st 1975 part 1
    CD3 – Koseinenkin Hall, Osaka, Japan January 21st 1975 part 2
    DVD – King Arthur on Ice – Live at Wembley 1975
    4. ‘White Rock’
    CD1 – Original Album
    CD2 – Original Music and FX Soundtrack.
    CD3 – The 1974 Canadian Broadcast
    DVD – White Rock Film

    5. ‘Lisztomania’
    CD1 – Original Album
    CD2 – The Real Lisztomania
    CD3 – Live from the Winterland Ballroom 11th Feb 1975.
    DVD – Lisztomania film.

    6. ‘No Earthly Connection’
    CD1 – Original Album
    CD2 – Live at the Maltings 1976.
    CD3 – The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland May 07, 1976
    DVD – Live at the Maltings 1976.

    7. ‘The 1976 Concert’
    CD1 – Live at Hammersmith 1976
    CD2 – Christmas in Rio Live December 21st 1975
    CD3 – Missing Pieces and Interviews
    DVD – Live at Hammersmith 1976 (quad mix) +Success Story, The Story of Journey and other TV Extras

    8. ‘And the rest…’
    CD1 – Live in Anaheim 11th November 1975 live part 1
    CD2 – Live in Anaheim 11th November 1975 live part 2
    CD3 – Reflections of Winter (White Rock Sessions) part 1
    CD4 – Reflections of Winter (White Rock Sessions) part 2

    HARDBACK BOOK
    60-page 12″ x 12″ SCRAP BOOK

    10 POSTCARDS

    FULL SIZE REPLICA PROGRAMS
    1974 Journey debut 8 pages
    1974 Crystal Palace Garden Party 16 pages
    1974/5 US tour 16 pages
    1975 Japanese tour 24 pages
    1975 Japanese tour 24 pages
    1976 UK TOUR AKA FA Challenge 24 pages
    1976 UK In Concert 8 pages
    1977 White Rock Premier 24 pages

    POSTERS:
    Poster 1 – Myths and Legends
    Poster 2 – Journey…
    Poster 3 – Lisztomania – Movie Poster
    Poster 4 – White Rock – Movie Poster

    REPRODUCTION PRESS FOLDER CONTAINING:
    PRESS RELEASES
    Lisztomania x 4 sheets
    Myths and Legends x 6 sheets
    No Earthly Connection x 2 sheets
    White Rock x 6 sheets

    PRESS PHOTOS:
    6 X Photos

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    Holding out for the 2,371 CD box set of his 80's new age albums.
    If you're actually reading this then chances are you already have my last album but if NOT and you're curious:
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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Holding out for the 2,371 CD box set of his 80's new age albums.
    Don't forget all the piano albums too, you wouldn't want to miss those!

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    I have the 5cd classic albums box and that is all I need
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    "The Prog Years." Sounds like they know who is still buying music.

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    Of the original albums listed I only miss White rock and Liztomania. I would be interested in 1984, but that one isn't included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve983 View Post
    Don't forget all the piano albums too, you wouldn't want to miss those!
    I know you jest, but some of those are really good!

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    Holding out for $989 limited edition 72 vinyl disc box version.

    If he does a "Disco Years" I'll probably just do the CD box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man In The Mountain View Post
    If he does a "Disco Years" I'll probably just do the CD box.
    Rhapsodies remix by S. Wilson!

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    What, no cape in the boxed set? If not, the least they could do is put a horse on ice skates as part of it. Geez, what a ripoff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeprogmeister View Post
    Surprised that Criminal Record wasn't part of this set.
    Yep. The Prog Years and no Criminal Records. Still on A&M at the time. Strange. Moreso since it is 1973-1977.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeprogmeister View Post
    Surprised that Criminal Record wasn't part of this set.
    Rick seemingly has never revisited Criminal Record. Finding him playing any track from it live would be quite a task. I can't recall ever hearing one, other than Judas Iscariot he played once like 10 years ago.
    Last edited by Man In The Mountain; 09-19-2023 at 10:31 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garyhead View Post
    $297.93 at ImportCD.
    I'm willing to wait 3-4 years until it goes on clearance for $75.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man In The Mountain View Post
    Rick seemingly has never revisited Criminal Record. Finding him playing any track from it live would be quite a task. I can't recall ever hearing one, other than Judas Iscariot he played once like 10 years ago.
    I've seen him play Birdman Of Alcatraz but of course that is just a piano solo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bytor View Post
    Yep. The Prog Years and no Criminal Records. Still on A&M at the time. Strange. Moreso since it is 1973-1977.
    That's... criminal ! Since C.R is one of his best records of that era (if not THE best, along with 6 wifes...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve983 View Post
    I've seen him play Birdman Of Alcatraz but of course that is just a piano solo.
    Ive got some recordings of him doing breathalyzer recently with I think Adam Wakeman doing the vocals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Krautman View Post
    That's... criminal ! Since C.R is one of his best records of that era (if not THE best, along with 6 wifes...)
    Agree, though I think The breathaliser is a dud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gojikranz View Post
    I’ve got some recordings of him doing breathalyzer recently with I think Adam Wakeman doing the vocals.
    Ah, yea I think I recall that. And he used to play Birdman solo piano back in the 80's. But still, material from CR has never been a staple in his set lists throughout his career. Did he ever tour the album?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve983 View Post
    I've seen him play Birdman Of Alcatraz but of course that is just a piano solo.
    Dont think so as he was wrapped up with yes and that was probably plenty of touring for him at the time.

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    I'm pretty much good with just Six Wives and Criminal Record.

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    As above.

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    ^^^
    Me three, and because of this thread and the set's exclusion of RW'sCR, I went and listened to it today for the first time since, well, the turn of the century at least. It holds up reasonably well as a counterpart to 6 Wives, and there's some really good playing from Squire in particular that I had forgotten about. I'm sure there's some contractual reason not to include it, but even if it had been in it wouldn't be enough for me to be interested in the package on offer. The albums with the ERE were huge for me when I was a teen, but I can hardly listen to them any longer; the cheese is too powerful for these aged ears. White Rock I still have on LP, which is enough, and I don't think I ever heard Lisztomania.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeprogmeister View Post
    Surprised that Criminal Record wasn't part of this set.
    Agree.. my favorite from Rick

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