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Rick Wakeman - Unleashing the Tethered One. CD - £9.99

Released: 11th October 2019

Richard Christopher 'Rick' Wakeman is an English keyboard player and songwriter best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known for his solo albums, contributing to the BBC comedy series Grumpy Old Men and for Rick's Place, his former radio show on Planet Rock that aired until December 2010. Wakeman was born in West London. He purchased his first electronic keyboard at 12 years of age. In 1968 he studied the piano, clarinet, orchestration and modern music at the Royal College of Music before leaving after a year in favour of session music work. He went on to feature on songs by artists including Black Sabbath, David Bowie, T. Rex, Elton John and Cat Stevens. Wakeman joined the folk group Strawbs in 1969 and played on three of their albums. He first joined Yes in 1971 to replace Tony Kaye and left the group in 1974 to work on his solo career. He returned in 1976 before leaving and re-joining a number of times.

Now a slice of Rick's history dating back to 1974 is finally to be officially. A fully authorised version of the Legendary Bootleg, "Unleashing the Tethered One". This recording was taken from multi-tracks originally used for a Canadian radio broadcast. The broadcast was transmitted just once and then mysteriously disappeared, along with the tapes. A bootleg recording appeared, which was reputed to have sold millions over the years...

Rick’s then record label did nothing to stop this version when it first appeared, which annoyed him intensely. Rick once tried to get to the source of the production to see if a deal could be struck by “legalising” it, but was told to “go away in short jerky movements” as they were keeping all the money and couldn’t care less.

CD, £9.99.

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