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The Red Planet

New distribution deal with MadFish

Rick is delighted to announce a worldwide distribution deal for The Red Planet with Madfish Music, which will see standard editions of the CD and LP, along with download and streaming versions on all major platforms, released on August 28th.

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Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble Return To Prog On New Album "The Red Planet"

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Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble has released “The Red Planet” on June 19, 2020. The album features 8 newly composed pieces, especially for this project, and harks back to Wakeman's critically acclaimed debut album “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” where there were 6 heavy keyboard pieces based around a central subject matter. It is a serious return to "Wakeman Prog"...

Rick has blown the dust off his favourite analogue keyboards and along with his with the latest keyboards, has used the same formula he devised when making his legendary albums The Six Wive's of Henry VII and Criminal Record.

Upon being asked about the expectations of his Prog Fans, that they are hoping he will have shoved the "Prog Fader" up to 11, he replied, “That could be a problem.... as it's already at 14!!!”

The first 1,000 units of vinyl come in 180-gram red double vinyl, signed and numbered, in a special “Pop-Up” album cover [SOLD OUT]. The first 2,000 units of the CD edition signed and numbered, in a special “Pop-Up” CD album cover [SOLD OUT]. These collectors items are sure to sell out quickly, fans are advised to pre-order to avoid disappointment, or worst still having to buy copies from auction sites.

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The English Rock Ensemble (ERE) features:
Rick Wakeman - Keyboards
Dave Colquhoun- Guitars
Lee Pomeroy - Bass
Ash Soan - Drums

Produced by Rick Wakeman and Erik Jordan

This is the first release on the newly formed R&D Media, which is a transatlantic partnership between music business veteran and long time Wakeman sidekick Rob Ayling and rock journalist and producer Doug Harr.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are you shipping each edition?
  • Standard CD - now
  • Signed CD - now
  • Signed vinyl - now
  • CD deluxe edition - now but without the DVD (see DVD below)
I have received a shipping email from Music Glue, it's been 3 weeks but I still haven't received my item(s)
Please send us a message which we will forward to the store manager.
Is there a surround sound version?
No.
Is there a high-resolution version?
Only available on the CD deluxe edition - for the time being, but this won't be shipped until the end of September.
Will you make the high res version available to download?
Maybe in the future, subject to the fans' interest.
How did the deluxe edition differ?
It had the deluxe pop-up packaging like the vinyl with a full booklet and eventually the bonus DVD .
What's on the DVD?
The high res version of the album plus expanded versions of footage shown online, but because of COVID, the last parts of the footage were to be shot at the space centre and include as many fans as possible. Now instead we invite fans to submit Red Planet questions to questionsforrickwakeman@gmail.com and Rick will answer the best ones in a video segment. Production will start immediately after this and the DVD will be sent out to all purchasers hopefully at the end of September.
Is it on streaming platforms?
Yes.
Is it sold on Amazon?
Yes.
Is it available in high street record stores?
Yes.
What is the format of the vinyl release?
The vinyl is a heavyweight 180gms double disc set, mastered at half speed for the highest quality. The vinyl is played at 45rpm, not the usual 33rpm.
How is this new Madfish release different from what has already been released?
The original release from the Emporium focused on deluxe editions for the core fanbase to ensure they got to hear it first. Madfish will be taking the release into general, worldwide distribution, including streaming platforms, but these will be standard CD and double vinyl releases, without the popup artwork and booklet.

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